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Southwest BulldogsSouthwest Bulldogs, GBBA is a fraud!

Rick Johnston of South West Bulldogs, Hollywood Bulldogs and The Genetic Bulldog Breeders Association is a liar, a crock and a fraud. My husband and I signed up with Rick to be part of his Genetic Bulldog Breeders Association. For that privilege Rick would charge us $25,000.00 for three females and training on breeding (which included videos made by him). Another $25,000.00 was due from the first litters born by the females. The females were to be held in co-ownership unit Rick received the full $50,000.00. After which the females ownership would be transferred to us. I had asked Rick on a number of occasions for photos and pedigrees of the girls that he was sending but Rick never seemed to have the time and assured me that we would love the girls that we were getting. We asked that only two be delivered at first and the third in a few months. When the dogs arrived we were really concerned because one had a cherry eye, one had mange and both were a horrible depictions of the breed. They also arrived with no pedigrees or paperwork. I contacted Rick and said I was concerned about how these girls looked as well as potential health issues. Remember Rick claims to only breed healthy top quality dogs. He assured me that the dogs were “A+ in standard” and that they were great breeding females. My husband and I took the females to our local vet who is very well versed in Bulldog conformation. Our vet said “I’d be embarrassed to sell these dogs for $100.00 each, they should NEVER be bred because of health concerns and conformation issues”. My husband then contacted Rick and asked him to take back the dogs. Our contract states that if we decide not to move forward for any reason we need to return the dogs to Rick immediately. Rick refused to take the dogs back. Even when we told him that we would be giving the dogs up for adoption at our local pound he still refused. You can’t tell me he thinks these dogs are worth anything if he refused to take them back. I then decided to do a little research on Rick and found the following. He does not have any of his dogs licensed in Arizona as of 5/2/07. I could not find proof that he holds a kennel license. He has pictures of impressive bulldogs on his website but he did not breed ANY of the champions. Limited Edition was bred and shown by Bomberland Bulldogs in Hungry. I spoke to the owner and he said that Limited Edition was sold to Rick in late 2005 or early 2006. The link to verify this is click on males and then Fred and you’ll see him. Funny that Limited Edition’s pedigree is not posted on Rick’s website. I think he does not show it because the breeders name is on it. Rick also claims that he owns a kennel in Hungry. I’ve found no proof of this. I also looked up one of Ricks females and found that she was bred by a kennel in the Netherlands her name is Sweet Pea (her sister is Sodona) and the kennel link is . I also found NO proof that Rick has been breeding bulldogs for over 20 years as he claims. Type in the words Rick Johnston and bulldogs and you’ll find his website and consumer complaints nothing more. I spoke to three different breeders in the USA and none of them knew who Rick Johnston was. As far as Rick’s connection with celebrities, he gives the dogs to them for free. He told me this himself. It’s sad to say but Rick Johnston are nothing more than a fraud and a puppy mill. If you are considering buying from them please do the research first. This guy is out to make a quick buck and does not care who he steps on.


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    Karyn Tatham Mar 04, 2008
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    I was placed on a list to get a puppy last year. After promptly sending my deposit in, I waited and waited and waited. After several months and some researching on my own, I decided I wanted my deposit back. Relatively simple request, one would think. Matt and I communicated frequently and he assured me via email that the "check is in the mail" and that he sent it out that very day. That was quite a few months ago. I now have a long email trail and numerous unanswered emails. I have wasted time and effort and now need to contact my attorney. I can't believe this idiot.

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    Anna and George Fanta Jan 15, 2008
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    We would like to say to everyone who is thinking about getting a Bulldog from Southwestbulldogs or Californiacoastbulldogs or Route66Bulldogs or simply from Rick or Matt Johnston from Flagstaff, Arizona, STAY AWAY!!!

    They use on the websites they run photos of Bulldogs bred by us, without having our permission or owning the dogs or puppies.
    The dogs they call Top Gun, Mr.Twister, Sunny and many photos of puppies were made by us and DO NOT belong to these people.
    We can prove it by showing originals of the photos and many more photos of these dogs , not only one as they have uploaded.

    They also financially scamed us taking three Bulldog males and did NOT pay for them. We allready contacted our Kennel Club in Hungary and cancelled the pedigrees of those dogs. They also didnot cleared their payment for INT.Champion Bomberland Edition Limited (Fred).

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    Jennifer May 15, 2007
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    Write a complaint to [email protected] and after hearing from several people, they will remove his adds so he can't continue to scam others as he has done to us. This guy is a joke! He' s nothing but a high end puppy mill / con artist.


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