Charity calls for stricter rules on keeping pugs and French bulldogs

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The leading pet charity has called for action to stop some people from breeding flat-faced dog breeds like French bulldogs and pugs because of their health issues.

Blue Cross accused breeders of a “vicious cycle of over-breeding”, causing serious health problems in flat-faced breeds.

He is now calling for legislative and non-legislative action to stamp out ‘bad breeding’ as some animals do not live ‘full and happy’ lives, the Sun reported.

The charity’s public affairs manager, Becky Thwaites, said she was lobbying MPs to end the “welfare crisis”.

She said: “We have already started contacting MPs.

“Ultimately, Blue Cross is determined to see an end to the poor breeding of flat-faced dogs and is considering all legislative and non-legislative options to achieve this.”

Ms Thwaites told the publication that the charity ‘doesn’t want to ban the breed’ but it ‘wants healthier breeds’.

Blue Cross is campaigning for breeders in the UK to be required to have certification issued by veterinarians that their flat-faced pets have no health issues that could be passed on during breeding, such as in Australia.

Flatter-faced breeds have grown in popularity in the UK in recent years, with the Kennel Club reporting a 2,747% increase in the number of registered French Bulldogs since 2004.

Other popular flat-faced dog breeds in the UK, called brachycephalic by vets, include English Bulldogs, Boston Terriers, Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, Shih Tzus and Boxers.

Although not all short-nosed dogs suffer from breeding-related health problems, many do, said the charity, which said their hospital veterinary teams are treating more and more dogs for health problems.

These can include breathing problems, heart problems, and tooth problems.

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