Bullet lists and styles

I have created a style from a bullet list that I customized. It includes the bullet, indents, paragraph attributes, font, etc. However, when I choose the style from my style list, it doesn’t retain the bullet. So I have to start from scratch each time. The only workaround I’ve found is to create a list item the way I like and use copy/paste format tool for other paragraphs.

Is there something I’m missing?

And related – I’m assuming that the styles in the bullet list drop down menu are fixed. Am I also assuming correctly that they only change the actual bullet character and not the indent and so forth?