Vets Are Asking People To Stop Buying English Bulldogs; here is the reason why

Although adorable, the French bulldog is in great danger to his health.

English Bulldogs, or British Bulldogs, are adorable for their rugged yet tender aesthetics, soft fur with a wrinkled texture, as well as charming looks, among other characteristics that make them unique.

However, they are one of the trickiest breeds due to genetic modification. According to the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons of the United Kingdom (RCV), these dogs are “compromised” by a “high rate of problems related to their morphology”. As a result, specialists called for “urgent measures” to reduce the associated health problems reflected in their image.


Health Issues Faced By English Bulldogs

It is now well known that dogs belonging to the Pug breed have major genetic problems due to altered inbreeding. English Bulldogs are no exception.

The RVC’s VetCompass program compared the health of random samples of 2,662 English bulldogs and 22,039 dogs of other breeds, which found that the former were more than twice as likely to suffer from one or more disorders in a single year than the other breeds.


Specialists have pointed out that “the popularity of the English Bulldog has increased considerably in the UK over the last decade”.

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Among the major problems they detected in English Bulldogs were the following:

  • Dermatitis of skin folds.
  • Cherry eye (prolapsed gland of the eyelid).
  • Protruding lower jaw.
  • Brachycephalic airway obstruction syndrome (severe breathing problems related to the flat shape of the dog’s face).

The Origin of English Bulldogs

At first, the English bulldog breed was planted in England where it was very present in bullfights; however, his appearance was not what we know today, his head was small, he was not that sturdy, and his skin was smooth.


They were powerful and small dogs; in fact, in 1835 they were on the verge of extinction, and for this reason they were banned in dogfighting. The breed was saved.

In the same RCV study, veterinarians, in addition to pointing out the breed’s problems, also appealed to stop buying them, and above all, to love them for their natural image: “In the future, the Bulldog English should be recognized and loved for having a longer face, smaller head, and unwrinkled skin, representing a more moderate and healthy conformation.


Professor Dan O’Neill, the lead author of the research, said that “Every dog ​​deserves to be born with equal and good innate health by having a natural ability to breathe freely, blink fully, exercise easily, have healthy, flat skin, mate and to give birth.”

“In the case of breeds like the English Bulldog, where many dogs are still extremely conformable with little innate health, the public has a big role to play in demanding dogs of moderate conformation and healthier. Until then , prospective owners should consider this before purchasing a flat-faced dog,” he added.


The study was funded by the Kennel Club Charitable Trust, of which Bill Lambert, head of health, welfare and breeder services, is a member, who also called on the society to raise awareness about bulldogs: stop overthink aesthetics and focus on their health and well-being.

“A collaborative approach to solving these issues is crucial; we must continue to work with breeders, veterinarians and social welfare organizations to reduce and ultimately eliminate the health issues faced by brachycephalic (flat-faced) breeds, as well as reduce the mass demand for these dogs,” he determined.


English Bulldogs are a breed that has won human affection for their “cute” and “cuddly” appearance; however, the alterations they have suffered in their genetics over time are something alarming for the breed, which we must bear in mind.

In conclusion, the good advice is NOT TO BUY, BUT TO ADOPT… regardless of the breed. And if at some point you decide to take care of an English Bulldog, remember to love him for what he is, give him all the care he needs and deserves, and remember you know that it is a very delicate breed and that its health problems are very serious. , we can’t do much against the alterations they currently present but we can help them to have a better quality of life without demands or selfishness.


Article originally published in Cultura Colectiva in Spanish

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