Our obsession with “purebred” English Bulldogs is actually damaging their health.

As more and more people learn about the horrors of puppy mills, we have seen big changes in public perception of dog breeding. In fact, some cities like Los Angeles even prohibit the sale of purebred dogs in pet stores. And while these are big wins, there are still a lot of people looking to breeders to give them “the perfect pet.” But unfortunately, when we breed dogs to meet our own desires, we don’t consider the cost to the animals.

How breeding harmed the English Bulldog

A prime example is the English Bulldog, a breed that faces rapidly increasing health concerns due to its popularity and overproduction. In 2015, the English Bulldog was the fourth most popular breed in the United States and as demand continues to grow, inbreeding also increases.

The way it works is that two dogs are paired to maximize the potential to create a dog that possesses the “desirable” traits for potential clients. In the case of the English Bulldog, it’s those unique skin folds, flat facial structure, and childish personality that people pay breeders to give them. Thus, dogs that have very strong traits are bred, producing puppies which are then sold or also bred, several times within their own families. And while some may find them cute, those same traits that people take advantage of are the ones that create problems for the dogs themselves.

Many English Bulldogs find it difficult to exercise and get too hot because the structure of their heads makes them difficult to pant. We might like those soft folds that bulldogs are known for, but they can also lead to increased dermatitis and eye problems. In addition, their selective gene pool makes them more susceptible to immune system disorders. Is it really fair?

Scientists are starting to to warn that the health of the English Bulldog is in danger due to human interference. Niels pedersen of the Center for Companion Animal Health, University of California, said, “The English Bulldog has reached the point where popularity can no longer be an excuse for the health problems that the average Bulldog endures in its often short life. More people seemed to be in love with her appearance than concerned with her health. “

How you can help

Let’s help end this and find homes for all the dogs that are already there. Every year approximately 3.9 million dogs enter shelters only in the United States! That’s a staggering number of perfectly healthy, lovable and lovable potential pets that would love to have a home. You could save a lot of money, help out a rescue organization, and find the perfect companion that’s already waiting just by visiting your local rescue shelters.

If you have an English Bulldog or any other breed at heart, be sure to search online for breed-specific rescue organizations, such as the Bulldog Rescue Network, a charity that finds homes for bulldogs that have been neglected, abandoned or returned. Rather than perpetuating these unhealthy breeding cycles, help end the exploitation of these lovable dogs and set an example for others.

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Jeanetta J. Stewart

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