Very popular in recent years, pugs and their atypical physique have made more than one crack. However, this dog breed is particularly prone to health problems.
Originally from China, the pug came to Europe in the 16th century with the opening of the Silk Roads to the old continent.
British Professor Dan O’Neill, Lecturer in Animal Epidemiology at the Royal Veterinary College, conducted a study of over 16,000 Pugs in the UK.
The study shows that this breed is 50 times more prone to serious health problems and has a shorter lifespan. Pugs are at increased risk for 23 of the 40 most common health problems in dogs.
“We have compiled a list of the most important bodily functions in dogs,” the scientist explains to the British newspaper The Telegraph. For example, dogs must be able to blink.
“It sounds easy, but a lot of pugs just can’t do it. A dog must also be able to sit and sleep without constantly snoring or panting and have skin that is not wrinkled. Pugs just don’t have the basic functions you expect a dog to have,” the professor continues.
A low life expectancy
With a maximum lifespan of 8 years, pugs are among the dog breeds with the shortest lifespans. According to a French study, there are also French bulldogs and Jack Russells that can live up to 13 years on average.
Professor O’Neill sends a message to the public. “Only buy breeds with normal health traits, not pugs,” he insists.