As most dog fanciers are aware, a Colored Bull Terrier named
"Ch Rocky Top's Sundance Kid," a.k.a. "Rufus,"
took home the Best In Show trophy at the Westminster Kennel
Club Dog Show this year. Rufus is a seasoned show dog, having
won several other top honors, including taking the Terrier group
at the recent AKC/Eukanuba National Championship. The morning
after his win, invitations were already pouring in for Rufus
to appear on a host of tv shows and at various events. Ironically,
however, Rufus is not welcome in many communities due to the
fact that he is a Bull Terrier—a breed that is often mistakenly
characterized as a “pit bull” and thus the target
of breed-specific legislation.
Rufus is perfect example of why breed-stereotyping is an ineffective
way to which dogs pose a danger to communities. This well-mannered
canine would be prohibited or restricted in various cities,
regardless of his good behavior. He is judged by his breed,
rather than his deed. AKC is dedicated to fighting laws that
unfairly punish dogs like Rufus and instead works for passage
of well-enforced animal care and control laws that put responsibility
for a dog’s behavior at the right end of the leash—with
the owner. Please join us in our on-going efforts to educate
elected officials and the general public about the inherent
failures of breed-specific legislation.