The new research that looked at domestic cats' DNA identified signs of disease more common in pedigree breeds than experts previously thought.
The poor pooch is now hoping to find a place to call home after being taken in by South East Dog Rescue (SEDR).Kymm White, founder of the Kent based non-profit organisation, said: "Buster was a well-loved family member, but the lady caring for him was too poorly to walk him.
Oh no (Picture: SSPCA)Microchips from the poor pup who died matched the chips from the rescued three, and it’s suspected they were abandoned by a dodgy breeder after it was discovered the virus was a risk.
A former pet industry worker sparked debate by warning people not to adopt five unexpected dog breeds in a video which amassed seven million views.Many took to the comments to defend their dog breed while others agreed with her controversial opinions.
Dr O’Neill continued: ‘What is most concerning is that so many of the health conditions that English Bulldogs suffer from, such as skin fold dermatitis and breathing problems, are directly linked to the extreme structure of their bodies that has been selectively bred for.
A study by the Royal Veterinary College found that distinctive features of English bulldogs such as their flat faces, protruding lower jaws and folds of skin contribute to them being twice as likely as other breeds to have health problems and substantially shorter lives.
Now the summer breeding season is here, animal welfare groups report a huge influx of lost, stray or abandoned ferrets, often pregnant jills (females) whose owners can’t cope with extra kits, or hobs (males) who have marshalled their notorious escapology skills to go in search of a mate.
Yet new breeds of dogs are introduced each year.All dogs derive from a one-time domestication event – a single wolf that became a companion animal.That’s probably how most of our dog breeds came about: humans controlling based on qualities we want or find pleasing.
Custard Cream was in a terrible state with overgrown matted fur (Image: HOPE RESCUE) Rescuers even feared for the life of the pooch and her unborn pup (Image: HOPE RESCUE)Ms Rosser said: “You never know what you’re walking into when you’re asked to come and collect dogs but the conditions we came up against during this rescue were absolutely terrible and unacceptable.
Dr Elinor Karlsson of the University of Massachusetts Umass Chan medical school, a co-author of the study, said research revealed a huge diversity of behaviours within each breed.“Even if the average is different, you’ve still got a really good chance of getting a dog that doesn’t match what people say that breed is supposed to be,” she said.
Bill Lambert, Health, of The Kennel Club, said: ‘This new tool, funded in part by The Kennel Club Charitable Trust VetCompass grant, helps us understand and determine more accurately a dog’s life expectancy given different factors throughout their lives, instead of just based on historic breed estimates.
Ian Scarrott, a running coach and personal trainer at PureGym, says: ‘Like anything in life, exercise can become monotonous, so it is important to try new routes, vary types of sessions, time your run, and of course, if you have a pet that is able to run with you, make it more fun for them and you.
Couples living in apartments with no garden have been warned about 10 cute dogs they should not buy (Image: Getty) Weighing up to 180 lbs, Saint Bernards are not suited to living in close confines (Image: Getty)Springer Spaniels are also highly energetic and tend to run around indoors to keep themselves amused, meaning they are likely to cause damage to a smaller living space.
Why does it matter what my tail looks like?” Simons is under no illusions about his profession: “People say, ‘I’ve booked him in for a treat, for a spa day,’ but dogs don’t want to be here.
Dog thieves are reportedly targeting bulldogs, as pet thefts have surged (Image: Getty) A total of 215 dogs were stolen in Merseyside between January 2017 and December 2021 (Image: Getty)One incident, which took place in November 2021, saw masked men break into a family home in Fazakerly in Merseyside and steal seven French bulldog puppies.
But the traditional French bulldog isn’t the worst example - vets have warned that these dodgy dog breeders are creating animals with even worse health outcomes.The breeders create unique breeds of dog (Image: Getty).
Flat-faced dogs such as pugs often suffer from a host of health complications (Picture: Getty Images/iStockphoto)French bulldogs and pugs could be banned in the UK after a pet charity vowed to fight a ‘vicious cycle of over-breeding’.