These excesses of selection that threaten the health of English bulldogs

These excesses of selection that threaten the health of English bulldogs

Buyers are looking for increasingly extreme but less and less viable body types.

The English Bulldog is ubiquitous on social media and is one of the dog breeds that have become “trendy”. But behind the photos and videos from influencers, there is real suffering for some of these dogs. British veterinarians warn in the journal Canine Medicine and Genetics that many of these animals are in poor health. They call for a change in standards and, above all, for future buyers to be made aware of them, so that they stop evaluating animals with extreme morphologies, with increasingly flattened snouts and highly wrinkled skin. Norway did not wait for this opinion and recently banned the breeding of several breeds of dogs, including the English bulldog, due to excessive selection leading to too many diseases and suffering for the animals. .

The study authors analyzed figures from the VetCompass database to compare the health status of 2,662 English bulldogs with the…

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