The RSPCA says we need to change our perception of flat-faced dogs
An animal charity wants Crufts to stop ‘flat-faced’ dog breeds from competing at the annual show – which starts tomorrow.
The RSPCA says animals like pugs, French and British bulldogs can’t breathe properly because of cruel selective breeding practices.
Campaigners say the only way to stamp out demand for dogs with severe health problems is to change public perception of them as “cute”.
🐶🐾 Dog breeds with shorter snouts and flat faces continue to grow in popularity. Due to their extreme body shape, these dogs often suffer from lifelong illnesses.
Join us and @The_Blue_Cross to stop #Crufts from promoting flat-faced dogs: https://t.co/Br0Q5pQjkG #SaveOurBreath pic.twitter.com/vW9KV7hDd9
— RSPCA (England & Wales) (@RSPCA_official) March 6, 2023
Animal Charity Blue Cross says flat-faced dogs are prone to a number of health conditions like:
- Breathing problems, also known as Brachycephalic obstructive airway syndrome (BOAS)
- Heart problems
- Tooth problems
- Skin and ear problems