Breeding certain pedigree dogs ‘should be banned’

Published Date: 12/12/2013 17:43:05

Breeding certain types of pedigree dogs should be banned because it saddles the animals with lifelong health problems, according to a large portion of vets. 

Research from the Royal Veterinary College found that one-fifth of vets are of the opinion that it is cruel to breed “brachycephalic” animals, and the practice should be stopped altogether. 

Another third of the vets polled said that a ban should be introduced unless significant health improvements are observed in the animals over the next decades, and others suggested mating them with other breeds in an effort to reduce health problems. 

These types of canines are known to suffer from a whole host of health issues, including breathing issues, and difficulties with their eyes, skin and teeth. 

While no breeds were specifically referred to in the poll, pugs, Pekingese, Shih Tzu, boxer, bulldog, Boston terrier and Cavalier King Charles spaniel are all known to be breeds that often suffer from such health problems.

No matter what type of breed of dog an owner has, it is imperative they secure a pet insurance policy to help look after them.