Flat-faced dogs: they are adorable, but they have many health problems

Some of the most popular dog breeds, including the Boston Terrier, English Bulldog, French Bulldog, English Toy Spaniel, Pekingese, Pug, and Shih Tzu, are vulnerable to a number of diseases that are caused by the physical feature that their owners like so much: their flat face.

A study, published in the scientific journal 'Plos One', confirms with scientific data that this type of flat-faced dogs They are very popular and beloved among dog lovers.

Among the reasons, the research highlights the magnetic personality of this type of dog, although, unfortunately, they are quite vulnerable to certain health problems.

Problems with the breathing passages

Brachycephalic or flat-faced dogs have a short muzzle, which gives them a flat (and adorable) profile. However, the shape of the head, throat, and muzzle of these dogs can make them your breathing tubes are flatter or smaller, which causes them to suffer certain diseases.

This study is intended to "discourage some potential owners from purchasing a brachycephalic dog, opening their eyes to the many problems associated with owning these breeds."

These include respiratory diseases, eye diseases, spinal diseases, heat stroke and pneumonia, and their life expectancy, on average, is four years shorter compared to dogs with longer snouts.

However, this has not prevented the increase in their popularity and that they are among the most demanded pets. And that, some vets consider that some breeds, such as bulldogs, French bulldogs or pugs, their health and well-being are too compromised to continue reproducing.

According to a survey of owners of these flat-faced dog breeds, 93% of more than 2,000 respondents would choose to re-own their current breed in the future, and 65% would recommend their current breed to someone considering getting a dog for the first time.

Rowena Packer, Professor of Animal Behavior at the Royal Veterinary College who led the study, explains to Inverse that veterinarians and other professionals can use the data from this study "to discouraging some potential owners from purchasing a brachycephalic dog, opening our eyes to the many problems associated with owning these breeds, as identified by the people who love and care for them. "

Expensive to maintain

Thus, the owners of this type of dog indicate how negative traits of your offspring the health problems, the cost of their maintenance, the ethical and well-being problems associated with the breeding of brachycephalic dogs, the negative effects on the owner's lifestyle and the negative behavioral attributes.

"The owners are getting hooked on how caring they are, but they are also accepting and normalizing their shocking health issues."

They positively value that they are breeds suitable for small houses and a sedentary style and that they are good with children.

The authors of the research argue that the boom in the acquisition of this type of flat-faced dog is unlikely to disappear. "The owners are getting hooked on how caring they are, but they are also accepting and normalizing his shocking health problems", they conclude.