ABKC: The American Bully Pit bull enthusiast community
If you have been a pit bull owner for very long, you probably know that there is a dedicated community of pit bull owners known as the ABKC. Online forums, chat groups, local meeting and dog socialization groups, and more resources exist for everyone from breeders to those adopting their first pit bull. With the wealth of information available online, why are these organizations still so common?
There are plenty of reasons why organizations like the ABKC are important and will stay relevant as the breed develops a better reputation and new breeders switch to other breeds. American Bullies might be a trend, but some people are lifelong breed fans. Here are some reasons why we need the American Bully Kennel Club and like groups.
Helps people meet other breed fans.
While everyone can agree that a poodle is cute, many people are still biased against pit bulls. If you have ever found yourself arguing with someone and telling them that your dog is friendly despite its breed reputation, you know why it is important to have people who understand the frustration of owning a breed with this reputation around you! You can swap stories, share techniques, and truly appreciate each other’s dogs in ways that friends and family might not.
Helps raise awareness of friendly American Bullies.
Every maligned breed tends to attract clubs that raise awareness of great breed ambassadors, because these dogs are often misunderstood. Clubs can help people understand the great aspects of these dogs and realize just how infrequent outbursts of violence are. They can dispel myths around American Bullies and inform people more reliably than overblown media statistics. They make the difference between game dogs – bred for fighting and aggression – and other dogs clear, and inform the public that American Bullies have been carefully bred so that aggression is not shown anymore.
Sets breed standards and holds people to them.
If you’re not sure whether a breeder is legitimate, you can ask them about their relationship with the club and whether they have shown dogs in these events. They have a registry that can tell you a lot about a dog and the breeder selling it, and they help people understand what is required for a dog to be classified as an American Bully. Whether you’re wondering if your dog counts as a pocket dog or a standard, their breed standards are freely available online.
Their Code of Ethics is integral.
The breed community is held to the Code of Ethics of the Kennel Club, because it is comprehensive and covers some critical points. For example, the Code of Ethics (which is freely available on their website) states that the breed is more important than financial interest, that members will try to educate wherever possible, and that members will provide adequate veterinary care.
More than just exhibitions.
While exhibitions and shows are important so that people can see the developments in the breed, meet dogs that could potentially be studs later on, and socialize, the American Bully Kennel Club provides more important functions. They help ensure that people don’t sell bully puppies to disreputable breeders or puppy mills, don’t falsify pedigrees, and don’t resell dogs. This helps keep new owners from buying dogs from people whose only interest is resale for a profit. When you deal directly with the breeder, you can find out everything you need to know about a dog.
Though it might seem like the wealth of information available on any particular breed makes organizations like the ABKC irrelevant, the opposite is true. In a time when people are becoming uncertain about what American Bullies are, whether they are pit bulls, how to find reputable breeders, or what the breed standards are, these organizations can help educate and inform people. It unites breed owners and gathers expertise so that more accurate and reliable information can be given at any opportunity to the public, new owners, and would-be breeders.
If you are a new owner, it might seem overwhelming to get involved with these organizations right off the bat. It’s a great decision to join the club, however. You will be able to interact with people in your own area or internationally who care about the breed, want to help you, and are willing to provide a wealth of information and advice. You can learn far more about the dog you just bought or adopted and how to best take care of them. Bully owners are, as a whole, very supportive and welcoming, and will be able to help you learn the ropes so you can take the best care of your dog possible.
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