British veterinarians are sounding the alarm and standing up against the breeding of French bulldogs, who would live a real “ordeal”, according to them. Details.
Having become the darling of animal lovers in just a few years, the French bulldog is on the rise!
When she was only 76and France’s favorite dog breed in 2005, it is now at the very top of this ranking, which says a lot about the population’s enthusiasm for these adorable furballs.
A popular success that cannot be denied but which nevertheless hides a harsh reality, because French bulldogs suffer from chronic health problems.
And to satisfy an ever-increasing demand, dogs are bred in industrial quantities, but they would live a real ” Calvary “, according to some British veterinarians who warn of the dangers of breeding this breed.
These experts are particularly angry with the breeders behind the first known litter of hairless French bulldogs, recalling that the suffering endured by these short-muzzled dogs can be unbearable.
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Breeding French Bulldogs is not without risk according to some British vets
You should know that specimens of this brachycephalic breed (short nose, flattened and enlarged skull) sometimes have great difficulty breathing, especially after physical exertion, which can cause vomiting or fainting.
French bulldogs also find it very difficult to tolerate the heat and are very often bothered by untimely snoring.
In a 2013 study, British researchers also noted that these dogs very often developed skin dermatitis.
And to make matters worse, new research, the results of which were published last January, revealed that brachycephalic breeds were seven times more likely to develop cherry eyes, a rare condition that causes a red lump at the corner of the eye and which can degenerate into an eye infection.
” These dogs came out of nowhere 10 years ago (…) they are not in good health. Their growing popularity is a huge problem “, declared at the time Dan Oneil, lecturer at the Royal Veterinary College in London.
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And things could get worse in the future because breeding intensifies and the most fanciful crosses giving dogs qualified as “cute” develop, to the detriment of the health of the latter.
So, according to the Guardian, a unique litter of dogs born hairless – and potentially vulnerable – have recently emerged in Scotland. This would be the result of a cross between French bulldogs, pugs and Chinese crested dogs.
This news is far from unanimous, especially at the British Veterinary Association (BVA), which has condemned such a practice.
” I’m really disappointed. I wish we could get potential owners to understand how much some of these extreme breedings really affect the daily well-being of these dogs. “, declared the president of the association last February.
As you will have understood, the breeding of French bulldogs is not without consequences and could eventually become a real problem.