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Much has been made recently about the Bulldog, French Bulldog, Pug and other brachycaphalic breeds and their ability to breathe. Many vets are now so anti Bulldog it's not unusual for people to take their dog to the vet for the first time and be scared stupid into sending it back, so here's our take on it.
First up, no one is denying that flat faced breeds of dog "can" have breathing problems, over the past half century we've watch it get so bad no one batted an eyelid; to improved to the point that hearing a bad breather came as a shock. Sadly, just at the point when breeders that care about health had finally got things moving in the right direction the breed became popular. As soon as that happens people begin to breed soley on the back of being able to demand 2 grand a pup. As we steadily watched the number of registered litters double, triple and now more than quadruple what it was we also began to see health problems creeping back in. The Breed Council have been amazing - working very closely with the kennel club to bring in many health tests and trying very hard to educate the public on where to find a puppy to buy. But since when did anyone listen to advice? Buying a pup from an advert on GumTree from 2 pet quality parents used to be the only thing we had to worry about - then came the relax in the quarantine laws and suddenly the imports began, then the illegal imports on pups often 2 weeks younger than stated on their paperwork, then someone realised that Black bulldogs were considered undesirable and delcared them rare! Soon after followed Blue, Lilac and Merle - Merle being the only colour the KC refused to register (see below). The registered litters are now only the tip of the iceburg and with the lack of knowledge and need to make money off of fad colours and pet quality pups the health began to suffer.
Does that mean the dog is suffering though? Is there a difference between a noisy breather? and a dog that actually cannot breathe at all? Well we think there is. Many vets will have you beleive that the snoring is a sign of suffering - well my husband snores does that mean he should be banned? I've seen hundreds of bulldogs, some make a noise, most don't, nearly all of them snore BUT I've seen dogs who's throats don't close up just because they are noisy breathers too. No one wants a living creature to suffer, if the dog cannot be a dog and has a compromised quality of life then of course we should consider the future of that dog - but as a breed?
We are very concerned that because the media are so intent on telling the world all bulldogs can't breath, owners of dogs who really can't breathe have no idea their dog is suffering at all and susbsquently are not getting the medical treatment they need. Others are having expensive and life threatening surgery done on dogs that don't need it simply because it's a bulldog.
If your dog regularly goes blue, makes breath sounds that are more like someone having an asthma attack or regurgitates food - you may well want to look at surgery. If there's a lot of noise but the dog is still able to run about, play, eat and be happy in itself - OK not ideal but certainly not suffering. If your bulldog is more like a whippet on speed - then - well, sorry about that, you probably didn't want a dog with hours worth of energy which is probably why you went for a bulldog in the first place.
Over the past few years there has been an increase in the number of bulldogs classified "unrecognised colours"
Unfortunately it has now become a serious problem in our breed. There are many out there whos will breed for "colour" over everything else and sell the pups for thousands and thousands of pounds (as much as £20,000). These dogs are being exploited on every level, from their poor breeding to their over priced sale to the homes they end up in. These dogs are now making their way into rescues.
This link to the Breed Council leaflet defines what is considered "unrecognised": http://www.bulldogbreedcouncil.co.uk/uploads/1/6/7/9/16793936/colours_not_reconised__2_.pdf
Here's what the Kennel Club have to say on the matter: https://www.thekennelclub.org.uk/press-releases/2017/july/kennel-club-addresses-issue-of-unrecognised-colour-registrations-in-pedigree-dogs/
The breed standard (see below) recognises the Bulldog colours to be
with variing degrees of white. Colours such as Black and White, Black, Tan and White, Blue and more recently Lilac are considered "highly undesirable" and have been considered so since the very first breed standard was written in the late 1800s. Dog of undesirable colours were given away as pets, were never allowed into breeding programmes and subsquently were indeed "rare". Until someone realised that the word "rare" meant you could ask for more money and now we are becoming over-run with badly bred bulldogs, who's breeders are only interested in colour over all other aspects of the dog - including temperament and health - which they can then sell for anything upto £20,000 a puppy.
Depends who you ask? But from our point of view there is only one type of "Bulldog". Sometimes known as the British Bulldog - the Americans call him the "English" bulldog. Over the years, alongside the huge amounts of bad press our breed has suffered; many "crosses" have been introduced in an effort to breed a "healthy" bulldog. To be perfectly honest - all you need to mate in order to acheive a healthy bulldog are two healthy bulldogs. As a result we are still the only breed (with the exception of the French Bulldog) that the UK Kennel Club will recognise. Below of a list of "alternative" Bulldogs - none of which are (in our opinion) true bulldogs:
If you are unsure about which type of bulldog you have please check the pedigree, if the associated Kennel Club is based in Clarges Street, London then you have the true bulldog. All the others are unrecognised and considered "crosses"
One of Britain’s oldest indigenous breeds, the Bulldog is known as the National dog of Great Britain and is associated throughout the world with British determination and the legendary John Bull. The Bulldog was first classified as such in the 1630s, though there is earlier mention of similar types referred to as bandogs, a term reserved today for a type of fighting dog. Used originally for bull-baiting, the Bulldog also fought its way through the dog pits, but after 1835 it began to evolve into the shorter-faced, more squat version we know today. It entered the show ring in 1860 and the ensuing years saw a big personality change.
The pugilistic expression of this delightfully ugly dog belies his loving, affectionate nature to family and friends. He has a reputation for tenacity and is very courageous, strong and powerful. Although he is a little bit stubborn by nature, he is good-tempered with children, of whom he is also very protective. The impression he gives of being slow and sluggish is completely contradicted by the great bursts of speed that he can and does produce when the occasion demands. His mood can be dignified, humorous or comical, and he has many endearing ways.
The Bulldog, is not recognised in any colour not listed in the breed standard by the Kennel Club. For example Tri/ Black and White /Black /Blue/Lilac /Chocolate are all marked on their Pedigree as Unrecognised Colours.
The Kennel Club refuses to register Merle in this breed as it is known to have proven health issues.
Unethical Breeders are promoting these colours as ‘RARE’ Don’t be fooled into purchasing one of these puppies and paying outrageously high prices.