The Bulldog: Dog-Breeding Gone Wrong

Bulldogs sure are endearing, and bulldog lovers may love their pets to death, literaly. You see, bulldogs are bred to look that way, and the lengths that people are willing to go to get that cute look is killing the breed:

“It is the most extreme example of genetic manipulation in the dog-breeding world that results in congenital and hereditary problems,” Pacelle said.

Brenda Bonnett, a consulting veterinary epidemiologist and a speaker at the conference, outlined the results of her study of Swedish dog-insurance data from 1995 to 2006. She told conference attendees that bulldogs are significantly more likely than other dogs to suffer from a wide range of health issues, including ear and eye problems, skin infections, respiratory issues, immunological and neurological problems and locomotor challenges.

Can the bulldog be saved? Benoit Denizet-Lewis wrote an interesting article for The New York Times Magazine about how the bulldog breed can redesigned ... and whether we should do so: Link (Photo: Andrew Bettles for The New York Times) - via PopSci

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Puck, I'm not sure the bullies find you all that attractive either!

As with all matters, consider that this was written from one perspective (using some questionable, underpowered studies). There are many bulldogs who live healthy, happy lives and I've owned 5 of them! Backyard breeding, puppy mills and those looking to turn a quick buck off of the popularity of this breed amongst the uninitiated are responsible for many of the problems.

As for the nobody needs to buy pure-bred dog comments, get real. A pound mutt doesn't come with any guarantees.
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I thought the Selier family had been discredited from the AKC as bulldog breeders due to all the medical issues the UGA bloodline has.

You have litters where the dogs are blind and deaf, but then again, Georgia fans still buy them because of them being a UGA descendant.
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Goats without ears, cats and dogs with no fur, bent ears, too much skin, really short legs, flat faces, fish with bloated heads and ridiculously long tails, an almost endless list of things that we do to animals that we think are "cute", but seriously undermine their quality of life. Never understood why we think deformities in animals are "cute" or in any way desirable.
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