French Bulldogs have overtaken the iconic family Labrador as the UK’s most popular dog the British Kennel Club has announced.
Those that follow the dog registrations figures have seen this coming for a while.
That doesn’t make the announcement any less sad for all those who understand the issues involved and wish to see dog breeders recognizing the importance of breeding puppies with health as a priority.
So what’s wrong with French Bulldogs?
French Bulldogs belong to a group of dogs that all have shortened skulls.
These flat faced (brachycephalic) breeds are plagued with health issues that could probably be resolved in a single generation by outcrossing French Bulldogs with a breed that has a healthy muzzle length.
The shortened muzzle of the French Bulldog, Pug, and other breeds in this sad category, impairs their ability to breathe, and cool themselves.
Find out more in “What It Means To Be A Brachycephalic Puppy”
The shortened skull also causes serious and painful eye problems, and many French Bulldogs suffer from back problems and a pretty unpleasant condition called inverted tail
Some French Bulldogs have to sleep sitting up, others have difficulty breathing in any position.
Pet insurance fees for French Bulldogs, and many companies won’t insure them at all, reflect the high likelihood that any French Bulldog puppy will end up at some point on an operating table
A sad times indeed for dog health and welfare.
What the Kennel Club says about French Bulldogs
For reasons best known to themselves the Kennel Club implies in its press release that the main risks incurred when you purchase a French Bulldog are restricted to those who buy from a ‘bad breeder’
Members of the public should be clear that this is NOT the case
Buying a French Bulldog from a reputable breeder will not save your puppy from the risks that are inherent in its conformation
Speaking on behalf of the Kennel Club, Caroline Cisko says ““The problem is that rogue breeders are cashing in on this surging demand, which is why it has never been more important that people consider buying from a responsible breeder, such as a Kennel Club Assured Breeder – particularly with this breed, which can suffer from serious health concerns.”
She does not enlighten us a to how buying a brachycephalic dog from a reputable breeder will protect it from brachycephalic obstructive airway syndrome.
Because it won’t
Nor does she mentions that puppies bred from irresponsible breeders can still be registered with this prestigious organization.
The huge increase in numbers is recorded because these puppies are registered with the KC
People see that registration document as a symbol of quality and a guarantee of good health
This problem is not going to go away until the Kennel Club grows up and takes responsibility for health issues caused by the deliberate breeding of severely deformed dogs and outlaws it for good
Let’s be clear.
All French Bulldogs are brachycephalic, and all French Bulldogs are at risk from all the conditions associated with this sad deformity that humans have seen fit to inflict on this group of dogs
Why the Kennel Club continues to support this production line by providing registration documents for severely brachycephalic puppies is a mystery to most of those that care about dog welfare.
I guess the registrations fees come in handy…
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