While adorable and very lovable, French Bulldogs bred today are facing increasing health risks due to lack of genetic variation that comes with inbreeding. Researchers reported on December 16, 2021 in the journal Canine Medicine and Genetics, that French bulldogs have significantly higher odds than other dog breeds to be diagnosed with 20 canine disorders and illnesses. Unfortunately these higher odds are much higher than other dog breeds. For instance, French bulldogs are 42 times more likely to have narrowed nostrils, 30 times more likely to suffer from obstructed airways, 14 times more likely to have ear discharge, 11 times more likely to have skinfold dermatitis, 9 times more likely to have birthing difficulties due to their pelvis shape, 3 times more likely to have respiratory tract and spinal cord disorders, 2 times more likely to have brain disorders, and 2 times more likely to have reproductive disorders. It is of little debate that these bulldogs are incredibly cute, but the demand and popularity of the breed requires breeders to heavily inbreed, leading to many detrimental health effects for the French bulldogs.
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