Ed Shepherd of Daxline Kennels & Gottyline

The history of Ed Shepherd & Daxline ( Formerly Gottyline Pits)

Ed with his foundation stud and Champion, 21 Blackjack

Ed (Pictured to the left with 21blackjack) is one of the original founders of the breed known as the American Bully. He started breeding these dogs at a time where American Pit Bulls for the most part, were tall, skinny, and followed the APBT breed standard. When Ed first started breeding, he did some research on the internet and purchased a couple of pit bulls. He soon realized that him and his kids loved the temperament of these dogs and it was the breed of their choice from that day forward.

The Purchase of 21 Blackjack

Things really started to take off after Ed purchased Blackjack from Cruz at Bow Wow Pits. He purchased Blackjack at the time when Cruz was first getting into the Razors Edge bloodline. At the time, Cruz wasn’t interested in Blackjack, because Blackjack wasn’t a Razors Edge dog. At the time, there was no gottyline.

Cruz was most well known for his stud dog Blow, who was a Monster G son. He went on to create his own clothing line based off of his stud Blow. The clothing line is simply known as Blow Genes.

Richard Barajas of Westside Kennels
Richard Barajas of Westside Kennels with Westside’s Boogie

How Gottyline Started

Richard Barajas from westside kennels was breeding Juan Gotty at the time. His kennel name was west side kennels. So Ed came up with the idea of creating the name Gottyline for his yard.

Richard was a friend of Eds and at the time, he didn’t really like the idea Ed using the name “Gottyline”. However, he didn’t make a big deal of it and began to use the name as well. Ed chose to spell gottyline as it reads on Juan Gotty’s papers with the letter “Y”. However, Richard started using the name with an “I” and spelling it Gottiline. This is the reason you will see this bloodline spelled both ways from time to time.

Tony Moore of Blue Star Kennels and the Greyline Bloodline.

Notorious juan gotty of West Side Kennels
Notorious juan gotty of West Side Kennels

Tony is a breeder of Greyline pitbulls and bred Juan Gotty. He sold gotty to Richard when gotty was just a puppy. He was a 100% greyline dog.

The dogs Tony breeds are all well driven and far from the American Bullies that you see today. Gary Moore of Blue Star Kennels refers to dogs without drive as “Kibble Munchers” and wants nothing to do with lazy dog without drive.

Gary’s ideal dog would be able to climb trees, take down criminals, and have and extremely high energy level. This is a temperament that Ed of Daxline is not interested in breeding. This extreme drive is not found in today’s American Bullies and is only find in 100% greyline dogs, also known as old school bloodlines.

Old school bloodlines as well as most 100% greyline dogs carry the original pitbull temperament and drive. New Troijan Kennels in Los Angeles for example have 100% greyline dogs. Their dogs for the most part have extremely high energy levels and are able to preform well in dog sports such as weight pulling, and protection training.

How Ed Shepherd Created Daxline

A daughter of Ed's now world famous stud Dax
A daughter of Ed’s now world famous stud Dax

Ed started to show 21 Blackjack and soon championed him out. From popularity of 21 Blackjack, he began to start to build his Kennel. After years of line breeding and inbreeding his dogs, he created a solid recognizable look, and had a yard full of amazing bullies.

Around 2008, Ed bred West Coast Gottyline’s Romeo to his female Barbee. This is how he produced his now world famous stud Gottyline’s Dax.

After Dax began to mature, Ed realized that he produced a truly awesome stud that was his best production to date. He then renamed his kennel and bloodline Daxline

Dax is considered an extreme Bully. He has a very easy going temperament and is completely non aggressive. Ed has no interest in breeding dogs with aggressive or high energy temperaments (Also known as the original Pit Bull Drive). Dax is an ABKC champion that stands 15 inches at the withers, weighs 75 pounds, and has a 24 inch head. He is Ed’s only house dog. Ed simply states that he is too valuable to leave outside.

Ed is an ABKC judge and continues to breed his line of dogs known as Daxline.

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