We hope that Christmas was kind to you all and that it was the one day of 2016 that was not a disappointment.
For some of you, we’re sure you got a huge Christmas surprise in the form of an adorable new puppy, or the promise of a puppy somewhere in the near future.
A puppy for Christmas?! Basically the best present ever.
But despite the shock of the work that actually goes into looking after a puppy, there has been some alarming new information released on the downsides of a popular new dog breed that everyone is jumping at the bit to buy, which actually means your new dog’s life isn’t going to be as long or as pleasant as you’d expect.
As a result of decreasing household sizes, many people around the globe have been swept up in the craze of small dogs, particularly those with large heads like cute little French Bulldogs and pugs.
The allure of a small dog that won’t shed too much fur and will be able to sit comfortably in your lap is real, but the crossbreeds that are being sold on the market are struggling to survive.
Short, large-squishy-faced dogs are known as brachycephalic breeds, due to them having a short skull and ‘smushed’ face. However, this cute, scrunched-up look actually means they have a hard time breathing.
As explained by Professor Paul McGreevy, “In dogs with short skulls, the teeth get crowded and the soft palate tends to become too loose and floppy. The dog then struggles to acquire oxygen, and struggles to get rid of heat because it pants less efficiently.
“As for skin problems, the folds of facial skin can develop eczema, and the eyelid may roll onto the cornea, causing a great deal of pain and sometimes blindness.”
The breathing difficulties have been likened to living life breathing through a straw.
These genetic health problems mean such breeds are expected to live four years less than other breeds.
If you’ve already been gifted a cute little pug or Frenchie, don’t make a rash decision and do something stupid - your dog is still going to be the best darn companion you can get and will bless your life with hundreds of days where you wake up to have him/her bounding towards you like you’re the most precious thing in this world. Love it, take care of it and give it the best life you can.
But if you’re on the hunt for a dog in the near future, set your sights on another breed.