Pet owners are being discouraged from buying French Bulldogs because they have a much higher risk of health problems.
A new study has revealed that the flat-faced breed is more likely to suffer from conditions related to its defining traits,
With their short muzzles, large heads, skin folds, and shortened spine and tail, these dogs have plenty of room for trouble.
Experts say that while celebrities and social media influencers have ‘boosted’ the French Bulldog’s popularity, people should ‘stop and think’ before buying or adopting one. they.
The paper’s lead author and senior lecturer in companion animal epidemiology at the Royal Veterinary College (RVC), Dr Dan O’Neill, said: ‘There is no doubt many people love the feeling of owning their special French Bulldog.
‘But sadly, this study helps us capture the full spectrum of serious health problems that affect those dog.
‘Especially with Christmas coming up, we should give dogs a special gift by putting dogs’ needs ahead of human wants. Please stop and think before buying a flat-faced dog. ‘
The study compared the health of random samples of 2,781 French Bulldogs and 21,850 French Bulldogs.
Compiling a list of 43 disorders most common in both groups of dogs, the findings revealed that many of the health differences between the two groups were closely related to the body shape characteristic of the French Bulldog.
The results showed that French Bulldogs had a higher risk of general disorders 20 out of 43 (46.5%). However, they also had a lower risk of developing 11 out of 43 (25.6%) disorders.
Narrow nostrils is the highest risk disorder in French Bulldogs, with the breed being 42 times more likely to develop it, helping to explain the high frequency of respiratory problems they experience.
Other conditions that are most at-risk in French Bulldogs include brachycephalic airway obstruction syndrome, purulent ear discharge, fold dermatitis, and birth difficulties.
Bill Lambert of the Kennel Club said: ‘We, along with veterinarians, welfare organizations and breeders’ clubs, continue to work together to educate the public, many of whom seem to unaware of the potential health and welfare issues some of these dogs face.
‘We urge those who are going to be owners and breeders to think twice about any breeding or buying decision when it comes to French Bulldogs, using health tests, resources, and more. evidence-based and expert advice.’
President of the British Veterinary Association Justine Shotton said: ‘Social media and celebrity influence have really boosted the popularity of French Bulldogs in recent years, but sadly the characterization’ Their cuteness” can hide a wide range of health problems, which may require expensive treatment.
‘There is growing concern in the veterinary industry that many owners are not aware of these problems when they decide to bring Frenchie into the family.’
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https://metro.co.uk/2021/12/16/dog-people-warned-not-to-buy-or-adopt-french-bulldogs-15780397/ Dog owners warn against buying or adopting French Bulldogs