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.
Sunny and his buddies are still No. 1!The most popular dog breed in the country for the 28th straight year is the Labrador, just like TODAY's own puppy with a purpose, according to the American Kennel Club.
French bulldogs have become the UK's top dogs over the past decade but more need rescuing (Image: GETTY) RSPCA dog welfare expert Lisa Hens said today: “We know that the breeds of dog coming into our care often reflect the trends in dog ownership in the wider world and, at the moment, it doesn’t get more trendy than ‘designer’ dogs like French bulldogs and dachshunds.
It would be very sad to no longer see this historic and much-loved breed in our streets and parks in a few generations’ time.” President George W Bush carries his dog Barney as First Lady Laura Bush holds Miss Beazley (Image: GETTY) Scottie dog is a popular Monopoly playing piece (Image: GETTY) As breeds such as Scotties cause concerns over their continuing decline in popularity, the rise of the French bulldog has created its own worries.
New figures from the British Veterinary Association (BVA) show only 10 per cent of owners recognised their short-muzzled dog’s breed-related health problems, while 75 per cent were unaware potential issues even existed.