Pugs and French Bulldogs could be banned in the UK amid calls for a crackdown on breeders

French bulldogs and pugs could be banned in the UK as part of a pet charity’s vow to crack down on the ‘unsafe’ breeding of some of the nations’ favorite breeds which can lead to health problems.

The charity, which was founded in 1897, demands a crackdown on ‘bad breeding’ which affects the health of popular breeds, including English Bulldogs.


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Calls to end poor flat-faced dog breeding in the UK

Calls for legislative and non-legislative action could lead to the development of laws that will have a huge impact on the availability of these breeds in the UK.

Blue Cross public affairs manager Becky Thwaites told The Sun: “We have already started reaching out to MPs. Ultimately, Blue Cross is determined to see an end to the poor breeding of flat-faced dogs. and consider all legislative and non-legislative options to achieve this.”

20% of UK dogs are now flat-faced breeds

According to the charity, 20% of dogs in Britain are now flat-faced breeds and health issues can include eye disease, skin disease, obstructed breathing and spinal deformities.

Blue Cross veterinarians claim to have treated more than 5,000 brachycephalic animals in the past two years alone.

The demands follow similar calls in Australia to ban flat-faced breeds on the grounds that “their basic existence is suffering”.

Blue Cross has called for UK breeders to be required to have certification issued by veterinarians to ensure animals do not have any health issues that could be passed on through breeding.

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