By Rafaela Kuznec @RafaelaKuznec
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Videographer / director: Rodrigo Gomez
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Venom has is one of the most sought after studs in the world, with Matt having to limit the number of customers to three per week, and each puppy is sold for around $8000.
In a single year, Venom’s puppies can generate sales of over a million dollars, with Matt struggling to keep up with demand.
Venom has gained fame worldwide for his unmistakeable bodybuilder physique, with his muscular build allied to his short frame and big, warm smile.
Venom (call name ‘Chunk’) lives with his owner Matt Siebenthal, Matt’s wife Deanne and their son Christian in Lake Worth, Florida, along with his fellow dogs Ch Lucky Lucianna, King Tyson and Lil Ting.
Venom now has offspring in 12 countries and has become one of the world’s most sought after stud dogs.
Matt told Barcroft TV: “Venom has become a bit of a legend in the bully world for his ability to reproduce himself.
“He’s so consistent, that several of his puppies look exactly like him! So much so, they have become known as “Clones” or “mini Chunks” and "Chunklets." He has over 250 Offspring.”
Venom’s fame has helped the American Bully became one of the world’s fastest growing breeds in 2018.
But Matt says that despite their muscular build and "tough" appearance, they are known for being extremely gentle and make great companions.
He told Barcroft TV: “One of the things that everyone who meets Venom loves is his goofy personality. He’s a very happy dog.
“He loves everyone he meets and all other breeds and types of dogs. He’s always happy and smiling.
“It gets a little ridiculous, you can’t help but laugh at him when he’s sitting there smiling at you and trotting around the house with his tennis ball.”
Venom loves being in front of the camera and around people, especially kids. And Matt is quick to defend the breed against accusations that they might be too aggressive around children.
Matt said: “American bullies have an incredible ability to absorb negative emotions.
“I think that this breed has an untapped ability to be phenomenal therapy dogs.
“They are really gentle, especially with children.
“I feel extremely confident with Christian around these dogs, it is one of the reasons why we own this breed.”
Venom’s ability to produce puppies who look exactly like him, has led Matt and Deanne to launch Venom’s own breeding line, called Venomline.
And Venom’s offspring have proved in such demand that Venomline has recently expanded with a second location - Venomline South located in Sparta, North Carolina.
Originally from Houston, Texas, Venomline (Formerly Texas Size Bullies) is recognised as one of the top American Bully bloodlines.
Matt said: “Venomline is known for producing some of the thickest dogs in the world, without sacrificing conformation or health.
“Our dogs are known for having massive heads, dense bone, broad chests, wide shoulders, short muzzles, and being packed rock solid with muscle on short & compact frames.
“We are proud to have produced multiple ABKC Pocket Champions.”
In addition, Venomline has added another potential micro bully star to their roster: 2017 Bully King Magazine mascot, Venom’s half brother, Omega.
Matt said: “We are extremely excited about the addition of Omega, and also the opening of our second location, Venomline South, our first branch outside of Venomline.”
Matt considers his dogs as a part of his family and said: “When people take one of our dogs into their home, they become family.
“Our dogs sleep in beds and are a part of our family, not kept locked up in kennels all day.
“We pride ourselves in producing dogs that have a “wow” factor, along with great temperament and athleticism despite the heavy muscle/bone they carry.”
“We always make sure that our dogs are taken care of and if someone can’t care for one of our dogs, it is not going to a shelter, I will come and reclaim that dog because they are that important to us.”
On average Venom’s puppies sell for about eight thousand dollars. However, the owner said that unlike many breeders, they do not depend on their dogs to make a living, this is more a passion of theirs.
Matt has been involved with the breed for close to a decade and started a magazine dedicated to the breed – Bully King Magazine around three years ago to share his love and passion for the bully breeds with others.
Jackie Amendola, who owns one of Venom’s daughters - ABKC Champion, Fury told Barcroft TV: “American Bullies are amazing dogs, even pictures don’t justify how awesome these dogs are, there is so much personality, love, and athleticism, and just the colours and the demeanour are amazing. I just love it.”
Venom is in such demand that there were rumours that he’s been valued at $2million, a suggestion that Matt played down.
He said: “There’s been a rumour that I’ve been offered $2million for Venom.
“I’ve never been offered $2million, but if I was offered $2million, that’s life changing money, but I still wouldn’t sell him.
“He’s a family member, and were proud of what he’s creating with his own line, and the joy that he brings our family, you can’t put a price tag on that.”