The Australian Veterinary Association has called for a partial ban on ‘flat-faced’ dogs. It wants dogs with muzzles under a third of its skull length banned from breeding.
This includes Pugs, French Bulldogs, Boston Terriers and Cavalier King Charles Spaniels. Dr Innis Cloete, from Kingsway Vet Centre, joined Bec and Jeziel to tell us more. “The humanity and ethical dilemmas that these breeds pose has really come to the forefront.”
There has been an explosion of people wanting pets and the demand for ‘boutique breeds’ has increased. “There is nothing more cute than a British bulldog puppy…A lot of people have fallen for the looks but they are not informed of the repercussions.” Selective breeding has resulted in man made health problems for the animals. “They can not breed on their own. They have to be artificially inseminated….With that came all these other issues: breathing problem, cork screw tail, Leg deformities.”
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