The Frenchie on the right was a Champion in Germany in 1914. This is what the breed originally looked like. The breed standard has changed drastically over the years which has brought so many health issues into the breed. Someone made a collage of the noses of all Frenchies showing at Westminster. These dogs are supposed to be the creme de la creme and the closest to the breed standard as one can possibly get. Yet every single one (!) of them had severely stenotic nares and muzzles were non existent. I understand this is what todays standard sadly calls for, but I just can’t wrap my head around the ‘why’. Why do people intentionally breed dogs without noses, with slits as nostrils and such short backs that no healthy spine could be cramped into such tiny body. (Hemivertebrae anyone?)
Dogs shouldn’t need surgery in order for them to breath and how many need the surgery but their owners aren’t even aware? Because constant snorring and grunting and panting after a 5 minute walk are normal for Frenchies, right?
Well, it’s not. I recommend everyone to do some research on BOAS and read up on the amazing research Cambridge university has been doing.
These health issues will take many generations to fully breed out and it takes very selective breeding. I am aware that lots of breeders don’t agree with me, and Im alright with that. My dogs are my world and I love this breed so much that my goal is to breed for the original standard that enabled Frenchies to be just as active, agile and healthy as any other dog. (Akiva is on the left of the picture; we’re getting there 😉). #frenchbulldog#frenchie#frenchiesofinstagram#brindlefrenchie#fawnfrenchie#backtotheroots#healthybulldog#gesundebulldoggen#rawfed#rawfeddog#holistic#holisticdog#ofautumnfrenchbulldogs
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