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The Surprising Dark Side of These Popular Dog Breeds

These dogs come with a long list of innate diseases, including breathing difficulties, eye problems and the need for C-section delivery of litters.

flat face dog breeds and health issues

STORY AT-A-GLANCE

  • A recent study out of Hungary discusses the huge popularity of flat-faced (brachycephalic) dog breeds, despite their numerous significant innate diseases
  • The researchers learned that the dogs’ enormous appeal isn’t necessarily associated with their tendency to make eye contact with their humans; they also learned that most flat-faced dog fans are well aware of their many health challenges
  • A significant discovery from the study was the tendency of owners of these dogs to normalize their pet’s health conditions, such as breathing difficulties
  • A 2012 study found a similar phenomenon — pet parents of brachy dogs tend to minimize/normalize their health struggles

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