Our Breeding Program

Boyd & WhiteBulls Patches
Boyd & WhiteBulls Patches (Dailey's TugO'War x Boyd's/ Hines' Moleque)
the kind of dog we like to produce
Mikie
Mikie, from our first breeding,
Symmes' Rip N'Woody x Moleque
(Red Machine, Tosh, Country Boy, and Snowbird)

We have developed a breeding program using the best we can find of the Johnson-type, Scott-Williamson-type and White English-type bulldogs. Our breedings average 70% Johnson, 15% Scott, and 15% White English, with the goal of producing awesome, functional bulldogs in the 85-100 lb. range, with large bulldoggy heads, muscular, powerful bodies, good hips, great athletic ability and graceful movement, outgoing with medium to high drives for families or working, and finally, free from the genetic problems that have plagued related breeds, such as the English Bulldog, The English Bull Terrier, and the Bullmastiff. It is our sincere desire to maintain the American Bulldog's good qualities, improve on its deficiencies and prevent the degeneration that has happened to its cousins.

Our program to develop and maintain these great dogs involves rigorous selection for physical type, temperament, and soundness. The few dogs that pass our selection for physical type and sound temperament are then subjected to hip evaluation by the OFA and/or Penn-Hip, which unfortunately also eliminates many fine dogs. Any eye or skin problems that appear as a dog develops also result in disqualification as a breeding animal. We have tested and had many dogs titled in Schutzhund, a German dog sport that requires intelligence and discipline, as well as courage and athleticism. Dogs titled under our ownership include: Mikie, SchH III, BST; Woodchip, SchH BH, SchH I, CD 1; Tatanka, SchH BH, SchH I; Reba, SchH BH, SchH I, AD, Korung; Blizzard SchH BH, and Moleque received a ROM (Register of Merit) from the WABA for the number of dogs she's produced with working titles. Another part of our program is to show and promote these dogs at whatever rare breed shows we are able to attend. Matt is also a recognized judge for the ABA and the ABNA and has traveled nationally and internationally to judge shows. We constantly informally assess our puppies, but upon request, they can be formally temperament-tested in order to match puppies with their functions in their new homes, be it as a Schutzhund sport dog, or as a family or jogging companion dog.


4 week old pups out of
Rob Boyd's "The Hammer", BST I & II, PH 0.35, 0.42 x
Boyd's Country Bumpkin, OFA Good

6 week old pups
Gr. Ch. Boyd's Air Jordan, OFA Good hips and elbows x
Tory Hesta, OFA Good, hips & elbows

Old Dogs and Old Pedigrees:
One way we have chosen to keep the breed close to its roots is by using old dogs and old pedigrees. While some breeders take pride in the number of generations of dogs of their breeding they can stack up, we take pride in just the opposite. Stacking up generations of dogs means that young and unproven dogs are bred, then moved in order to make space for their offspring. We, on the other hand, go to considerable expense to use the oldest and most proven dogs we can find. Old dogs have withstood the test of time, have working and show titles and health evaluations that young dogs have not attained, and have a proven record of what they produce. Examples of this type of breeding are our first breeding to Rip N' Woody when he was ten, Tug O'War when he was nine, Tatanka when he was nine, Hammer when he was nine, Velvet when he was nine, Kahili when he was nine, and so on. The sooner our pedigrees go back to the old and very well-proven stud dogs and brood bitches, the better for us. You will find many of the top historical stud dogs and brood bitches well forward in our pedigrees. This may cost us some in the conformational consistency of our litters, but that is a small price to pay for the health, vigor, and historical legacy we get with the offspring of dogs with "heirloom" pedigrees.

Temperament:
Over the years we have been breeding these dogs, one thing has risen to the top of our priorities-temperament. This is a large, powerful guardian breed, so it is essential that they be trustworthy around family and friends, while retaining the guardian characteristics inherent to the breed. We are also placing a very high priority on lowering dog aggression, in my opinion the breed's biggest weakness. Dog aggression is bad enough, but it also can lead to human bite incidents that could be prevented if the dog aggression didn't start something. Certain dogs and lines have naturally lower dog aggression, and we are trying to focus on reproducing that while still keeping the working ability to perform Schutzhund and similar sports at the highest levels.

Moleque & Woodchip
Boyd's/Hines Moleque, OFA Excellent hanging out with
Boyd's Rippin' Woodchip, SchH I, when she was a pup
Caleb & pups
Our son, Caleb, with Woody/Moleque litter
you can see Mikie here as a pup

Incentives:
Several unusual parts of our breeding program are to sell all breeding-quality males with two stud services back to Boyd's Bulldogs' bitches, and to offer incentives for working or showing your Boyd's Bulldog. As breeders who wish to improve the breed, but with limited space and energy, the stud-services-back term is a way of selecting the very best of what we produce in order to maximize the next generation. The Boyds will cover breeding-related costs and will not owe an additional stud fee. The owner of the dog will have no limitations to their own breeding , and the chance of using a given dog is slim, as all the males are sold in this way. If one trains a Boyd's Bulldog to a Schutzhund I or French Ring 1 title, or gets it trained and in service as a working police K-9, we will offer the owner a second pup for free. Likewise, if one shows a Boyd's Bulldog to an ABA championship, or trains it to a BST/WST, or a French Ring Brevet, we will offer a 50% discount on a second pup for each of these accomplishments (credit not to be over one puppy for training or show titles).

Our Policy on NCL Carrier Puppies:
Thanks to the University of Missouri's and VetGen's DNA tests for NCL, ceroid lipofuscinosis has become the easiest of genetic problems to deal with. Much easier than hips, temperament and skin problems. Imagine a cheek cell test that can be done at three days old that could identify not only dogs that would end up having (affected) bad hips or a poor temperament when grown, but could also identify if the dog had the potential (carrier) to ever produce such a problem! Since many of the breed's finest working and show dogs have tested positive as carriers, it would be harmful to the breed if the finest dogs out there are not bred, though the puppies of carriers must be tested to determine who the carriers are, and buyers must be notified.

Since several of our best dogs are NCL carriers, we will continue to do breedings with them, as well as other outstanding dogs that happen to be carriers. Breeding a carrier to a non-carrier will produce around 50% of the puppies who carry the disease recessively, so we offer these puppies for sale at a reduced price with an additional $200 spay/ neuter rebate. Because the gene occurs at random, often the finest pups in the litter will be carriers. This allows people looking for a quality pet to get an outstanding one with a little price break.

Occasionally a carrier pup will be of such high quality that a working/ showing buyer will take on the pup with knowledge that a higher level of commitment will be required in testing and following through on any carrier puppies such a dog produces. We understand that some carriers may end up being bred, but as with all other traits, it is the breeder's responsiblity to only breed the best, and the buyer's responsiblity to require that from the breeder.

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