CH Roper Phoebe of Gunslinger

UKC Champion, 12 Mile AD, UR01, CA, CGC

OFA Good Hips, elbows & cardiac normal, NCL Clear by parentage

Our little spitfire was produced by Gunslinger Kennels in Mt Ulla, North Carolina  and has recently retired coming up on 6 years of age.  We are very grateful for the support and guidance that Maggie Shook has provided us with this dog.  She is one high prey drive girl, who seems to be a natural when it comes to critter control at home and doing hog catchwork.  She requires a lot of exercise to keep her mind and body entertained, but she has a nice off switch to relax in the house.  Phoebe is a wiggly 'smiling' kind of bulldog, whom loves to please and the bond with our son is pretty incredible to see.  She caught her first coon at 8 months, slammed her first hog at 10 months and hasn't looked back.  Just shy of 3, she was involved in catching her first 162 lb boar in the woods with only the aid of one other catchdog.  

Everyone who meets Phoebe loves her outgoing happy personality, and we couldn't be prouder owners of such a naturally talented dog.  Phoebe has had her hips, elbows and cardiac tested, and is NCL clear by parentage.   She also earned her 12 mile AD with zero conditioning or training,  UKC Rally Obedience level 1 with minimal training (in fact she completed all her legs spread out between her litters with minimal handling), AKC Good Canine Citizen,  Lure Coursing Aptitude,  UKC Champion title, with some points and a few wins in both ABRA and NKC shows.

Her first litter have turned out absolutely amazing and are really starting to accomplish so many things including wild boar catchwork, conformation show titles, weightpull, agility  and some wonderfully balanced family guardians. She produced 2 other litters that are still young but showing excellent promise for conformation and protection work at a young age, including some amazing active family pets.  We really are sad to retire her, but she will get to do what she loves (hunting) as the opportunity allows. 

Lexus passed at 6 years old after a tragic hit and run incident.  We were and still are devastated by the loss of our big beautiful protector who was our first bulldog and the reason we continued to be involved in the breed.  She proved to us that an old dog can learn new tricks and she taught us the patience to learn and be a better handler.  She truly was Stephanie's heart dog and so very special to the family.  Her grandson will live on as our way of keeping a little of her with us.  

Roper Lexus of Cleland  RIP

09/10/2009 - 10/01/2015

Forever our protector

Photo by WilleeCole Photography

Retired with many memories

Peanut (Jack Russell)

Our 2003 model JRT is one happy, busy little girl.  You would never know her age and although she has slowed down, she still goes out daily on critter patrol.  At 14 years old, she is still fearless in taking down raccoon, and has the job of sniffing out mousenests in our quad and other 'machinery'.  She's had 3 litters that are all in super active family and working homes.  She's a one in a million little dog that just doesn't stop!

CH Roper Sophie

OFA Hips Fair, NCL Clear
Heart & Patella Normal

Sophie is 23" & 80 lbs. She is a very outgoing natured dog, with a tonne of confidence and plenty of drive.  She has this willingness to please and  to learn anything that we throw at her.  She's just a solid all around bulldog.  Sophie was produced here at our kennel. She has always been a very correct female with a solid temperament.   We chose to place her with a good friend closeby where she gets to live a family life, and still come back to us and visit regularly.  She has a tight bite with big teeth, strong topline, lots of overall size and correctness, and gorgeous pigment.  She is a UKC Conformation Champion, and has excelled upon introduction to lurecoursing, bitework training and a weightpull harness.    We would have loved to keep this female at our place, but too many females in one house isn't an optimum situation, and we are very grateful to her owner, Kristen.  She is now just an amazing family pet for Kristen and quite an active girl!  

Lexus was first and foremost the most stable and loving family dog, with a very serious side to her in a real and provoked situation.  She has taught us so many things about what a good bulldog should be.   At 5 years of age, we started learning protection work, and earned her Irondog GDT (Guard Dog Test).  She spent the days outdoors guarding the property and inside with the family at night.  Lexus loved running a lurecourse, doing protection work, catching hogs and her absolute best buddy was Peanut.  If I could change something about her, I would improve her tolerance to heat.  She is the dam to our big beautiful Sophie, and the grand dam to Skully.   We miss her dearly and have implemented a Dogwatch Hidden Fence system since her passing to keep the rest of our dogs safe from random road crossings.  


           2019 Show Results

  • Dio wins 4 Best in Breed and Group placing at UKC Show
  • Aurora new Junior CH & CH with 4/5 legs towards Grand
  • Blue now a Supreme Grand CH
  • Skully 1 more Grand CH win
  • Dio & Rain both new Jr CH