French Bulldogs No Longer ‘Typical Dogs’ Due To Health Issues, Scientists Say

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People are being discouraged from buying French Bulldogs after new research found they were at a much higher risk of developing health issues including narrowed nostrils and obstructive airway syndrome.

According to a study of over 2,000 French Bulldogs at the Royal Veterinary College (RVC), brachycephalic breeds unfortunately can no longer be considered “typical dogs” from a medical perspective, due to years of over-breeding.

While owners have previously been warned to ‘stop and think’ before purchasing flat-faced breeds, this new study underscores the need to evolve French Bulldogs to more ordinary characteristics to reduce the risk of disorders respiratory.

As part of the study, scientists analyzed the medical histories of 2,781 French bulldogs and 21,850 dogs of other breeds, comparing the rates of diagnoses of 43 specific disorders between bulldogs and other breeds. Unfortunately, but not surprisingly, French Bulldogs were at higher risk for conditions such as obstructive airway syndrome, discharge from the ears, skin fold dermatitis, difficulty giving birth, and difficulty breathing.

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“There is no doubt that many humans love the feeling of owning their special French Bulldog. But sadly, this study helps us understand the full extent of the serious health issues affecting these dogs,” said Dr. Dan O’ Neill, lecturer in companionship. animal epidemiology at the Royal Veterinary College, told Mail online.

“Achieving meaningful changes in the typical appearance of French Bulldogs over time requires buy-in from breeders and kennel clubs who publish breeding standards. But the greatest responsibility lies with owners who ultimately account, may require dogs with more moderate characteristics.”

Despite the shocking health issues brought to light, the study found that French bulldogs were less likely to develop lameness, obesity and unwanted behaviors.

Bill Lambert of the Kennel Club adds: “We, alongside vets, social welfare organizations and breed clubs, continue to work collaboratively to educate the general public, many of whom simply seem unaware of the potential issues. of health and well-being that some of these dogs face.”

You can find the full study in the journal Canine Medicine and Genetics.

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