These excesses of selection that threaten the health of English bulldogs

Buyers are looking for more and more extreme, but less and less viable body types.

Omnipresent on social networks, the English bulldog is one of those dog breeds that have become “trendy”. But behind the photos and videos of influencers, there is real suffering for some of these dogs. British veterinarians warn, in the magazine Canine Medicine and Genetics , on the poor state of health of many of these animals. They call for a modification of the standards and above all an awareness of future buyers so that they stop valuing animals with extreme morphologies, with increasingly flattened muzzles, and very wrinkled skin. Norway did not wait for this opinion and recently banned the breeding of several breeds of dogs, including the English bulldog, because of excessive selection which led to too many diseases, and therefore suffering for the animals. .

The study authors analyzed numbers extracted from the VetCompass database to compare the health status of 2,662 English bulldogs to that…

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