Originally written on Larry Brown Sports  |  Last updated 11/20/14

If you feel like your dog is jacked out of its mind and its talent is going to waste, there is now a competition designed specifically for you. The Canine Bodybuilding Association — yes, that is a real organization — recently announced that the first ever canine bodybuilding show will take place on June 2 in Indiana. What exactly is canine bodybuilding? Exactly what it sounds like.

Unlike traditional dog shows where judges give dogs scores based on behavior and agility, the idea of canine bodybuilding is to showcase your dogs muscle and strength. According to Reverend Scott Amos Sr., the founder of the Canine Bodybuilding Association, dog bodybuilding is a safe, healthy and legal alternative to dogfighting.

“People are going to have the bully, mastiff, and terrier-type dogs, and they don’t have an outlet, and now, they’ll have an outlet,” Amos told WXIN-TV in Indianapolis according to MyFoxDC.com.

Amos added that most of the owners who have registered for the competition have dogs that are larger and more muscular breeds, but that a number of small dog owners have registered their Jack Russell terriers and beagles. Mark Wahlberg is only 5-foot-7, so that should serve as an inspiration for some of those smaller dogs. Chihuahuas have dreams too.

  • So it's actually more like a "strongman" competition. Body building is about appearance. Be careful with the Bulldogs. Our Frenchie loves to roughhouse but he developed some spinal issues when he got older.
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  • I don't think it's appalling at all. I have a larger than normal Doberman Pinscher who loves to drag/carry heavy objects. He won't fetch little sticks. He goes after small logs. (It takes a lot out of me to throw it, though!)He seems to love the challenge-of course he's in the working breed class, so they certainly do enjoy this kind of challenge.
  • Canine Bodybuilding is a positive avenue for dogs and their owners to compete in a healthy animal friendly environment. There are thousands of dogs being killed everyday at animal shelters! There are dogs that are forced to fight for a living. This organization is here to eliminate dog fighting and negative expliotation of dogs. This is about healthy diet and conditioning! The competetors in this sport will have optimum diets and exercise regiments. Many of the breeds who will compete in these shows are the type of dogs that must have tons of mental stimulation and physical exertion or they are miserable and often get themselves into trouble. Also the bodybuilding portion of the shows is purely asthetics! Bodybuilding is about the overall symmetry and definition of these dogs NOT physical strength. Most of the dogs that will compete are genetically predisposed to carry heavy muscle. The conditioning and superior diet will be the key in these competitions.

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