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Pugs No Longer Considered “Typical Dogs”

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Pugs can “no longer be considered typical dogs from a health perspective” because they face such serious problems, a new study has warned.

Research from the Royal Veterinary College compared the health of 4,308 pugs and 21,835 non-pugs, discovering that sadly the health of pugs is now largely worse than other dogs. 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).

“The issue you’ve got is a dog with a smaller skull, but nothing else about the dog has gotten equivalently smaller,” Dr Myfanwy Hill, a veterinary surgeon who works at the University of Cambridge, told the BBC. “Their brains are squished into a box that is too small, while other soft tissues are squished into a smaller space.”

Bred purely for their looks, fashionable brachycephalic breeds had record-high puppy registrations in 2020, rising by 17% compared with 2019. Despite this, experts are urging new pet parents to avoid buying them. The common images we see of pugs might appear to be happy and smiling, but they are not as “joyful” as we think.

“While these extreme, unhealthy characteristics remain, we will continue to strongly recommend potential owners do not buy brachycephalic breeds such as pugs,” Justine Shotton, president of the British Veterinary Association added.

pug dog stud on the green field look very friendly

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This isn’t the first time experts have issued a warning, either. Back in March 2021, vets warned that French Bulldogs and Pugs are at risk of going blind due to over-breeding. Meanwhile, previous research found that many are struggling to breathe and walk, with vets urging owners to stay vigilant when adopting or buying the dogs.

“Animals have thoughts and feelings of their own. And we need to make sure that they live long, happy and healthy lives,” Dr Myfanwy adds.

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