All caring guardians want the same thing for our dogs: a long, healthy and happy life. But even with excellent care, certain breeds will have you wandering to the vet rather than the dog park. While all “purebred” dogs are predisposed to genetic disorders that cause ailments and disabilities, one group stands out above the rest.
Dogs that have been bred (and typically inbred) to have the flat faces that the American Kennel Club and some social media influencers tout as desirable are afflicted with an awkward, debilitating, and sometimes fatal condition called brachycephalic syndrome. In short, it means they have a hard time breathing due to their disfigured snouts and narrowed airways. Far from being “normal,” the flat faces often associated with French Bulldogs, English Bulldogs, Pugs, Pekingese, Boston Terriers, Boxers, Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, Shih Tzus, and certain other breeds cause countless Health problems including sleep apnea and coughing, choking, choking, vomiting, rapid fatigue, collapse, fainting spells, dental problems, eye problems from deformed skulls, and laryngeal collapse caused by chronic stress on cartilage and stress on the heart from fighting for air.
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