Pugs Not Considered ‘Typical’ Dog Breed from Health Perspective, New Study Finds

Pugs are no longer thought of as “typical”

dogs because of their own health issues as per a new study published in the Journal of Canine Medicine and Genetics.On Wednesday researchers of Researchers from the Royal Veterinary College (RVC) discovered that breeding pugs to have their distinctive “flat-faced” appearance has caused grave health issues for the breed of dog.

The study examined 4308 pugs as well as 21,835 dogs from other breeds within the United Kingdom and reported pugs had a higher risk of developing 23 conditions that included lower respiratory tract disorders and upper respiratory tract disorders abdominal disease, as well as brain disorders. A total of seventeen percent of the pugs are overweight, compared to 7 percent of other breeds.

While they are extremely loved as pets, we are now aware that a variety of serious health problems have been linked to the disproportionate body shape that pugs have that people find adorable,” Dr. Dan O’Neill is Associate Professor at the RVC and the study’s lead writer, said in a statement. “It is time now that we focus on the health of the dog rather than the whims of the owner when we are choosing what type of dog to own.”

“This study clearly demonstrates

how it is the extreme characteristics many owners find so appealing, such as squashed faces, big eyes, and curly tails, which are seriously compromising pugs’ health and welfare and often result in a lifetime of suffering,” said Justine Shotton, president of the British Veterinary Association. “While these extreme, unhealthy characteristics remain, we will continue to strongly recommend potential owners do not buy brachycephalic breeds such as pugs.”

Pugs have been gaining popularity in recent years, and there was a five-fold rise on Kennel Club registrations of pugs between 2005 and 2017, according to BBC. According to the American Kennel Club (AKC) currently ranks pugs in the top 28 most loved breed of dog out of the 204 recognized AKC breeds.

The pug was saved by her brother, who had the condition , but only on one leg and then contacted Oliver and Friends, which is familiar with taking care of pets who have special needs, to assistance.

“Without surgery, she will never walk, run, or play like a normal dog,” Oliver and Friends wrote in a post on Facebook in which they introduced Mila the 16th of May, and compare the pug to an animal named Milo which is a dog with similar conditions that the rescue had previously helped.

If you’ve followed us with Milo,

you know how necessary this is for a normal life. Milo did incredible and we have no doubts (though always anxiety, as with any animal facing major surgery) Mila will do incredible too. After all, she’s got Milo to cheer her on!” The post went on.After the tragic loss of Mila Many people expressed their condolences for Oliver and Friends staff on social media. Oliver and Friends staff on social media.

“Oh guys, I’m so sorry. You did everything you could. She was very loved. Thank you for giving her a chance,” one Facebook user wrote. Poodle German Shepherd Mix Another added “Absolutely heartbreaking! RRIP Mila” Run free, young girl! Run for free prayers for all of your amazing volunteers.

“Although hugely popular as pets, we now know that several severe health issues are linked to the extreme body shape of pugs that many humans find so cute,” Dr. Dan O’Neill, an associate professor at the RVC and the study’s lead writer, said in a statement. “It is time now that we focus on the health of the dog rather than the whims of the owner when we are choosing what type of dog to own.”

“This study clearly demonstrates
how it is the extreme characteristics many owners find so appealing, such as squashed faces, big eyes, and curly tails, which are seriously compromising pugs’ health and welfare and often result in a lifetime of suffering,” said Justine Shotton, president of the British Veterinary Association.
 “While these extreme, unhealthy characteristics remain, we will continue to strongly recommend potential owners do not buy brachycephalic breeds such as pugs.”

Pugs have grown in popularity in recent years, and there was a five-fold rise on Kennel Club registrations of pugs between 2005 and 2017, as per BBC. According to the American Kennel Club (AKC) currently ranks pugs in the top 28 most-loved dog breed among the 204 breeds recognized by the AKC.

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