RVC Study reveals flat-faced dogs really are less healthy than other dogs

New research from the Royal Veterinary College (RVC) has revealed that flat-faced (brachycephalic) breeds are being more prone to many common and serious health issues associated with their body shape.

Until now, there has been limited reliable evidence on the wider general health of flat-faced dogs across the spread of common disorders compared to other dogs.

The latest research, led by the RVC’s VetCompass™ program, examined in detail the overall health of a random sample of 4,169 flat-faced dogs compared to 18,079 other types of dogs attending veterinary practices in the UK.

The popularity of many flat-faced dog breeds has risen dramatically in recent years. Dr. Dan O’Neill, Senior Lecturer at the RVC and author of the paper, said: ”I appeal to anyone thinking of buying a flat-faced puppy to listen to the message from The Brachycephalic Working Group which represents major UK breed clubs, charities, veterinary bodies, and universities: “Stop and think before buying a flat-faced dog.

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