In the world, there are about 450 dog breeds and some breeds are artificial breeds that have been developed by humans. After the banning of dogfighting in England in 1835 people had been into dog shows. And in these shows, the appearance of the dogs matters a lot and therefore many breeds had been trying to make the dogs look more attractive. But due to this, the health of animals had been affected, and that’s what had happened to French Bulldogs.
They have problems in breathing and thankfully there are some people out in the world who try to fix this problem. And one such wonderful person is this Veterinary assistant Chantal van Kruining from the Netherlands and she is very fond of French Bulldogs. “ Breed for Health. Not show” is her vision and she wished the change the way breeders think and to make them care more bout the health of these animals.
#1 These French Bulldogs have breathing problems
These dogs suffer from BOAS and therefore it’s difficult for them to breathe properly. Even when they have a light walk they tend to pant a lot sticking their tongue out and this condition is due to a malformation of the skull that has developed due to selective breeding. And because of this skull malfunction, the opening of their nostrils is too narrow. Apart from that the soft long palate and fairy narrow tracheas are also a problem for their breathing. And Chantal who loves these animals a lot wants to help them as they suffer a lot.
#5 She wishes to change how breeders, owners and the judges of the dog shows think and wants them to care more about the health of these animals
People think that it is due to their short muzzle but it’s not the case. But the short muzzles are only for aesthetic purposes and it was said that just from the length of it you can’t tell if they have problems in breathing on Hawbucks French bulldogs Chantal’s website. But it makes the risk high. The things could get better if the throat cavities and the trachea are wide enough, the tongue is not too long and thick and the nostrils are open.
Chantal stepped into the breeding world as it was unable for her to see these loving animals suffer and had seen that not much attention was given to their health by the breeders and therefore she had felt it’s important to change it. She researches and studying about genetics and abnormalities that happen in the breed. And she doesn’t claim that she knows all about them or breeding perfect dogs. But she feels that she’s on the correct path.
#8 She loves to see Frenchies being more athletic and run around without problems
She had shared about what kind of dog she and her team try to evolve from French Bulldog and Hawbucks French Bulldogs. Had said that they strive for a French bulldog that is a bit more athletic. And that a French bulldog how they were meant to be at the beginning of the breed’s development. They wish for a dog that can run around and play for a few hours without having problems and one that doesn’t make a sound while breathing in any situation.
#11 She keeps the tests she does in a way that the public can see as she wants to be transparent in this matter
She’s not at all happy with the fact that the breeders are secretive and don’t reveal information about the health of the breed. And also there are some people who think the abnormalities of these dogs as normal. Therefore she is to keep all the tests she does and their results on her website for public people to see. Also, she tells people to ask questions from her and that she’s ready to answer them.
#12 Here’s what people on the internet think about these dogs
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