The British Veterinary Association is urging people not to buy ‘flat-faced’ dogs, in a bid to put an end to the breed once and for all.


The number of people buying flat-faced dogs, or Brachycephalic breeds as they are known as, has grown significantly in recent years, and vets are concerned about the rising trend.


Flat-faced dogs, such as British and French bulldogs, pugs and cavalier Kind Charles spaniels, are prone to breathing difficulties and spine abnormalities, and are urging potential dog owners to reconsider buying them.



“Vets are seeing concerning trends in dog health and welfare because of the rise in ownership of brachycephalic breeds,” Sean Wensley, President of the British Veterinary Association told ITV News.


"Prospective dog owners need to consider that these dogs can suffer a range of health issues throughout their lives from eye ulcers to painful spine abnormalities and severe breathing difficulties that can result in otherwise preventable surgery."



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