We are dog enthusiasts located on the South Texas border dedicated to the promotion and preservation of this valiant creature known as the American Pitbull Terrier (APBT). We are not a kennel. Our red nose dogs are our pets and are used as watchdogs. We live in a border town located close to the Rio Grande River and have many issues with illegal aliens crossing it to come into the United States. Our neighborhood is a few miles away with nothing but wooded area in between. This makes it ideal ground for illegal aliens to cross fairly undetected.
It is not a surprise to see U.S. Border Patrol and local law enforcement outside our windows. Or to hear helicopters buzzing on top of our roof on a daily basis. We have witnessed our fair share of pursuits that end up in front of our house with illegal’s scattered in every direction. Many are able to escape this way and seek refuge in the brush. They have used our neighbor's backyards as escape routes and have stolen property along the way. In one instance, an illegal alien from India sought refuge in my neighbor’s outdoor laundry room and hid in there for 2 days without them knowing. On another occasion, we witnessed loads of marijuana being transported onto the back of a pick up truck. The drug wars that occur in Mexico can actually be heard from across the river here. We've heard gun shots and even machine guns going off on several occasions.
Needless to say, this situation poses a real threat to our property and personal safety. Our dogs help protect our property from intruders and this gives us some peace of mind.
"DUDE of Red Demons"
Castillo bloodline (Chocolate Red Nose)
In choosing our family companion, we researched many red nose APBT bloodlines. We knew that we did not want the overgrown, disproportionate, OR "bully" version of the APBT. After all, we needed a dog that would be athletic with inherent watchdog capabilities. We were also looking for an APBT with showmanship characteristics. Much like those of the first dogs brought to the U.S. from England, Wales, and Ireland and we ran across the bloodline known as the Old Family Reds. To us, these magnificent creatures capture the spirit and values that were once very alive in this country. History has proven that the American Pitbull Terrier is a loyal, courageous, and loving canid. It is an adaptable and powerful creature with the drive to please its master for any bidding. For this reason, the pitbulls history is that of a gladiator. Today, these dogs excel as working dogs, conformation, personal protection, watchdogs, or simply house pets.
Below is an example of a Castillo Red Nose Bloodline APBT (Old Family Red) that excels at weight pulling.
RPBK's I Got That Fire, AKA Saphira
The Castillo Bloodline as described on Tekla
"Heavy Champion and Grand Champion background. Old family Reds
stemming from Hemphill / Wallace lines. Excellent for family pets, show,
or guard dogs. Heavy bone, large muscular dogs with strength, beauty, and
intelligence. These dogs have probably the best line bred CH and GR CH UKC
'Purple Ribbon bloodlines you will ever see. The line is from Hemphill/Wallace
foundation starting with breedings between Red Brava and 'PR' Hazard Joe. These
breedings produce greats like GR CH 'PR' Misty Kona Gold and CH 'PR' Castillo's
California Sundancer. Kona was then bred a couple of times by Tekla Castillo to
GR CH Dynamite Red Rock, producing GR CH 'PR' Castillo's Stormbringer, GR CH
'PR' Castillo's Red Alexis, GR CH 'PR' Castillo's Satin Lace (who was bred to
GR CH Sato's Royal Windsor who was out of GR CH Red Rock to produce CH
California Girl., GR CH 'PR' Castillo's Satin Lace was bred to NTL GR CH 'PR'
Jerich's Dream Weaver and produced GR CH 'PR' Satin's Kahlua. Take a look at 'PR' Tekla's
made in the shade of California's pedigree and 'PR'
Castillo's Drago Thunder of California's pedigree to see examples of
these great breedings. As a result of this you get puppies that resemble there
parents and grand parents, all ranging between 85 and 95+ pounds males and
females, with golden/green eyes and are all cocoa, red and sometimes cream. I
have seen several times where people breed these nice CH And GR CH Dogs at
other kennels to dogs of other lines and do not get the same colors, size and
look as the parents. THAT IS NOT THE CASE HERE. Go to the pictures page and see what we have produced. None of these dogs are
"experiments or accidents". You can look at a Castillo pitbull and
tell they are from her line, something not found with many pitbull breeders of
*Note- Castillo's today normally weigh between 60-75lbs.
Although the APBT, as well as many other modern
breeds, posses a canine ancestry that fought other animals, whether it was bulls, boars, bears, lions,
or other dogs, that was not their sole or main function. Certainly the APBT
excels at fighting-no other breed can match him-but lets look at the other
functions of this ancient breed. The APBT was used to work with a variety
of large animals including domestic cattle. His talents have been utilized by
hunters as a holding dog, stockmen as a catch dog, farmers as a watchdog, and
gamblers as a fighter. The modern day APBT is primarily kept as a pet and family
companion. One of the many detrimental myths of this breed is that they are
mainly bred and maintained as a fighting dog. The reality is that a very small
and ever decreasing percentage of APBT's were ever used for professional
fighting. The pro dog fighter tends to prefer small (35lbs or so) very thin dogs
which due to their size are not suited for many of the tasks asked of the modern day working dog.
historical truth is the APBT has not only
done well, but thrived at whatever challenges it has been asked to perform.
You may often hear the APBT referred to simply as a bulldog. The
bulldog of several centuries ago was an agile, muscular
dog of medium size, quite capable of participating
in the bull and bear-baiting events of its time. Bulldogs were admired
for their intelligence, physical courage, gameness and their tolerance
of pain. All desirable qualities for dogs working with animals many
times their size. Artists' renderings of the bulldog of the 18th and
19th centuries show a
canine of extreme similarity to the modern APBT. This similarity has
led many to claim that the
modern APBT is indeed the original pure Bulldog of the British Isles.
records do not support this. There are references claiming crosses
between bulldogs and terriers. The reasons
given for crossing the two was to increase speed and activity by adding
the agile and active hunting
terriers of the time. Some state that the bull-and-terrier breeds
interbreeding of the White English terrier. Others state
that several types of larger hunting terriers were used in crossing. It
has been pointed out that
some bull-and-terrier breeds had wiry coats and a variety of colors not
bulldogs or in the White English terriers. The dog fighters were
among the first to keep records about pedigrees. England,
Scotland, Ireland and the United States brought the bull-and-terrier
their ultimate fighting form. Each country had its own variety.
England had the Staffordshire bulls, Scotland the Blue Paul, Ireland
exported to America many of the red nosed
as the Old Family Red Nosed Line.
The APBT has been a victim of a great deal of bad
publicity. While the APBT is no perfect angel there are other breeds that are
often mistaken as the APBT. Often the APBT gets the blame for the actions
of these canines. Boxers, American bulldogs, Bull terriers, English
bulldogs, Great Danes, Mastiffs, Labs, mixed breeds......all have been mistakenly branded as
APBT at one time or another. Even with all the negative publicity, the APBT
has remained very popular. Popularity is not always a good thing. It has come
with its price, attracting a group of so called breeders with dollar signs
in their eyes doing absolutely nothing for the improvement of the breed. Dogs that should never have been
considered for a breeding program have been
bred repeatedly with no regards of temperaments, intelligence, health, or genetic
defects. Over the years the public has heard all the stories about this
"canine loose cannon" and it attracted some people to the breed for
the wrong reasons. People who should have never
had this powerful breed were able to get dogs that should never have been bred
making for a horrible combination.
The APBT chosen from a well-bred litter
will and not be any more problem than any
other breed, and less than most. If the APBT were making a debut for the first time,
general perception would be different.
There would be no fighting history and the breed would not have
been hurt by over breeding. If you were to look at the APBT for the first time, you would see an exceptional
breed. It has a short, easy to groom coat in many colors. It is large enough to be a protection dog,
but small enough to fit in with most families. APBT's are intelligent, easy to housebreak, and do well in obedience.
They are protective, but no more aggressive than any other working breeds.
The breed is an attractive, versatile breed with many excellent qualities.
Whatever the origin is
believed to be, what we have is one of the most determined, intelligent, loyal
breeds known to man.
Although the media has not cast a positive image on the APBT, we believe they can be great family pets for responsible owners. This a strong breed that requires plenty of daily exercise, obedience training, socialization, and daily belly rubs. There are a lot of resources out there to educate any interested individual on this breed. Pitbulls for Dummies would be a good place to start. This book is very informative and a fun read.