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English Bulldogs Face Breeding Ban as UK’s Least Healthy Dog

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Brits are being urged not to buy English Bulldogs until the breed has been reshaped, after a new study found they are the UK’s least healthy dog.

Despite soaring in popularity over the past decade, experts at the Royal Veterinary College say that urgent action is needed to reshape Bulldogs and that people should stop sharing images of them on social media. Sadly, Bulldogs are likely to suffer from serious health issues, including severe breathing difficulties, skin problems, joint problems and dental issues.

If over-breeding continues, English Bulldogs could be banned in the UK completelyvets have warned. The research found Bulldogs were three times more likely to develop skin fold dermatitis, 26 times more likely to have cherry eye, and 19 times more at risk of brachycephalic obstructive airway syndrome.

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“For breeds such as English bulldogs where many dogs still have extreme conformations (a dog’s structure and appearance) with poor innate health, the public have a huge role to play by demanding dogs with moderate and healthier conformations,” Dr Dan O’Neill of the Royal Veterinary College told BBC News.

“Given the continued popularity of the breed, the body shape of the typical English Bulldog pet should be redefined towards more moderate physical characteristics. Doing so will not only improve the dogs’ health, but could also enable the UK to avoid following other countries in banning the English bulldog on welfare grounds.”

Elsewhere in their findings, researchers found that one in 10 English bulldogs lived to the age of eight compared with more than a quarter of other dog breeds – an indicator of overall poor health.

Last month, a separate study warned that Pugs can “no longer be considered typical dogs from a health perspective” because they face such serious problems. They might be a favorite among celebrities, but pugs are twice as likely to experience one of more disorders every year, including breathing issues and skin infections (lip-fold pyoderma).

Meanwhile, previous research found that many Pugs are struggling to breathe and walk, with vets urging owners to stay vigilant when adopting or buying the dogs.

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