Veterinarian Warns Against Certain Dog Breeds Due to Health Issues

Written by Camilla Jessen

Apr.10 - 2024 3:13 PM CET

Veterinarians warn against adopting certain dog breeds with inherent health problems.

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Several dog breeds have been selectively bred to achieve specific appearances, often at a significant cost to their health.

This has been highlighted by Portuguese media outlet Executive Digest.

Amid growing concern for animal welfare, experts are cautioning potential dog owners to reconsider acquiring certain breeds prone to severe health issues due to extensive selective breeding.

The Price of Aesthetics

These breeds typically display exaggerated physical traits such as flat noses, compact bodies, or large, bulging eyes. Such characteristics can lead to a range of issues, from skeletal and organ damage to significant distress for the animals.

The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is one such breed, beloved for its endearing looks but marred by genetic health problems, including a predisposition to myxomatous mitral valve disease, a deadly heart condition.

Similarly, the English bulldog faces a ban in Norway due to its multitude of health concerns, including severe breathing difficulties exacerbated by physical activity.

The Boxer breed also suffers from genetic flaws, with a high incidence of cancer among other serious health problems, including respiratory issues.

The Basset Hound, recognized for its droopy face and heavy skin folds, is another breed afflicted with numerous health problems. Its skin folds can harbor dirt and moisture, leading to infections, and its deep-set eyes are prone to severe complications.

In light of these concerns, potential dog owners are encouraged to prioritize health over appearance when choosing a pet. Remember, a happy dog is a healthy dog.

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