A Colored Bull Terrier named "Ch Rocky Top's Sundance Kid," a.k.a. "Rufus," took home the 2006 Best...
A Colored Bull Terrier named "Ch Rocky Top's Sundance Kid," a.k.a. "Rufus," took home the 2006 Best In Show trophy at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show held on Monday and Tuesday, February 13-14, 2006 at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
Five-year old Rufus is a seasoned show dog, having taken home many other top honors, including winning the Terrier group at the recent AKC/Eukanuba National Championship in Tampa, FL.
The Bull Terrier ranked 62nd on the AKC's list of America's most popular dogs in 2005. The AKC registers 153 different breeds and reports these registration statistics annually.
Bull Terriers are described in their breed standard as being "active, with a keen determined and intelligent expression, full of fire but of sweet disposition and amenable to discipline." Unfortunately, the breed is also one that is often mistakenly characterized as a "pit bull," making it a target of breed-specific legislation. Cities with these types of laws in place may restrict or completely ban a dog like Rufus based on breed alone, regardless of whether the dog is a well-mannered canine.
The American Kennel Club firmly believes that a dog should be judged on its deed, not its breed. We further support 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. Rufus is a perfect example of why breed-stereotyping is ineffective-this perfectly behaved pooch would not be welcome in many communities in the US! AKC is dedicated to fighting laws that unfairly punish dogs like Rufus and instead works for passage of reasonable canine legislation. To find out more about how you can help, please contact the AKC's Canine Legislation department (firstname.lastname@example.org)