To me, all budgies are pets
BUT, "English bred" aka Exhibition budgies, are for showing - no idea why really though. To me, the fluffy feathers, whilst very cute, cover up their 'lines', so to me, it'd be like .... trying to judge a fine thoroughbred hose, all covered in wool.
Personally, I think if those of us who have the beautiful "regular" little budgie all started turning up at shows with our beauties, they would HAVE to start looking at them and giving out awards.
I'm just too scared of exposing my babies to other budgies who might have germs like ... mega bacteria, beak and feather disease or pssiticosis ...
My son brought in a disease to his chickens after buying some showbird Rhodes from a fowl show - he quarantined and all, but the birds had Mareks and died horribly. And because we have wild topknot pigeons who visit all the chicken yards, they must have spread it and a few others who must not have been vaccinated also died, from Mareks.
It has made me extraordinarily fearful of any shows where the birds are close together.