Dutch criteria for breeding short-nosed dogs

The Expertise Centre Genetics of Companion Animals (ECGG) of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine of Utrecht University has developed criteria for breeding short-nosed dogs on behalf of the Dutch Minister of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality. These criteria help Authorities and the National Animal Protection Inspectorate to better enforce the existing Dutch legislation.

Breeding selection of brachycephalic breeds has led to an extreme malformation of the dog skull and muzzle, which limits the natural behaviour of these dogs. Choosing breeding dogs with only mild malformations can improve the welfare of the offspring. The report “Breeding with short-nosed dogs” by the ECGG outlines several criteria that can help vets and breeders select healthy parent animals. The report is available in Dutch, English and German language.


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