The Unique face of English Bulldogs and the adorable Cavalier King Charles Spaniels makes a very popular, highly sought-after dog breed for many people. They are a few examples of a dog breed that was bred to have a flat face.
Brachycephalic or flat-faced animals have been bred for generations to develop short skulls and mini muzzles. Flat-faced dogs that most people recognize are English Bulldogs and French Bulldogs. These distinguishing features cause the risk of having Brachycephalic Syndrome since they were born.
On 31 January 2022, The Oslo District Court, Norway, banned selectively breeding English Bulldogs and Cavalier King Charles Spaniels. Due to their risk of Brachycephalic Syndrome that comes with flat-faced features, breeding a healthy puppy is very difficult and all breeders are required to breed healthy animals. Breeding the two dogs violates Norway’s Animal Welfare Act. However, scientifically breeding animals in order to sustain the breed and develop better traits is still acceptable.
After the ruling, there are many debates in the pet industry. Banning the breeding of the two breeds might cause more illegal breeding and create more serious problems.
Even though animals with special features such as flat-faced, short-legged, or long-bodied are very popular among humans because of their adorableness, these features increase the risk of diseases for most pets, and ethically breeding healthy animals is difficult to do. If you really want to have them, always be careful when looking for a reliable breeder. Also, take care of them responsibly, especially when they are sick.
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