Dog lovers have spoken out in favor of a ban on the ‘barbaric’ breeding of pugs and French bulldogs, after a pet charity pledged to try to end the breeding dogs across the country. It comes as the UK could see a ‘crackdown’ on the dangerous breeding of popular dogs.
Pet charity Blue Cross has pledged to crack down on the breeds, saying breeders are guilty of a ‘vicious cycle of overbreeding’. Becky Thwaites, public affairs manager at Blue Cross, admitted she had already started contacting MPs in a bid to end the “bad breeding of flat-faced dogs”.
According to the charity, an increase in “cute” advertisements prevalent on social media has led to an increase in requests for French bulldogs and pugs diagnosed with health conditions. Readers on the Manchester Evening News’ The Facebook page had a say in what he thought.
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Stephanie Barnes has called the breeding of pugs and French bulldogs “outrageous” before adding that they have been banned in other countries. She said: “I think it’s a good thing the backyard breeders are ruining these breeds and half of them are crossbreeding to get colors that don’t really exist in their breed standard. Poor dogs are dying for lack of health and inbreeding tests.”
Nikki Jackson was also in favor, saying: “It has to happen, it’s barbaric to reproduce health conditions in dogs for cosmetic reasons. For those who already own this type of dog, you would probably be protected in front register property through a cut-off point, then the authorities would be able to deal effectively with illegal breeding.”
“Ban their breeding and let the existing ones live their lives. Watching these poor dogs suffer just trying to breathe is horrible, so God knows how the poor dog feels,” commented Helen Mawdsley.
Currently, 20% of dogs in the UK are flat-faced breeds, according to the charity. But due to the growing popularity of these breeders, there have been increasing cases of poor breeding with Blue Cross vets claiming to have treated 5,000 brachycephalic animals in the previous two years. Four dog breeds are banned in the UK: Pit Bull Terrier, Japanese Tosa, Dogo Argentino and Fila Brasileiro.
Others agreed that breeders should be held accountable, but those who own Pugs or French Bulldogs had other thoughts. Sarah Lloyd wrote: “I have a four year old pug who is part of our family. She was purchased from an official registered breeder.
“It is ridiculous to ban the breed, especially when pugs are incredibly affectionate and harmless dogs. I agree that stricter rules need to be introduced around breeding dogs. is that no one would take my dog away from me easily.”
Tracey Mason added: “Irresponsible breeders should be banned for ALL BREEDS, not actual dogs. My adult pug has no health issues and is a truly wonderful companion and much loved family member. Pugs are such beautiful dogs and have been around for hundreds of years.”
“I have a rescue pug and he is my world. He has never been used for breeding and he is a beautiful, healthy boy. There should be breeding laws, I fully support so they won’t be on the hook… but banish them completely? So what are they going to do to eliminate them all? That’s absolutely not going to happen!” said Linzi Ann.
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She added: “I can’t believe anyone even thinks about it. These dogs are the most affectionate, loyal and secure dogs you can have with children and other pets.”
As Lyndsey Battey said, “I agree with better regulations on the breeding and sale of dogs. Inbreeding produces many health problems and deformities in all breeds, but often more serious in these breeds in particular.”
According to the government, a dog’s legal status is based “on its appearance, rather than its breed or name”. The RSPCA argues that dogs “should not be judged on their appearance” and have called for the policy to be changed. Currently, the police and council wardens have the power to remove a banned dog, even if it is not acting dangerously or there has been no complaint.