By Rafaela Kuznec @RafaelaKuznec
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Dios’s owner Aaron Oliver was one of the first breeders of American Bullies in the UK, he started breeding them six years ago.
Today he keeps Dios and two of his pups at his home in Halifax – Dios’s son Flocki, who is 18 months old and his two-year-old daughter, Lou.
Dios is known as the first Lilac Bully to come to England six years ago and is highly valued for his ability to produce lookalike pups.
Aaron told Barcroft TV: “We got Dios in 2014 from Spain from Vipeon Bullys.
“His temperament for me is the best temperament you could have in a dog: friendly just wants to be loved all the time, licks you.
“He is a babe really, he is priceless. He’s a big part of the family”
He continued: “Dios was the first Lilac Bully to come to England in 2014.
“And yeah, basically he is a bit of a legend really, but most of all he is my best friend.”
Thanks to Dios’s incredible physique, the puppies who look exactly the same as him sell for thousands.
According to Aaron, the average price for an American Bully is around $3,500: “He is very resembling producing dogs that are like himself.
“We have people waiting for pups out of selected breedings.
“We're very careful on who we sell the dogs to, we do family checks because we want them to go to homes for life, we don’t want to just get them passed around.
“We take pride in what we breed.
“Producing wise, Dios is probably one of the best in England for producing dogs that look to his appearance.”
Speaking of the regimes that go towards producing this incredible lineage of dogs, Aaron said that thanks to their genetics, American Bullies do not require any special training and added: “We only exercise him like 10 minutes a day, all of it is just out of genetics.
“No matter what you do with him he will still look like a fitness freak.
“All my dogs eat what a human would eat - if I won't eat it, my dogs won’t eat it.”
Aaron’s nephew, Kobi James Collins, who occasionally helps his uncle to look after the dogs, said: “Dios is my favourite dog.
“It's just… it's how big he is.
“When I first saw Dios I was surprised how big he was.
“I'm a huge fan of American Bullies because of their size.”
Describing his dogs’ personalities, the owner said: “Dios’s is laid back, he’s more of a lazy American Bully, he likes to just chill out, go for a little walk, sit in front of the fire.
“Flocki and his sister want to be running around 24/7, walk, jump, run, have five minutes rest and then they’re back up again.”
Aaron considers his dogs as part of his family and said: “We did receive a six-digit offer for Dios and we just said no.
“I wouldn’t be where I am today, if it wasn’t for Dios.
“He is priceless.”
Aaron says that even though they may look intimidating with a muscular build, American Bullies are known for being extremely gentle and make great companions.
He said: “100% the American bully is the ultimate companion breed from any other dog that I've ever owned.
“The American bully for me is the best one out there for a family and probably there’s no other breed than the American bully.”