Kelley I'm with you. It was my understanding that the UKC had been quoted as saying they would "never" recognize the mixed up mess called "American Bully". Perhaps that was not true? I don't know. The UKC has ALWAYS been about the money - and nothing else. They are still the number one puppy mill supporting registry.
Are "American Bullies" here to stay? Hard to say. "Doberdanes" came and went. "Donavon Pinschers" have come and gone. Labradoodles are still a current fad, but I suspect in a few years they will be like the "cockapoo" which was developed in the 1970s and today is still JUST A MUTT.
I had Cassie at a repo vet this AM., the vet (who is awesome) was bemoaning the fact that she has one big blue mess of a dog come in at least three times a week to send out frozen semen. There is TONS of money in this breed, and since they are good for nothing else, when the market goes away, so will the "dedicated breeders". As long as the current generation is content with simply the "appearance" of a pit bull type - and shallow enough to not want ANYTHING else associated with the breed, then these ABs will fill their bill. A shell of a dog. Sadly, so sadly, linked by everyone with a breed they are not even recently really related too. These dogs are Am Staff, Show bulldog, frenchie, mastiffs - but no American pit bull in recent years.
For the UKC to say they are a "natural extension" of the APB really shows how far off center the UKC group are. As is their
UKC is unwilling to condone the validity of using exaggerated specimens of this breed in a breeding program and, to preserve its health and vibrancy, cautions judges about awarding wins to these representatives.
What is an "American Bully" but an EXAGGERATED SPECIMEN?????? They are an over "bullied" specimen of the athletic "bull and terrier". Nothing more. This is the most ridiculous sentence I have read in a long time!
I'm going to have to think long and hard about finishing up Cassie's UD with the UKC. I can honestly say I will be informing the UKC that due to this sell out move I will no longer register a dog with them nor compete at their venue. A shame, as it leaves the American pit bull with an obedience issue. Unless the WPBCA "gets with it" and sanctions AKC or UKC format obedience, all we have is the ASCA trials, and its a shame that the Aussie people can do so much better than we!
A sad day indeed. At a time when registries are (or should be) concentrating on producing healthier less exaggerated dogs - SHAME on the UKC!