Flat-faced dog breeds cost twice as much in veterinary bills and average more annual vet visits than other breeds, according to an Australian survey of five years of pet insurance claims.
This makes the idea of buying a pet quite useless, don’t you think? I understand that some people want a particular breed of dog, and I don’t condemn that. That said, if you really want to gift pets, please consider adopting instead of buying.
The Dandie Dinmont terrier has become a forgotten breed over the last 40 years, with owners preferring designer dogs like cockerpoos, labradoodles and French bulldog.
Bella's three-year ordeal left her riddled with mange (Image: Kennel Club/Francesca Sharp)Much-loved Bella as only reunited with her pining owner after being dumped on the streets having been treated abominably by unscrupulous breeders looking for fat profits.
A study by the University of Sydney has found that Labradors of certain colours have shorter life expectancies, and also suffer from more health problems. Breeders targeting this colour may therefore be more likely to breed only Labradors carrying the chocolate coat gene.