Pugs and French bulldogs could be banned in UK as part of breeding crackdown

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Pugs and French bulldogs could be banned as part of a new crackdown on the breeding of ‘dangerous’ dogs. A pet charity has pledged to crack down on breeding that leads to health problems for dogs.

The Blue Cross says breeders are guilty of a “vicious circle of over-breeding”. It comes after an increase in the number of people buying dogs during the coronavirus lockdowns, reports Birmingham Live.

Becky Thwaites, public affairs manager at Blue Cross, told The Sun: “We have already started reaching out to MPs. Ultimately, Blue Cross is determined to see an end to the poor breeding of flat-faced dogs and is considering all legislative and non-legislative options to achieve this.” The animal charity believes the rise of ‘cute’ adverts on social media has led to an increase in demand, leading to a rise in cases of French bulldogs and pugs being diagnosed with health issues.

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Some French Bulldogs can be diagnosed with conditions such as pulmonary stenosis, where the dog has a 3/6 heart murmur, genetics of the breed. A total of 20% of dogs in the UK are now flat-faced breeds, the charity adds.

But the explosion in popularity has only exacerbated the poor breeding. Blue Cross veterinarians claim to have treated more than 5,000 brachycephalic animals in the past two years alone.

There are four dog breeds banned in the UK. They are the Pit Bull Terrier, the Japanese Tosa, the Dogo Argentino and the Fila Brasileiro. The government states that “Whether your dog is a prohibited type depends on its appearance, rather than its breed or name”.

The RSPCA argues that dogs “should not be judged on their appearance” and have called for the policy to be changed. If you have a forbidden dog, the police or the prefect can remove it, even if it is not acting dangerously or if there has been no complaint.

If the dog is in a public place, the police can confiscate the animal, but if it is in a private place, the police need a warrant.

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