PITBULLS OR AMERICAN BULLIES?

AMERICAN BULLY PITBULLS

We examine the controversy that surrounds the American Bully Pitbull and it's cousin the American Pit Bull Terrier. This is page 3 in a series of articles that examines the creation of American Bully Pitbulls.


THE AMERICAN BULLY BATTLE BEGINS

Sadly, today, the Pit Bull breed is under attack in the media and in the courtroom. Cities, Counties, and even Countries have imposed bans on the breed. But even sadder, is the damage that is being caused by the bitter infighting over the conception of the American Bully Pitbull, by many who claim to love the Pit Bull breed.

For more than decade this new American Bully Pitbull has been taking the industry by storm. In a short period of time, these new American Bullies, as they have begun to be called, are now the number one dog of choice in many areas of the United States and even overseas. It is not uncommon for the best bred American Bullies to garner prices of $5,000 with the average prices for AMERICAN PITBULL PUPPIES of this variety commanding prices double, triple and more, over the traditional style Pit Bulls. Of course with such success comes opponents, who instead of offering congratulations to those with foresight and savvy who breed the American Bully, choose to combat, condemn and attack. Sadly, such ones employ the same characteristics of uneducated hate groups, who deride because someone does not meet their standard or their definition of the Pitbull breed.

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AMERICAN BULLY BREEDERS RESPECT THE HISTORY OF THE BREED

I have noted that some breeds of dogs are almost cat like in their lack of interest to their owners (no offense to cats), almost as if they take things for granted. Yet this is not the case with American Bully Puppies, who vie for just a moment of your time and your affection.

Let's examine their argument for a moment. First they say, there is a breed standard for the Pit Bull published by the UKC and theAmerican Bully does not comply; very true. Of interest; truth be told, the American Bully bred Pit Bulls were winning nearly every show. Those who bred traditional American Pit Bull Terriers didn't have a chance against the wide chest, bigger headed American Bully Pit Bulls that were crowd and Judges Favorites. For that reason many UKC Pit Bull breeders started to buy American Bullies to breed to their Pit Bulls in order to add the size their Pit Bulls were lacking.

Kennels that had been breeding champion quality American Pitbulls for decades were now being beaten soundly by American Bully Pitbulls with, admittedly less than certain pedigree. These American Pit Bull breeders wanted to protect what they had been doing very successfully for years. They went to the UKC and demanded rule changes that would effectively rule out the American Bully Pitbulls from competing. The Pit Bull breed standard was then changed to deny the new American Bully Pitbull; AS WELL IT SHOULD HAVE BEEN. American Bully breeders applauded the UKC decision and do not have any desire to see the foundation of the new Pit Bull breed to be relegated to obscurity.



In a short period of time, these new American Bullies, as they have begun to be called, are now the number one dog of choice in many areas of the United States and even overseas.


AMERICAN BULLY BREEDERS RESPECT THE TRADITIONAL AMERICAN PITBULL

American Bully breeders love the traditional American Pit Bull and hope that the many responsible Pit Bull breeders and Pit Bull owners are able to continue their love affair with the breed as they have come to know it. The vast majority of such which channel the Pit Bull's "gameness" into worthwhile pursuits far removed from the Pit Bull fighting ring.



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Thank you Mr Pitbull for taking the time to answer my questions. Your information has been very helpful, as I care for my Pit Bull. It is obvious you care about your dogs.


PLENTY OF ROOM FOR BOTH "GAME DOGS" AND AMERICAN BULLY BRED PITBULLS

Many respected American Bully breeders realize is that; many people on the street that are buying Pit Bulls today, have no business owning a "game" Pit Bull. The American Bully breeder is thus performing a much needed service of providing a Pit Bull that has the appearance that the young male population desires, but in a caliber that he can handle.

One of the big complaints that traditionalist have with the American Bully bred Pit Bulls is; They Lack Gameness. They look at the American Bully and say: For what purpose was this Pit Bull bred?

Of course the American Bullies lack gameness! That is the predominant quality being bred by responsible American Bully breeders. The quality of gameness which is second only to the Pit Bulls quality of eagerness to please is desirable for responsible Pit Bull owners who enjoy presenting their dog with various challenges and watch with admiration as he works without stop to meet it; a fine quality without a doubt, yet not one that the average Pit Bull owner can appreciate or can control.

Sadly, no fault of the dog, that gameness is what turns a dog bite into a Pit Bull attack, when an unqualified owner takes charge. American Bully Breeders while acknowledging the responsible Pit Bull owner, realizes that many owners are better off with a Pit Bull that has been toned back; such as the American Bully. Now why traditionalist find fault with that, is something real Pit Bull lovers cannot agree on.




RESPONSIBLE PITBULL BREEDER

"For what purpose does a Pit Bull breeder breed American Bullies?" Well, he certainly wasn't bred for fighting. Now why the traditionalist, would make an argument out of that defies logic. The very essence of the fighting Pit Bull, it's "gameness" is what has the potential of destroying the Pit Bull breed, the traditionalist claims to love.


RESPONSIBLE PITBULL BREEDERS BREED OUT GAMENESS

Traditionalist are quick to blame a Dog attack on the owner, and it is true, the vast majority of Game bred Dogs will never attack anyone, yet Dog attacks continue to occur. Pit Bull breeders who are breeding away from gameness admit it is a trade off, one that the responsible Dog breeder does for the salvation of the Pit Bull breed.

And so what was he bred for? And so what do Pit Bull breeders breed for today? They breed dogs to be good Pets! Oh, you might say that your Saint Bernard will carry Brandy to you if you pass out in a snow drift, but the fact is, he is just a simple family pet, as are 99% of dogs. Many people find it odd, that traditional Pit Bull lovers would ask; what a dog is bred for?

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TAKING ISSUE OF BULLIES WITH BIG HEADS AND WIDE BODIES

Another area that the complainer finds fault with, lies in the American Bullies appearance. They are quick to make issue of the fact that Pit Bull breeders are breeding the American Bully to be bigger, thicker and wider. For them, every dog that wears the badge "Pit Bull" should have long thin legs and be slender. They stand in complete denial as to the real roots of the Pit Bull, when he was a bigger, thicker dog, before being bred for the Pit Bull fighting ring. Today's Dog breeders who are breeding American Bully style Pitbulls are actually breeding a dog that is much closer to the original Pit Bulls than today's "game bred" Pit Bulls.

The American Bully Pitbull Breeder champions the right of the game Dog breeder to persist and works tirelessly in support of. Really, there is no place for the one who would deny individuality, as if to say that all people should be of one color and a certain size. Or that only one type of music is acceptable.

Those who promote the thinking that their style of Pit Bull, is the best and everyone else's is unacceptable, are no different than those who foster hatred based on race or creed. Just as some may choose to own a Poodle or a Cocker Spaniel, they never the less respect the rights for someone to own and love a German Shepherd or a Great Dane. Likewise American Bully Pitbull breeders simply hope that those who are lovers of the traditional style Pit Bull, respects their rights, their freedom of choice as a Pit Bull breeder.

Really, there is no place for the one who would deny individuality, as if to say that all people should be of one color and a certain size. Or that only one type of music is acceptable.



BACKYARD PITBULL BREEDERS

Some try to rationalize their disdain for the American Bully by pointing to the backyard Dog breeders who are breeding Pit Bulls with severe flaws, and no regards to health. Such concern is in fact very much warranted. Yet to judge all Pit Bull breeders by the actions of a few, is no different than the media does to the "Pitbull". Working with Pit Bull breeders, not against, is the way to solve that problem, if in fact that is the real issue. If it is ones concern, the tone of correspondence with a Pit Bull breeder will demonstrate a tenor of helpfulness.

You would not find a true Pit Bull lover, making issue of head size or being slender or thick or having long legs or short. The true Pit Bull lover recognizes that these things have nothing to do with the quality of the dog and that real beauty lies "In the Eye of the beholder".

Yet to judge all Pit Bull breeders by the actions of a few, is no different than the media does to the "Pitbull".




AKC UKC ABKC ADBA PITBULL BREEDERS

What titles does he have? Many Dog breeders enjoy breeding Pit Bulls and competing for various titles. Doing so, contributes to improving the quality of the breed. American Bullies are probably the most heavily competed dog today. But yet the reality is this, really what is a title? If someone wants a title bad enough, they can obtain it with an average dog. If one enters their dog into enough shows, especially shows where their class has few dogs, they can easily title out a dog. You will note titled dogs all the time that are inferior to a dog that is someone beloved pet that has never been to a show.

Does the fact that someone has the time and or gets personal satisfaction from taking his or her dog to a show every weekend, make it a better dog or him or her a better Pit Bull breeder? Does the dog feel better about itself because of a blue ribbon around its neck or because of the trophy that sets on a shelf?

One thing for certain, no matter what kind of dog you have or how good of a dog it is, a Pit Bull breeder will have a lot tougher time titling it if he lives in South Dakota compared to a Dog breeder living in Southern California. The one requires the Pit Bull breeder to take expensive airline trips, while the other requires a drive in the car every weekend. Often times a title has nothing to do with the quality of the dog.

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PITBULL BREEDERS BANNING TOGETHER TO PROTECT PITBULLS FROM ATTACKS

In the end, much of the unabashed consternation of the Traditionalist toward bully style Pit Bull breeders lies in his simple misunderstanding of the word "Pitbull". For some reason, they believe the word Pitbull is the sole property of the "American Pit Bull Terrier". The fact is, the word Pitbull is a generic term used to describe a number of Bull bred dogs. For this reason, wherever there is a ban on "Pitbulls", whether it be from a municipality or at an airline counter; American Bullies, Staffordshire Terriers and any related dogs are included as being "Pitbulls".

Many American Bully Pitbull breeders, while not wishing anything bad on "game bred" Pit Bulls, would like nothing better than to have their breed recognized by the authorities as a separate breed. Until that time, not only do they share the same name, they all share in the same fate.

The fact is, the word Pitbull is a generic term used to describe a number of Bull bred dogs. For this reason, wherever there is a ban on "Pit Bulls", whether it be from a municipality or at an airline counter, American Bullies, Staffordshire Terriers and any related dogs are included as being "Pit Bulls".




PITBULLS & BULLIES SHARE THE SAME NAME AND FATE

Would it not be wise for the traditional Pit Bull lover to recognize the rights of bully Pit Bull breeders to love their dogs just as they wish to love their own? Yes, today, our beloved Pit Bull is under attack. Is the fight that we face not challenging enough? Pit Bull lovers do well to unite, for the good of the Pit Bull breed, while time still permits.

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