“Ban Clandestine Breeders, Not Dogs” – Says Pug Breeder

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A call has been made for pugs and bulldogs to be banned in the UK after demands for a crackdown on unethical breeders who leave popular breeds with health problems.

However, Morgan Bowker, a KC-registered dog breeder for four years, says the appeals are unfair to responsible owners.

Miss Bowker, who has two pugs herself, recently sold her dog’s litter to a family member on GumTree for £1,000.

A pet charity called Blue Cross has been demanding a ban on breeding bulldogs and pugs since 1987.

The charity has now accused breeders of participating in a ‘vicious cycle of over-breeding’ which can create health problems, meaning 20% ​​of pugs and bulldogs now have flat faces.

The dog’s owner insisted that it’s not the dog’s fault that he was raised badly, but the owners should be held accountable.

But Miss Bowker. of Droitwich, says it’s important buyers do their research when buying a new pet.

She said: “I think all dogs should be artificially inseminated because natural breeding can be problematic.

“People think it’s easy to buy a dog and raise it and make a little money, but if you’re going to get a pug for £800 then it’s probably not being raised properly.

“You have to do your research, but you should ban illegal breeders, not real breeders.

Flat-faced pugs could be banned in the UK. Picture: Canvas

“Ban street dog breeders, not dogs. I have two pugs, and they were artificially inseminated and come from pure lines.

“I think people think it’s easy to buy a dog, raise it and make some money.

“You have to do your research, but you should ban underground breeders, not actual breeders.”

Stereotypically Pugs can be seen as quite slow-paced dogs, but Miss Bowker said: “Pugs are meant to be quite big and energetic if you have the right pedigree.

“I don’t think we should ban the dog – but we should ban the breeders.”

A pet charity called Blue Cross has been demanding a ban on breeding bulldogs and pugs since 1987.

The charity accused breeders of participating in a “vicious cycle of over-breeding” which can create health problems for flat-faced pugs.

Although breeders of KC-registered dogs like Miss Bowker still exist, Blue Cross says 20% of such dogs in Britain now have flat faces. This could lead to health issues such as skin/eye diseases, obstructed breathing, and spinal deformities.

Do you own a bulldog or a pug? What do you think? Email Shivani Chaudhari on [email protected]

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