By Kathryn Clark
Newly published research has revealed that 93 per cent of owners of brachycephalic dogs would want to own the same breed again, and two-thirds would recommend their breed to other potential owners.
The findings appear to suggest that while owners may initially be attracted to flat-faced breeds by their physical appearance, the character of the dogs could be playing a key role in their continuing popularity, despite the well-recognised health issues associated with these breeds.
The study, which has been published in PLoS One, was led by researchers at the Royal Veterinary College (RVC) in collaboration with the University of Edinburgh and Nottingham Trent University. It examined ‘breed loyalty’ among owners of brachycephalic breeds, asking 789 pug owners, 741 French bulldog owners and 638 bulldog owners whether they would reacquire the same breed and their reasons for wishing to do so. Owners were also asked whether...