Veterinarians asked to stop adopting British bulldogs because of their poor health

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Faced with the many health problems of English bulldogs, mainly due to selective breeding, British veterinarians have suggested the importance of stopping the practice. They even say that it is best to stop keeping the breed until it is remodeled and back to normal.

Selective breeding from the origin of the English bulldog chaos

One of the most popular dog breeds in the UK, and around the world, the English Bulldog is a lovely coat known for its wrinkled and scowling skin that hides a gentle, pleasant and cheerful personality. draw. Indeed, despite its bad reputation as an aggressive dog, which has to do with the fact that for a long time the breed was bred to feed on cows, the bulldog was able to win people’s hearts. In fact, it was so popular that even after the cruel sport was banned, selective breeding was still widely practiced on the breed.

Recall that breeding or artificial selection is a process used by humans to develop new breeds of livestock or to preserve the purity of certain livestock breeds. So the process is essentially selecting pairs of parents with distinct traits to cross-breed with each other and produce offspring with more desirable traits. Unfortunately, a narrow selection process often causes many health problems in animals.

And that’s what happens to bulldogs. A study conducted by researchers from the Royal Veterinary College in particular revealed that the distinct characteristics of English bulldogs, acquired through selective breeding, contribute to the dogs This breed has twice the risk of health problems compared to other breeds and is significantly lower. longevity. These features include a flat face, protruding lower jaw, and skin folds. Again, puppies are no longer considered a typical breed because of their frail health.

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More health problems and shorter life span

To arrive at this conclusion, the researchers compared the risk of developing common disorders in English bulldogs with that of other dogs by analyzing data from VetCompass out of a total of 2,662 English bulldogs and 22,039 dogs of other breeds. According to research results published in the journal Drugs and Genetics Canine, bulldogs have an increased risk of respiratory, eye, and skin problems. British bulldogs are 38 times more likely to develop fold dermatitis than other dogs.

They were also 26 times more likely to develop an eye condition known as prolapse, and 24 times more likely to develop mandibular protrusion. The authors also note that less than 10% of English bulldogs studied were over the age of 8 years, compared with more than 25% of many other breeds. Faced with these disturbing results, researchers are calling for English Bulldogs to be bred with more moderate physical traits and to stop adopting the breed until the dog returns. more common features.

If scientists are calling for the authorities to strengthen laws on bulldog breeding, they are also calling for accountability on the part of dog owners. ” For breeds like English Bulldogs, where many dogs still have traits extremely consistent with poor innate health, the public has a huge role to play in demanding dogs that are fit and healthy. stronger. “, therefore declared Dr. Dan O’Neilllead author of the study, BBC News.

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