WOODSTOCK BULLY SA
WoodStock Bullies is owned by father and son, André – and Justin Steenkamp. André, not really being a serious dog lover, never had the desire to own a dog, until one day a work colleague showed him a picture of the American Bully CashPot. He could not take his mind off owning an American Bully, but it was a lot of money to spend on someone who was not a devoted dog lover. In short André never expressed the desire to own a dog, until he was introduced to the American Bully.
After various break-ins at their Ramsgate Holiday home, he decided it was time to get a dog. He immediately started looking for a puppy online. After spending a few days looking for a puppy, he finally found just what he was looking for. André decided to involve his son Justin with the purchase of the puppy, considering Justin’s love for dogs and his knowledge of a similar breed “American Pitbull”. Justin, unaware of the American Bully Breed, tried to convince his father to rather get a Pitbull, but shortly after seeing the American Bully Breed, Justin agreed to getting an American Bully Puppy. Within day’s father and son purchased a male American Bully puppy which they named Dozer.
After they got puppy Dozer, André told his son that they should consider breeding with Dozer and Justin agreed. They expressed their desire to join a recognised kennel club and become breeders. There was no stopping the father and son team and within a week, they were the owners of three American Bully pups. Within days of buying the pups, André found out that joining the kennel club was only a matter of completing paperwork. But registering as a breeder, was almost impossible. He felt that the kennel club, he was intending to join, was not eager to welcome him as a breeder.
André is of the opinion that the initial willingness to welcome him as a potential breeder was now a thing of the past and he felt like the kennel club wanted to protect the elite few, who were already breeders. The work colleague, who initially showed him the picture of CashPot, put them in touch with other breeders of American Bullies. Looking for more dogs to purchase, André and Justin visited various breeders. André expressed his frustration in the lack of assistance and willingness to get him registered as a breeder with the kennel club he initially intended to join. It wasn’t long before they were welcomed at the ABFSA and registered WoodStock Bullies.
With the new contacts in the Bully world, André was soon introduced to international breeders in Germany, Belgium and the USA. Within a matter of a month they imported Bullies from Germany, Belgium and the USA. They intend to bring the best American Bully bloodlines to South Africa and working closely with other registries. There was no stopping Woodstock Bullies.
In 2016 André teamed up with Chefs On Marine business partner Jacques Naudé Kunz. The French Bulldogs (Frenchies) were added to Woodstock and soon André and Jacques were supplying top international Frenchie bloodlines to kennels and private owners all over South Africa.