French bulldogs and terriers may also be banned from breeding flat-faced dogs in Norway, as do the English bulldog and King Charles’ Spanish Knight.
Dr. Scott Miller A veterinarian told The Morning Show that the Oslo District Court has banned the breeding of English Bulldogs and Cavalier King Charles Spaniels. The court based its decision on the fact that breeding dogs with cerebral palsy results in cruelty and man-made health problems for dogs, in violation of the Norwegian Animal Welfare Act.
The case was taken to court by the Norwegian Animal Welfare group, which described the decision as a “victory for our dogs”.
Dr. Miller, who has been practicing as a veterinarian for more than 20 years, said he was “concerned” about the health consequences of breeding flat-faced dogs. Following the example of the English bulldog, he said that these animals have very narrow nostrils and “almost have no noses.” This means that the structures in their nasal passages are pushed back and have an elongated and soft palate. “Which means they have a hard time getting air, they have a high temperature, they also have arthritis because of their physique, and they are prone to being overweight because they can’t be walked on much,” he said.
He added: “King Charles Spaniels have an abnormal head shape, which is a problem for animals because this head shape can put pressure on the brainstem, which can lead to a neurological condition, syringomyelia.” Syringomyelia occurs when an abnormal buildup of fluid forms where a dog’s skull attaches to the spine, causing severe pain in the animal’s neck and back.
“These diseases are caused by breeding regulations,” Dr. Miller said.
“Every kennel club has a responsibility to set these breeding standards, plus these standards have become so unnatural that they lead to dogs suffering. These animals experience pain and discomfort, and in many cases need surgical correction to lead a normal life.” .
Dermot O’LearyAsked by the presenter if other dog breeds could be subject to similar bans in the country, Dr. Miller said other flat-nosed breeds such as French bulldogs and pugs could soon be covered by law. These dogs were bred “to try to make dogs look like humans,” he said.
“In addition to having to look a certain way, it is also important to be healthy. With this breeding, we are causing them problems they absolutely do not deserve.”
However, Dr Miller warned against a similar ban in the UK, arguing that the Norwegian decision might unfortunately encourage illegal animal breeding and exacerbate the current situation. Instead, he advised the government “to work with dog breeders and kennel clubs to try to keep their beloved dog breeds healthy.”
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