The Brachycephaly Clinic at the Royal Veterinary College’s Queen Mother Hospital of Animals in Hertfordshire is being launched next Wednesday. The clinic deals with dogs that have rounded heads and short muzzles created through selective breeding which can often suffer chronic, multiple health problems because this sort of selective breeding distorts anatomy.
Such breeds often suffer from breathing difficulties brought about because of excessive flesh inside their mouths. They might also have problems with hearing and smell caused by their shrunken skulls and skin problems.
This brings to mind the Persian cat. I’m referring to the ultra-Persian or modern Persian with the flat face and a round head. They too can have breathing and tear duct problems causing poor drainage from the eyes.
Apparently, figures from the Royal Veterinary College show a ten fold increase in the number of newborn pugs and French bulldogs over the preceding 13 years.
High-profile owners have triggered this fad. I’m referring to people such as the Beckhams and Kelly Brook, for example. Kelly Brook has a pug. The dog is tiny and she dresses him/her up in fancy clothes and carries her around.
Many dealers over-breed the dogs to accentuate the features – does this remind you of some cat breeds? – and many buyers often overlook the conditions under which they are bred and ignore the selective breeding process and end up with dogs which develop chronic health problems.
This is the modern culture. About 7 years ago I wrote about Paris Hilton who probably started the idea of handbag dogs and cats – she acquired a dwarf cat. People celebrities like to carry around dog celebrities and because you can’t carry around cats in a handbag on your shopping sprees they have to be content with celebrity cats on the internet, in videos. But even that has developed whereby celebrity cats such as Grumpy Cat are involved with making films and making appearances for photographs in exactly the same way that a human celebrity does. It’s the modern culture; the modern world.