towards the end of English Bulldog and Cavalier King Charles Spaniel breeding

Since February 2022, the breeding of English Bulldogs and Cavalier King Charles Spaniels has been banned in Norway. In question ? The deplorable state of health of these breeds whose selection has been pushed to the extreme.

Purebred dogs are usually bred to each other in such a way as to maintain their distinctive characteristics. But the absence of crossbreeding, or inbreeding, makes the breeds weaker, because it retains their flaws. As a result, dogs of these breeds are more likely to develop health issues, as is the case with Cavalier King Charles Spaniels.

Illustration of the article: Norway: towards the end of the breeding of English Bulldogs and Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

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Moreover, some of the characteristics that one seeks to preserve, and even to amplify, are not always in favor of the health of the dog. This is particularly the case with the flattened face of English Bulldogs. Their airways become compressed and do not function properly.

English Bulldogs and Cavalier King Charles Spaniels suffer from serious health concerns

English Bulldogs and Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are two breeds that are victims of extreme selection. Their health problems are numerous: breathing difficulties, eye ailments, skin infections, weak hearts, and joint problems.

Illustration of the article: Norway: towards the end of the breeding of English Bulldogs and Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

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These breeds also have reproductive issues. Bulldogs usually have to go through artificial insemination to achieve offspring. And, when these puppies are born, many do not survive due to birth defects.

A 2016 study by researchers at a University of California (Davis’ Center for Companion Animal Health) showed that the life expectancy of English Bulldogs was only 6 years. Moreover, selection has led to such similarity between dogs that of the 102 canines studied, 80% were genetically closer than if they had been cousins.

Illustration of the article: Norway: towards the end of the breeding of English Bulldogs and Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

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“A systematic and organized betrayal of our four-legged friends”

Faced with the excesses of the selection of these breeds, the Norway took a historic decision in February: to ban their breeding. The NAPS (Norwegian Society for the Protection of Animals) welcomes this decision. “For many decades sick dogs were bred illegally. What is happening here is a systematic and organized betrayal of our four-legged friends. Today it was finally determined that this is a violation of the law”, said the NAPS in words reported by People.

Illustration of the article: Norway: towards the end of the breeding of English Bulldogs and Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

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The only breedings that will still be authorized are those aimed at making crosses to improve the health of English Bulldogs and Cavaliers King Charles.

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