Two dog breeds outlawed in Norway
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The Oslo District Court has decided to ban the breeding of English Bulldogs and Royal Spaniels. According to a court decision, their breeding in the country is contrary to the Norwegian law on the protection of animals. This decision was proposed by a group of local animal rights activists. The reason was given to the diseases that these animals are subject to due to selection.
“Man-made health problems in bulldogs have been known since the beginning of the 20th century. The court should have delivered such a verdict much earlier”,– animal rights activist Eshild Roldset stressed, adding that this is a historic decision. Before making a decision to ban the breeding of these breeds, the court consulted with a veterinarian and a geneticist. At the same time, it is noted that the ban will not apply to breeding cases, during which try “scientifically sound” eliminate their health problems.
English Bulldogs and Royal Spaniels have received many health problems as a result of selection. Bulldogs are prone to breathing problems due to their wide skull and short muzzle. Often, representatives of this breed even require surgical intervention. British Bulldogs are also prone to eye diseases and infections in the folds of the skin.
Royal Spaniels often have problems with the heart, eyes and joints. The most common complication is mitral valve prolapse. The second place is occupied by the Arnold-Chiari syndrome, which leads to severe pain in the cervical spine. The episodic fall syndrome is more complicated. Pets that have inherited this neurological pathology have similar habits to animals that have sustained a spinal injury. Also, animals often suffer from dry keratoconjunctivitis and frizzy coat syndrome.
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