The future of the British Bulldog is under threat as the Dutch Kennel Club is the first to adopt the BAN registration of puppies after the introduction of new breeding laws
- The Dutch Kennel Club has banned the registration of new bulldog puppies
- The ban comes after the government has restricted the breeding of dogs with wide skulls
- Dogs with a wide skull can have breathing, eye and spine problems
- Some believe that the ban will force underground farming with worse consequences
The Dutch Kennel Club is the first international kennel club to ban the registration of new bulldog puppies.
The kennel moves after the Dutch government has introduced new laws restricting the breeding of dogs with wide skulls who can suffer from breathing problems, eyes and spines.
The British bulldog, often seen as a symbol of Britain's fighting spirit, is one of twelve on the list of prohibited flat-faced breeds in the kennel.
Other pups whose registration is prohibited are the Pug, the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, the Boston Terrier, the French Bulldog, Pekingese, the Japanese Chin, Shih Tzu, the Griffin Bruxellois, the Griffin Belge, the Petit Brabancon and the Affenpinscher, also known as the monkey terrier.
The British bulldog (pictured), often seen as a symbol of Britain's fighting spirit, is one of twelve on the list of banned flat-faced breeds at the Dutch Kennel Club.
Only dogs with long noses that are healthy enough to mate should be used for breeding under the new Dutch government laws, the Telegraph reported.
Otherwise, dogs with longer snouts should be used for crossbreeding with flat-faced dogs to reduce the dog's health risks.
A BBC documentary Pedigree Dogs Exposed, published in 2008, revealed some disturbing health problems in flat-faced dogs, such as bulldogs with big heads to be able to give birth, and Spaniards by Cavalier King Charles with skulls that work for their own brains are too small.
Animal rights organizations that support the ban include the Federation of European Pet Veterinary Associations, which have campaigned in the European Parliament to stop the suffering of dogs and cats that develop serious health problems due to extreme breeding due to exaggerated features such as flat faces, Wrinkles on the skin, sloping back and protruding eyes. & # 39;
However, some experts fear that the ban will take breeding underground, where breeders do not have to adhere to healthy breeding rules.
Other pups whose registration is prohibited are the pug (left picture), the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel (right picture), the Boston Terrier, the French Bulldog, Pekingese, the Japanese chin, Shih Tzu, the Griffin Bruxellois, the Griffin Belge , the Petit Brabancon and the Affenpinscher. also known as the monkey terrier.
Malcolm Presland, chairman of the British Bulldog Breeding Council, told the Telegraph that legal breeding means the club could improve bulldog health.
He said: “Twenty years ago, you could hear bulldogs snoring at a championship dog show.
“You don't get that today because of new standards.
“But these are not good enough for the Dutch who want to breed bulldogs with smaller heads.
& # 39; Outcrossing doesn't work with bulldogs.
"You lose her sweet temper, which makes her a popular family pet.
"The way is more health improvements and responsible breeding."
The head of the Breeding Council for Health and Welfare also said he feared that the ban would increase illegal puppy smuggling.
He would prefer the solution to focus on working with breeders such as Cambridge University's collaboration with the Animal Health Trust, which was working on veterinary breath tests to check with flat-faced dogs before they were used for breeding .
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