They’re ugly and have a bad rep, but pure-bred American Bully dogs are beloved by many, including in Thailand where the best in breed was shown off at the Pattaya Bully Expo.
The Pattaya Business & Tourism Association and American Bully Register Association sponsored the Jan. 26 show at the Eastern National Indoor Sports Stadium.
Deputy Mayor Poramet Ngampichet and PBTA President Ekasit Ngampichet opened the show with American Bully Register representatives Thanakiat Noppaket and Peter Banuelos.
Organizers claimed the show was be the largest of its kind in Asia with pure-breeds from more than 20 countries competing for ribbons and trophies.
There also was a dog race, lectures by dog-breeding experts and the “Bling Bling” show that saw bulldogs dressed up in sunglasses, gold chains and fancy outfits, prompting many laughs and lots of photos.
The event also was a platform for government officials to advocate sterilization of street dogs and vaccinations for more ordinary breeds.
Bully owners and fans acknowledge that while the Bully’s lineage includes the aggressive, oft-maligned pit bull, Bullies are, in fact, a very docile, friendly breed.
The breed was created by American Kennel Club breeders to be the “ultimate family companion” and is known to be outgoing and eager to please. The Bully arose on the east and west coast of the U.S., but now can be found in Europe and Asia. (PCPR)