Should breeding pugs be banned? Share your thoughts with us

Some of our country’s most popular dog breeds come with a laundry list of genetic disorders due to selective breeding for exaggerated traits. Now many breeds face respiratory problems, epilepsy, seizures and early death as they are bred for size and looks. Should we ban these practices?

Two cute pug puppies in human hands
Pugs were bred to have a flat face and bulging eyes, leading to a variety of breathing and vision problems for the cute toy breed.

The traits of many of Britain’s most widespread and popular dog breeds have been selected and exaggerated by breeders over many generations and decades. This is how iconic breeds like the British Bulldog and the Pug got their distinctive traits — as well as a whole host of health issues.

Dogs like these, with their distinctive short muzzles and flat faces, often have a lifetime of difficulty breathing, reproducing, and living a normal, happy life. But they are not the only “pedigree” breeds whose selected traits can also become selected disabilities.

Dogs like the Great Dane, as well as all Bulldogs, have been chosen by breeders for their famously large skulls. This cruelty makes natural childbirth almost impossible for many of these breeds, resulting in birth complications or requiring a canine C-section.

In addition, to achieve the standardized traits set out in the Kennel Club’s pedigree rules, many breeders engage in “line breeding”, in which grandparent dogs are brought to breed with their grandchildren to ensure a pure pedigree. This makes it easier for breeders to ensure your dachshunds have their iconic “sausage” body and guarantees a predisposition to crippling spine problems.

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In April, the animal rights organization Blue Cross called for an end to the “vicious circle of overbreeding”. Becky Thwaites, Head of Public Affairs at Blue Cross, said: “We have already started contacting MPs. Ultimately, Blue Cross is determined to see an end to the bad breeding of flat-faced dogs and is considering all options, both legal and non-legal, to achieve this.”

The charity estimates that one in five British dogs are born with a flat face, also known as a brachycephalic condition. With 11,000 Pugs registered with the Kennel Club in 2017, Blue Cross is seeing a sharp increase in dogs suffering from respiratory problems.

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