23 Aug Al Rivera set to become the new BBCR “American Bully Breed Director”
We are excited to announce that Al Rivera, who was one of the judges at our 2017 BBCR Nationals event, has been selected as the new BBCR American Bully Breed Director.
“I’d like to thank everyone at the BBCR for entrusting me with this position,” Al says. “I am very grateful, and hope to further educate our community on the breed and bring more clarity on what ‘true type’ is in the American Bully.”
Al has been involved with dogs for many years. He started with ADBA (American Dog Breeders Association) Pit Bulls and later moved on to Bulldogs with the AKC (American Kennel Club). His first produced champion, “Romeo,” went on to become a Multi Best in Show winner in South America.
After losing Romeo’s mother, Al moved away from dogs, only to begin showing American Bullies again around New York. As the American Bully scene grew, so did Al’s handling, and victories with known names such as CH.Bullmaster, CH.Wolverine, GR.CH.Hawk, CH.Sideshow, GR.CH.German Ruger and CH.Spaniard.
As American Bully Breed Director, Al wants to tighten up the current standard and make changes where necessary. “I’d love to see a more consistent-looking American Bully in the future,” he says. “I think different styles, not different types, are what make our breed unique.
“I would never want to see the American Bully be as consistent and uniform as the Doberman Pinscher, but I believe it’s what we have to strive for until we see more consistency overall. It’s not going to happen overnight, but I believe we can find common ground and work together as a community to one day achieve this goal.”
He considers his involvement with the American Bully “a great privilege. I love everything about them – the good, the bad, and the ugly. Sure, you could always move to a more established breed, but where’s the fun in that? I prefer a challenge. Challenges are opportunities for change.”
Al became a judge with the ABKC (American Bully Kennel Club) in 2012 and went on to judged hundreds of dogs throughout the US. He also judged the first Euro nationals in Spain and internationally in Argentina.
In 2016, Al was welcomed to both the BBCR & EBKC (European Bully Kennel Club). Since then, he has judged the Euro Championship in Italy for EBKC, and in Peru and United States for the BBCR.
Al hopes that with his experiences nationally and internationally, he will continue to influence the Bully community and mentor them in the right direction. We at the BBCR are excited to see what the future holds for the American Bully breed, especially now with Al as Breed Director.
“Every established breed has gone through the same ups and downs as us to get to the point where they are today,” he reflects. “It took a lifetime, but nothing worth having comes easy. To me, there’s no greater accomplishment than the creation of a breed – especially one as great as the American Bully.”