MEET the world’s most famous micro bully - Venom - who is valued at over $500,000
Thanks to his unmistakeable bodybuilder physique, the micro bully has collected fans from across the globe - including a dedicated fanbase in Australia & Brazil among several other countries - but, first and foremost, he is a beloved family pet.
Venom lives with Matt Siebenthal, his fiancé Deanne and son Christian in Lake Worth, Florida, along with his fellow dogs King Tyson and Ch. Lucky Lucianna. At two-years-old the dog has become a fixture on the bully scene and has attracted some sky-high offers from his eager fans.
Matt said: “The most were offered $150,000 for Venom and that was before he was a year old and I thought it was pretty crazy, and would definitely change our lives.. but he is a family member.
“How do you explain it to a seven-year-old boy? They don’t understand the concept of $150,000. He is thinking, ‘Why would you sell my best friend?!’
Despite this micro bully’s gentle personality, the breed, along with pit bulls, has often been labelled as aggressive by the mainstream media, but this family have always believed in the loving nature of their dogs.
Deanne Lane said: “I think the biggest misconception about American bullies is that they look aggressive because of the muscle mass or the size, but they are just gentle giants.”
Seven-year-old Christian - who counts the three dogs amongst his best friends - could not agree more. He said: “People should know that American bullies are only mean to bad people and not good people like in our family.”
When first confronted with the sheer mass of one of the earlier bullies back in 2002, before the American Bully breed was established and most thought these dogs were just really big pit bulls, even Matt had fleeting doubts about the breed. That was until it showed him its softer side.
He said: “The first time I saw an American Bully was in college at Texas Tech (a Notorious Juan Gotty daughter) This was long before Samurai Paco hit the scene and Pocket Bullies were even a thing.. Hell, the American Bully was not even an established breed yet, or even a term that was thrown around."
"But looking back, you realize that these were some of the 1st generation of the American Bully breed, they just not been set apart as a distinct breed, separate from from the American Pit Bull Terrier. These were bigger dogs. I was blown away by the size of the head and the build."
"I just assumed it was a some sort of pit bull. I was at a friend’s house and we were hanging out, doing what college kids do, and my buddy goes to get ready and leaves his dog out in the living room with me. It was kind of staring at me and moved about two inches away from my face. I was a little worried at first, then it licked me across the cheek and I realized their true nature. It was a wrap. I knew I had to get one."
“Don’t judge a book by its cover and don’t believe everything the media puts out. I have had pit bulls, I have had American bullies and I have never had an aggressive dog. “I think if you take the time to socialise them young, around people and other dogs, it’s not in them to be mean, that’s a learned behavior.
"Any dog breed will be mean and aggressive if they are kept locked up 23 hours a day.” As the family have the perfect example of prime micro bully breeding, they are passing on Venom’s priceless genes onto healthy pups, who sell out months in advance for an average of $6000-$8000.
“His productions have been unbelievable. He’s got over 40 productions (at time of writing) over 200 currently. They are living happy lives in forever homes with their new families. He's producing little monsters. We have had three vets, that’ve done C-sections and told us they have never seen anything like it.
"They’re coming out looking like him, they look like little bulls." More importantly, despite his extreme build and traits they have all been healthy. Many are excelling in the Show Ring as well, with Venom having produced 5 ABKC Champions with several more offspring pointed towards their Champion Titles.
"He has produced some of the shortest & thickest bullies we've ever seen." Add on to that the fact he's producing champagne, lilac, blue and chocolate tri colored pups and it's easy to see why he's one of the most sought after Studs in the world.
“What makes him so special is his build. He is extremely short and it is really difficult to get this type of muscle mass on a dog this height with the head structure and the extremely short back.”
To keep the chunky (Chunk is his call name) dog’s heritage strong and stable, Texas Size Bullies only breeds a few times a year to ensure that they produce only the highest quality puppies.
Even though Siebenthal could command huge pay cheques for his three dogs, he has no intention of selling the precious pups. He said: “How much would I say all three dogs are worth? Priceless. They are part of the family. How do you put a value on that? They have changed my life.”
After years of being one of the breed’s biggest champions, Matt decided to listen to his fiancé and start writing about the striking breed in his own magazine - Bully King Magazine
The magazine comes in both a printed version shipped Worldwide and also a digital version for issues on your phone or tablet.