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          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.

Kane with the U.S. Border Patrol 
 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.  
U.S. Border Patrol Chopper aka OmahaNeedless 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.


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Kane and Border Patrol
On a regular Sunday afternoon...15 illegals were apprehended outside our home and Kane was loving it!!


Dude of Red Demons, Castillo bloodline                            "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.
Saphira weight pulling.  She is a daughter of Scratch.
                                                          RPBK's I Got That Fire, AKA Saphira
The Castillo Bloodline as described on Tekla Castillo's website:

"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 "today".

*Note- Castillo's today normally weigh between 60-75lbs.



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Kane sees a cat!

 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. The 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. Other 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 resulted from 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 found in 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 breeds to 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 dogs known 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.


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