This Dog Breed Could Soon Disappear, And We Are To Blame

This Dog Breed Could Soon Disappear, And We Are To Blame

Our breeding preferences are nothing short of dangerous for animals and as a result, an entire breed of dog could soon end up disappearing.

American veterinarian and researcher Nils Pedersen has recently revealed some sad news. The English bulldog, known for its flat face, could soon end up disappearing. And to make things even worse, it’s our fault because it is us who find these animals with their flat noses and lots of wrinkles so cute.

Inbreeding resulting in brachycephaly

Because this species is bought quite often and are rather expensive, according to CBS, breeders engage in inbreeding in order to make their popular features even stronger and more prominent. And as a result, bulldogs’ heads have gotten smaller and flatter and they have contracted brachycephaly as a result.

Although this appearance might look cute to us, these particular features can lead to some rather unpleasant and dangerous consequences for our four-legged friends. These dogs end up suffering from breathing problems, eye problems, incontinence and above all, a shorter life expectancy.

We can fix this problem

For scientist Pedersen, the solution is relatively simple. We absolutely need to put a stop this inbreeding. He has noted that some breeders in Europe have already started to act and are now outcrossing English bulldogs with another breed, the Olde English Bulldogge, in order to create a healthier animal called a Continental bulldog.

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