Welcome to True North, home of the first Leavitt Bulldogs in Minnesota.
I , like so many others, am in love with the bully breeds and had always dreamt of having an English bulldog of my own. As I got more serious about making that dream a reality, I started to do a lot of research. Out of all of the various types of bulldogs that I came across, the Leavitt breed satisfied everything that I was looking for: a beautiful dog with a sound skeletal structure, no respiratory concerns, longer lifespan, willing and able to do whatever you ask of them, and an excellent family companion.
David Leavitt has produced the Leavitt Bulldog (formerly known as the Olde English Bulldogge). They are stunning and well proportioned with great athleticism. They are eager to please and have a fantastic temperament which makes this breed a wonderful addition to any family. They are gentle and tolerant of children of all ages. The Leavitt Bulldog is extremely intelligent, quick to learn and very alert.
As I began on my journey with Leavitt’s, Nicole, a close friend of mine, started to become intrigued with the breed as well. She followed me as I developed our methods and breeding program and was so excited for all of what she was seeing me do. Once I produced our first litter she came over with her daughter to socialize our puppies and fell in love! Her family ended up bringing home their first girl, Daisy, and since then has decided to partner with me in producing these amazing bulldogs. Together our mission and goal is to put out vitally healthy and well rounded bulldogs that stay in line with David Leavitt’s standards of health, structure, and temperament that he established so long ago.
Some words from Nicole:
“My mom kept a paper I wrote in second grade about what I wanted to do when I grew up. I wrote about working with dogs and horses. Although I became a hairstylist and salon owner for over 20 years (which is where I met Melissa. Who knew all of these years later our paths would cross again in this manner?!) I knew my passion was still with animals. When the opportunity presented itself, I got out of hair and into puppies!
My first dog as an adult was a boxer. She had horrible allergies and other health problems. I tried everything to make her more comfortable, but nothing seemed to work. After she died, I was determined to figure out what to do with my next dog in order to help her live a longer and healthier life. That’s when I discovered raw feeding. Nobody I knew was feeding in this way, but something about it seemed right so I went for it and experienced success. From there, I started learning about holistic health care and all of the things I wish I could have done for my first dog. Now I’m passionate to try and help other people learn about these things in order to help their dogs live longer and healthier lives.
Melissa has been amazing in teaching me how to breed in this way as well. She has created an amazing program with a circle of like-minded people who are constantly fine tuning our efforts.
I truly LOVE these puppies and think of them all as my own. I’m passionate about what we are doing and feel blessed to be part of this!”
We believe the foundation of a good breeding program is exceptionally healthy breeding stock. All of our dogs are raised on a balanced raw diet and are given only the best in holistic health care. They are members of our family and always in our home with us. The dogs in our breeding program are all registered with the LBA. We breed only Old English Bulldogs from the Leavitt bloodlines and they are bred for good health and a sound temperament. They must be health screened with genetic testing and hip and elbow x-rayed before being approved for breeding.
We also firmly believe that the first 12 weeks of a puppies life are the most crucial in setting in place a firm foundation from which they can grow to their full potential. Because of this, we implement the Puppy Culture program with each and every one of our litters. For a more in depth look into this program and methods that we use to raise our beloved dogs and their pups, please refer to our “Training Tools” page.
We at True North are so passionate about this breed and it is an honor be part of growing and bettering Leavitts so that more and more people can experience what it’s like to have such an amazing companion.
If you have any questions or would like to get more information, please fill out the form on our contact page.
Melissa & Nicole
Thank you so much for visiting us here at True North!