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A breeder in the Netherlands has been working to make French Bulldogs “healthier”.
It’s no secret that French Bulldogs evolved with some pretty health problems.
Years of breeding selection have resulted in malformations of the skull that lead to breathing difficulties that can lead to death if improperly handled.
The breed also has difficulty regulating body temperature efficiently because of this and their only short coat.
However, a breeder in the Netherlands has worked to make the French Bulldog a “healthier” breed.
The Hawbucks French Bulldogs motto is “We Breed for Health, Not the Show” which helps them create the best French Bulldog possible through “time, effort, thought, doubt, idealism, frustration and hope”.
The dog on the left is an award-winning show dog named Arnie at AKC French Bulldog. The dog on the right is Flint, bred in the Netherlands by Hawbucks French Bulldogs – a breeder trying to establish a new, healthier template for French Bulldogs pic.twitter.com/5pCW3gkdIS
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On their website the breeder says: “It is not normal for a dog to be unable to do what it likes best because of its build.
“It’s not normal for a dog to be kept calm outside when it’s over 20 degrees. It’s not ‘cute’ if a dog can’t breathe without making noise.
“A French bulldog is first and foremost a dog. A dog should move freely and not be restrained by its body. A dog is at its best when it is not hampered by physical limitations.”
It is run by Chantal and Krijn van Kruining, who fell in love with the breed after moving a six year old French named Quinta.
Owning Quinta alerted the couple to the suffering of the species. which resulted in the couple researching and producing a Frenchie that has a longer neck and nose.
For this reason I am a big fan of the French Bulldogs “Hawbucks Kennel”.
Another slightly short snout, but they can still run and play without overheating too quickly. pic.twitter.com/MYxN0YudjM
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They say it’s not the most perfect iteration of a French Bulldog and admit that there are still some health abnormalities, but they believe they are on the right track.
“We don’t pretend to know everything,” they write.
“The only thing we can do is promise that we will do our best to breed healthy French Bulldogs. That is our claim. We can hope for that.”
Do you think the breed needs to be changed?
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