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The Gatts entered the world of private breeders in 2005 after years of owning rescue dogs. Bulldogs were Mr. Gatt’s idea, Ms. Gatt says. “They have so much personality and they just love everybody, typically,” Ms. Gatt says of the breed. “They really don’t want to do anything. It’s not like a lab where you have to find tons of balls to throw or go to a lake. Bulldogs are happy just sitting on the couch, watching TV. … That was a great fit for my husband.”
Taylor told The Canine Review that she places puppies with families, rather than allowing buyers to choose their puppies. She does this, she explained, to create better matches based on what owners intend to do with the dogs. The people who buy her dogs are predominately hunters. Hunters are more likely to meet Taylor’s high-level activity requirements for prospective owners.
“It is a lifestyle. You have to be ready to exercise the dog,” she said.
Apartment dwellers would need to work overtime to convince her to let them have a dog.
A promise to exercise the dog sufficiently is not Ms. Koutstaal’s only requirement. Ms. Koutstaal says she has rejected applicants who indicated a sole interest in her dogs for hunting, which, to her, suggested that the dogs would not live in homes with families, but, instead, in outdoor kennels, separated from household life.