The future of the British bulldog is under threat as the Dutch Kennel Club is the first to ban puppies from registration after the introduction of new breeding laws
- The Dutch Kennel Club has banned the registration of new bulldog puppies
- The ban comes after the government restricts breeding of broad-skull dogs
- Dogs with a wide skull can suffer from breathing, their eyes and spines
- Some think the ban will force breeding underground with worse consequences
The Dutch Kennel Club is the first international kennel club to ban the registration of new bulldog puppies.
The kennel starts to move after the Dutch government has introduced new laws that restrict the breeding of dogs with a wide skull that can suffer from breathing, their eyes and spines.
Often seen as a symbol of Britain’s fighting spirit, the British bulldog is one of 12 on the list of the flat-faced banned breed kennel.
Other puppies that should not be registered include the Pug, Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Boston Terrier, French Bulldog, Pekingese, Japanese Chin, Shih Tzu, Griffon Bruxellois, Griffon Belge, Petit Brabantancon and Affenpinscher, also known as ape terrier.
Often seen as a symbol of Britain’s fighting spirit, the British bulldog is one of 12 on the Dutch Kennel Club’s list of flat-faced banned breeds.
Only long-nosed dogs healthy enough to mate may be bred under the new laws of the Dutch government, De Telegraaf reported.
Otherwise, longer-muzzle dogs should be used to cross-breed with flat-faced dogs to reduce the dog’s health risks.
A BBC documentary, Pedigree Dogs Exposed, released in 2008, revealed a number of troubling health problems in flat-faced dogs, such as bulldogs with too large heads to give birth and skull-cavalier King Charles Spaniels too small for their own brains.
Animal rights organizations that support the ban include the Federation of European Veterinary Veterinary Associations that have campaigned in the European Parliament to ‘end the suffering of dogs and cats that develop serious health problems as a result of extreme breeding for exaggerated traits such as flat faces, skin folds, sloping backs and protruding eyes. ‘
But some experts are concerned that the ban will bring breeding underground, where breeders don’t have to follow healthy breeding rules.
Other puppies that should not be registered include the pug (shown left), Cavalier King Charles Spaniel (shown right), Boston Terrier, French bulldog, Pekingese, Japanese chin, shih tzu, Griffon Bruxellois, Griffon Belge, Petit Brabancon, and Affenpinscher , also known as monkey terrier.
Malcolm Presland, the chairman of the British Bulldog Breeding Council, told the Telegraph that legal breeding means that the club can improve the health of the bulldog.
He said, “Twenty years ago, you heard Bulldogs snoring at a champion dog show.
‘You don’t get that today through new standards.
But these are not good enough for Dutch people who want Bulldogs to be bred with smaller heads.
Outcrossing doesn’t work with Bulldogs.
You lose their sweet character, which makes them a popular family pet.
“The solution is more health improvements and responsible breeding.”
The head of the Health and Welfare Council also expressed concern that the ban would increase illegal trafficking of puppies.
He would prefer the solution to focus on collaboration with breeders such as Cambridge University’s partnership with the Animal Health Trust, which worked on breath tests for vets to check with flat dogs before they were used for breeding.