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.  And at almost 9, she was back out hunting again in some terrible conditions...she still has the heart for the job and the stamina to do so!

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.

She produced 3 litters for us and I can't say enough about how much she has added to the program.  Her progeny have gone on to be so many things including protection work, wild boar catchwork, conformation show titles, weightpull, agility and some wonderfully balanced family guardians. She now is a grandma and I'm happy with the next generation both in house, as well as in other programs across the world.  

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. She has always been a very correct female with a solid temperament.   I 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.    I would have loved to keep this female at our place, but too many females in one house isn't an optimum situation, and I'm very grateful to her owner, Kristen.  She is now just an amazing family pet for Kristen and quite an active girl!  

Roper Lexus of Cleland  RIP

09/10/2009 - 10/01/2015

Forever our protector

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 me 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.   I miss her dearly and have implemented a Dogwatch Hidden Fence system since her passing to keep the rest of the dogs safe from random road crossings.  

Retired with many memories

‚ÄčLexus passed at 6 years old after a tragic hit and run incident.  She was was my first bulldog and the reason I continued to be involved in the breed.  She proved to me that an old dog can learn new tricks and she taught me the patience to learn and be a better handler.  Her grandson Skully has taken over guard dog duties and she lives on in the bloodlines of our program.  

Photo by WilleeCole Photography

Peanut (Jack Russell)  RIP

At 16 years old, I put miss Peanut to rest beside Lexus.  She could've kept going physically, but she wasn't the same anymore.  She gave me many years of happiness, and was always the greatest little critter ridder and so tolerant to the bulldog nonsense.  She was  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 16 years old, she was still fearless in taking down raccoons, and has the job of sniffing out mousenests in our equipment  She had 3 litters that are all in super active family and working homes.  I'm not sure I can have another terrier again....not sure how one will ever compare to her!  Her spirit lives on in the bulldogs!