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Features September 2018 Issue

A Manmade Dog Illness

While impossibly cute, bulldogs often grow up with severe breathing difficulties that make their lives extremely uncomfortable. And this breed is becoming more and more popular.

A Manmade Dog Illness

Obstructive airway disease in brachycephalic dogs.

English bulldogs, French bulldogs, pugs, Boston terriers, boxers, Pekingese, Lhasa apsos, shih tzus, affenpinschers, Japanese chins, Cavalier King Charles spaniels. These are many, but not quite all, of the breeds considered brachycephalic, meaning they have pushed-in faces. And people love them. Their impossibly adorable big eyes, flat noses, and heads that are often large in relation to the rest of their bodies are the very qualities that draw us to infants, and we want to hug these dogs up. Indeed, the French bulldog and the English bulldog are numbers 4 and 5, respectively, on the list of the most popular breeds in America.

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