With its flat face and short-legged profile, the English Bulldog is a favorite of purebred dog lovers, but British scientists say the reason for this success is that it increases the risk of health risks.
Rooster Gallic, however, is Bulldog English. The molasses was first bred to fight bulls, which became a pet in Victorian England in the 19th century, recalling a study published Wednesday in Canine Medicine and Genetics.
Breeders have exaggerated the distinctive features of its ancestors by getting a shorter face with a wider lower jaw, thicker constitution and curved legs.
This animal is now one of the most popular in the UK. He was ranked fourth in 2020 in the dog registrations rankings by the Kennel Club’s Great British Association.
But a study by Don G. O’Neill of the Royal Veterinary College confirms the cost of this success. According to a statistical study conducted in 2016 on a sample of more than 24,000 dogs, including more than 2,000 English Bulldogs approved by the Cabinet Veterinary, the English Bulldog has twice as much love as any other dog.
Its beautifully wrinkled coat promotes dermatitis. In the case of his water eye, it is a reaction to what the British call the cherry eye, the cherry eye, due to tissue inflammation. Its flat face is the cause of respiratory syndromes, which limit its resistance to attempt, e.g. And the excess weight of his muscles caused the formation of cysts between the fingers. Not to mention the radical transformation of the animal’s appearance, making it difficult for females to give birth and the use of cesarean sections.
These problems are not new and their prevalence in this species has been documented for decades. But this is the first time scientists have counted them: “The reversal of many of the pathologies reported in this study is linked to the extreme shape of the English Bulldog”.
The authors of the study called on breeders to change these standards, “to prevent the United Kingdom from being included in the list of countries where the breeding of English bulldogs is prohibited”.
In a landmark judgment, an Oslo court banned the breeding of English bulldogs and Cavalier King Charles Spaniel in Norway, citing the practice as being in violation of animal welfare law.