Ahh, the public. How many times have we all walked our beautiful dogs down the street or in the park, only to be approached with one of a myriad of well intentioned but ignorant queries into the lineage of the dogs at the end of your leash? "That's a pitbull and what?", "Why didn't you do the ears and tail on your boxer?", and my personal favourite; " I used to have a Turner and Hooch dog like that." Sometimes its too much to bear, but lately, I have newfound patience for these bulldog virgins.
You see, unless you are really "into dogs", you are only going to run into and be familiar with, dogs you see every day at the pet store, on tv and in the neighborhood park. Specifically, every kind of retriever, rottie, pitbull, shepherd mix, and my favorite of all, the POO-breeds. So, instead of frustration, these questions and incorrect guesses have become a source of pride! You see, everyone knows what a Timex, Buick and Poodle looks like, but how many can identify a Patek, a Bugatti or a Leavitt on the fly?
This is a rare breed my friends, and with this rarity comes the prestige and pride of being in a small, exclusive club of bulldog afficionados, who took the time to seek out a superior bulldog because they weren't going to settle for the caricature that passes for the bulldog amongst the masses. In return, we are rewarded with an intelligent, loyal, athletic, healthy and beautiful bulldog that makes us proud every time we look at him/her.
So the next time you are asked "what kind of dog is that?", proudly announce,
"Its a Leavitt Bulldog!"
"What a real bulldog once was and will always be!"