French Bulldogs are known for their flat noses, large eyes, and wrinkled faces. But many Frenchie enthusiasts are surprised to find that the breed hasn’t always looked like this. It is possible to breed French Bulldogs and other brachycephalic breeds with longer noses and wider nostrils, but unfortunately, many people don’t think of this look as “cute” or “trendy”.
Flat-faced dogs may look adorable, but they are prone to a lot more health issues than dogs with a longer muzzle. They can easily get respiratory problems, infections, and many other problems. Thus, the UK Kennel Club encourages dog breeders to now avoid the exaggerated characteristics of French Bulldogs.
Changing the standard of the Frenchie breed
For many years, French Bulldogs with flat faces and pinched nostrils have won awards at dog shows, encouraging others to buy similar dogs. But in an effort to promote healthier breeding, the UK Kennel Club has updated the standard for Frenchies. The updated version emphasizes the importance of avoiding extreme features on these small dogs.
The risk of breathing problems is greatly reduced if a dog’s muzzle is at least 1/3 the length of its head. Of course, not all French Bulldogs have breathing problems, but with a squashed face they are much more likely to have them than long-nosed dogs. By breeding Frenchies with healthier characteristics together, more long-nosed French Bulldogs will appear.
“Certain health issues in French Bulldogs have been affected by their huge increase in popularity, and we continue to be extremely concerned that the exaggerations, which are perceived to create a ‘cute’ look or sound, are gradually coming to the fore. become considered normal and even desirable. “said Bill Lambert, Kennel Club health and wellness expert.
However, this change only affects the UK Kennel Club breed standard, so it does not affect the American Kennel Club regulations. Experts still believe this is a step in the right direction.
Will it make a difference?
At first, this change might not have a huge impact. French Bulldogs at dog shows are only a small portion of the Frenchies in the UK. However, experts believe that these new regulations will have a big influence in the long run.
Having French Bulldogs with longer muzzles at dog shows will help encourage more people to want dogs that look alike. Many dog lovers watch these competitions and learn a lot about dog breeds. So while this will only affect a few dogs in the short term, it will benefit the breed as a whole in the long term.
“We hope these changes send a strong message about the importance of making sure the puppy you buy doesn’t have overdone characteristics,” Lambert said.
Sure, brachycephalic dogs are cute like all other dogs, but choosing a furry friend is more than just showing up. Officials at the British Kennel Club hope to encourage more breeders to focus on the health of their dogs rather than the trend. After all, dogs are family, not objects.
H / T: thekennelclub.org.uk