French Bulldogs are famous for their flat noses and big eyes. They also have wrinkled faces. But many Frenchie lovers are surprised to discover that the breed didn’t always look this way. It’s possible to breed French Bulldogs and other brachycephalic breeds with longer noses and wider nostrils, but sadly, many people don’t think that look is as “cute”Oder “trendy.”
Flat-faced dogs might look adorable, but they’re prone to many more health concerns than dogs with longer snouts. They can have breathing difficulties, infections, or other problems. The UK Kennel Club urges dog breeders to keep French Bulldogs’ exaggerated characteristics from now on.
Modifying the Frenchie Breed Standard
French Bulldogs with pinched nostrils and flat faces have been winning awards at dog shows for many years. This encourages others to purchase similar dogs. In an effort to promote healthier breeding, however, the UK Kennel Club revised the standard for Frenchies. This updated version stresses the importance of avoiding excessive features in these small dogs.
The risk of breathing problems is greatly reduced if a dog’s muzzle is at least 1/3 the length of their head. Of course, not all French Bulldogs have breathing problems, but with squished faces, they’re much more likely to than dogs with long snouts. French Bulldogs with longer noses can be created by breeding Frenchies with more healthy features.
“Certain health problems in French Bulldogs have been impacted by their huge increase in popularity, and we continue to be extremely concerned that exaggerations which are perceived to create a ‘cute’ look or sound, have gradually become seen as normal and even desirable,”Bill Lambert, Kennel Club’s health and welfare expert, stated that.
However, this change is only for the UK Kennel Club breed standard, so it doesn’t affect the American Kennel Club’s regulations. Experts remain positive that this is a good step in the right direction.
What will this do?
At first, the change might not have a significant impact. Only a tiny percentage of Frenchies in Britain are represented by French Bulldogs at dog shows. Experts think that the new regulations will have a major impact over the long-term.
French Bulldogs with longer noses at dog shows will increase the number of people who want similar dogs. Dog lovers love to watch these competitions and learn so much about the different dog breeds. Even though this will affect only a small number of dogs in the short-term, it will be beneficial for the entire breed over the long-term.
“We hope these amends send a strong message about the importance of ensuring that the puppy that you buy does not have exaggerated features,”Lambert.
Brachycephalic dogs can be cute just like any other breed of dog. But choosing a furry friend for your pet is more than just looking good. UK Kennel Club officials are hoping to encourage more breeders to focus on the health of their dogs rather than what’s trending. Dogs are not objects, but members of the family.