The bully world has changed significantly and although I understand change is good...... it can also be bad.
All bully breeds come from the bulldog strand which was a working strand, but yet, half of today's bully's cannot even breed on their own, much less work! Why is this? Where did we take a left turn? What happened?
I see dogs carrying CHAMPION titles that should have been fixed and not shown, I see dogs that win in shows that had issues breathing because the walk around the ring was too much. How did these dogs become the future for the breed it represents?
When I say bully breed, I include the American Bully, the Olde, the APBT, and anything that contains a bulldog (I won't even mention the English Bulldog because we know the issues those have).
I have always been into confirmation, but I also understand that politics can play a part in this. Now since we have working breeds, why is it that very little breeders get involved in weight pull or something of that nature?
Weight pull, schutzhund, and other activities show one major standard that all bully breeds should possess....... DRIVE! Some people say, "my dog can run and play all day long", is this drive?
Did people forget the term DRIVE? Did they forget SOUND TEMPERAMENT? Do they not look at activities like this because some of the dogs lack drive or they lack the confirmation to perform? Is it because politics cannot help the dog in this situation?
Due to the lack of correct confirmation I see daily, I am pretty sure, Drive does not even come up in some breeders programs.
Whatever the case may be, remember, drive is a big part of the type of breed we breed. Your dog should be willing to die for you, walk with you until you can't walk anymore (not the other way around), and be willing to go the end of the world and back!
Who has dogs that have DRIVE?