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By Diane Jessup
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Animal Companion

Meet the Breeds 4-Buyer Beware the French bulldog Fad

 

September 25, 2019

Contributed: Diane Jessup

THE WAY WE WERE: The French bulldog used to have a muzzle adequate to breathe properly, as shown in this picture of the breed from the turn of the 20th century.

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The French bulldog is everywhere these days-TV commercials, movies, YouTube videos, and swaggering down suburban sidewalks. With their wonderful personalities and "cute" faces, they are hard to resist, but while all dogs should be purchased after careful research, none present the owner with more possible pitfalls than the Frenchy. Here are the issues:

Ethics

Your first consideration should be one of ethics; do you want to contribute to the production of dogs which more often than not struggle their whole lives to draw a normal breath? Is "cute" more important that "healthy"? Will listening to your dog wheeze and struggle for breath in hot weather bother your conscience? Resea...



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