Animal charity Mayhew has had seven French Bulldogs bought to the rescue centre in just one month. This shockingly high number follows the popularity of the breed and the medical requirements that they often have.
French Bulldogs are a brachycephalic breed, otherwise known as flat-faced breeds such as pugs and the different breeds of bulldogs. The dogs that they charity have received this month were handed in separately and are all between the ages of one and a half to four years old.
All of the dogs needed medical attention, with every single one of them being used for breeding in the past. Some also had chronic ear infections, skin conditions, dental problems and inverted tails. Most of the dogs needed treatments and surgery.
There has been a surge in popularity of flat-faced breeds in recent years, with The Kennel Club naming French Bulldogs as London’s favourite breed in 2017. Mayhew’s Head of Welfare, Zoe Edwards, said: “In the past year, five per cent of the 162 individual breeds Mayhew has dealt with have been brachycephalic. We’ve had more than five times as many [brachycephalic breeds] brought into us compared to the previous year.
“This goes to show the popularity and increase of brachycephalic pets that have been bred. The trend for dogs with special facial features has seen breeders increasingly focused on appearance over health.”
Head Vet, Dr Ursula Goetz spoke about flat-faced breeds saying: “If you are thinking of getting a dog that belongs to a breed that is brachycephalic, it is very important to do your research first, because these are breeds with special physiology that you should be aware of. At Mayhew we are here to assist and give you advice on the best course of action for your pet.”
When the dogs are medically cleared to be suitable for re-homing they will appear on the charity’s website here.