In the recent years the Bulldog has gone from an incredible athlete to one of the unhealthiest breeds. They’re fame is still on the rise even though there are numerous concerns on their health and well-being. What’s more, the issue is, without a doubt, man made.
What has Unethical Breeding do to Bulldogs Throughout the Years
Throughout the years the Bulldog’s physical attributes have been reproduced to be more extreme. The face flatter, the legs shortened, the head bigger, and the underbite has grown. These have been made to change the Bulldog to a more expressive face, imitating the vibe of a human child.
All these lead to the numerous health issues the Bulldog today face. Unfortunately, new research proposes that improving their health now would be difficult because of the lack of genetic diversity.
Most Bulldogs can’t breed without human intervention, in both the mating and birthing process. Almost 95% of Bulldogs are delivered by Cesarean section. Their head has been bred to grow bigger all these years, making these dogs can’t give birth normally through the pelvic canal. If not for human intervention in breeding, the Bulldog today would end up being wiped out.
The yearly veterinary expense for a Bulldog are twice as much as those for a Labrador Retriever. The Bulldog has a lot of health problems, the most notable concerns include:
- Respiratory problems
- Intolerant to heat
- Hip dysplasia
- Short life expectancy
What Could We Do?
What’s been done to Bulldogs by unethical breeding has made a negative impact on the breed. The well being of these dogs are sacrificed just because people prefer they’re “extreme” appearance.
Try not to encourage bad reproducing practices by purchasing a Bulldog puppy from a breeder or pet store.
In case you’re thinking about getting a Bulldog please receive one from a rescue or shelter.