Breeding two dog breeds is now banned in Norway

Norway signs the end of English bulldog and cavalier king charles breeding on its territory. This new measure aims to prevent the development of inbreeding and hereditary diseases in these two dog breeds.

– With AFP

One has a very small skull, the other a very flat muzzle… Because the characteristics that make them so endearing are also the cause of their torment, Norway has taken the unprecedented decision to ban the breeding of two breeds of dogs.

When inbreeding and aesthetics take precedence over animal welfare

In a resounding judgment, the Oslo court banned the breeding of English bulldogs and cavalier king charles spaniels on the grounds that the practice inflicts on them suffering incompatible with animal protection law. Hailed by animal rights activists and criticized by breeders, the verdict is set against the backdrop of a growing debate on the planet: the search for “cuteness“for pets is it at the expense of their well-being?”Many of our herding breeds are highly inbred and carry a heavy burden in terms of disease.“, explains to AFP Åshild Roaldset, president of the Norwegian Society for the Humanization of Animals, behind the legal action against canine societies and individual breeders.”We need to change the way we raise dogs. The way we did it might have been good 50 years ago, but it’s not now“, she says. By inbreeding, the two races have developed hereditary diseases that affect most, if not all, individuals. The list is long. associated with the English resistance spirit during the Second World War, the bulldog accumulates breathing difficulties due to its flattened snout, but also dermatological, reproductive and orthopedic problems.

Difficult births due to hereditary diseases

More than half of these mastiffs born in the last ten years in Norway were born by caesarean section. 🇧🇷The breed’s genetic inability to give birth naturally is itself a reason why the Bulldog is no longer used in breeding.“, considered the judges. As for the Cavalier King Charles – who won the hearts of many personalities such as Louis XIV, Ronald Reagan and Sylvester Stallone in history – his constitution makes them often subject to headaches because of a skull, heart failure or even eye problems. For Roaldset, the lack of genetic diversity on a global scale is driving these breeds directly to extinction.”And it will be painful for them because they will have more and more diseases“, she says.

A risk of increasing undocumented dogs in the country

Having been the subject of an appeal, the sentence handed down on January 31 does not yet have the force of law, but it sowed astonishment among professionals. 🇧🇷It says dogs are born with headaches. I do not believe“said Lise Gran-Henriksen, a breeder for 25 years, watching half a dozen of her Cavalier King Charles Spaniels playing on the ice outside her home in Oslo.”If so, they wouldn’t be so happy. They are happy dogs that roam and look healthy – because they are.“, ensures. Overall, professionals do not question the “challenges” that the two breeds face, but believe that they can be overcome by practicing selective breeding with animals that have passed several tests. the judgment does not prohibit the possession, sale or importation of Bulldogs and Cavaliers, only their breeding. Strolling her bulldog Oscar in a park in Oslo, Anne Grethe Holen therefore fears the influx of ‘undocumented dogs’ from ‘puppy factories’ abroad.”Demand won’t dry up, but the dogs sold will get much sicker.“, she predicted.”They will not be subject to any veterinary requirements and nothing will be known about their lineage.“.For the Humane Society, the salvation of the two races depends on their interbreeding with other species to erase their genetic weaknesses.”If the Cavalier ends up with a slightly more spacious skull to house his brain, he will remain the cutest dog in the world.“, believes Mrs. Roaldset.”And if the bulldog is less wrinkled, with a slightly longer snout and a more robust skeleton, it won’t make him a horrible dog and will still be a bulldog.🇧🇷

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