ITV This Morning’s vet explains the welfare reasons why British bulldogs are banned from Norway

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TV vet Dr Scott Miller has explained how welfare concerns with ‘flat-faced’ dogs led to breeds such as British Bulldogs and King Charles Spaniels being banned in Norway.

The Oslo District Court in Norway recently ruled against the breeding of British Bulldogs and Cavalier King Charles Spaniels for health reasons, calling the decision “first and foremost a victory for our dogs. “.

The breeds, which are among the most expensive and beloved by Britons, have been banned due to prolonged concerns over their health, mainly due to their ‘flat faces’ causing respiratory problems, vets say.

Vet Dr Scott Miller, a regular on ITV’s This Morning, revealed to hosts Alison Hammond and Dermot O’leary exactly what the problem is surrounding the dogs and how breeders can pay more attention in the future to improve the quality of life of breeds in the future. :



Veterinarian Doctor Scott Miller explains the health issues that cripple breeds such as British Bulldogs and King Charles Spaniels, leading Norway to ban the breeding of pets

“From a veterinary perspective, we have serious concerns about so-called brachycephalic dogs, or ‘flat-faced’ dogs and the impact this has on their welfare.

“For a dog like that (British Bulldog) you can see very narrow nostrils and hardly any nose – the whole structure of the nasal passages is thrown back.

“They have an elongated soft palate which means they have trouble breathing, they overheat and also because of their shape, they also have a lot of arthritis and tend to be overweight because you can’t exert them too much.

“King Charles Spaniels have such abnormally shaped heads that they can actually pressurize the brainstem and lead to a neurological condition called syringomyelia – both of these conditions were caused due to breed standards.”

Dr. Scott went on to explain how the dog breeding industry can help these breeds have a better quality of life for generations to come:

“All kennel clubs around the world need to take responsibility for setting the breed standards, the breed standards have become so extreme that these animals are struggling, they are in pain, they are uncomfortable – in many cases, they need surgical correction to just behave and act normal.”

Dr Scott continued as Alison Hammond looked on with a worried expression: “British Bulldogs were bigger, not so tank-like, they definitely didn’t have that flat nose, so he (breed standards) became more and more extreme.”


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Dermot asked, “How are you going to rectify that?”, to which Dr Scott added, “Well, it really has to start at the bottom, there has to be a real desire on the part of all breeders to go ‘what we want is for these dogs not only to look a certain way, but also to be healthy’, we need to raise them to at least breathe properly!”

“That sounds so cruel,” Alison replied.

However, Dr Scott reflected on how Norway’s decision to ban the safe breeding of British Bulldogs and Charles Spaniels could lead to rogue breeders instead:

“What Norway has done by banning breeders, what they’re doing is saying ‘well, we’re allowing dodgy breeders in’ and infiltrating with even worse genetic lines, so I think that’s problematic – instead what we need to do is work with the breeders, work with all the kennel clubs to take responsibility and actually breed the animals they love to be healthy. “

He went on to explain that he regularly had to operate on dogs with breathing difficulties to fix their paddles and even plastic surgery on their noses to help them breathe better.

Crufts, the UK’s most popular dog show, now has a Kennel Club-backed respiratory function system, which sees pets competing in events undergo medical assessment before shows to see s ‘they’re fit to go on the show, something Dr. Scott approves of. .

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