Some time ago, popular dog breeds were compared to the same ones we know of today. It was surprising.
Sadly, throughout the last century, dog breeds have emphasized looks. That drive for the outward appearance has also augmented canine sickness while lowering pooch expectancy. The first one that came to mind was the still popular Boxer.
The obsession to breed for an ever shorter face has complicated things for this breed. It has also meant a slightly upturned muzzle. But that’s just on the outside. Physiological complications include temperature management problems. It means the dog has problems when it gets hotter outside.
Not being able to lower its body temperature as well makes the boxer less likely to be as active. Along with it, the boxer has been found to have one of the highest likelihoods of getting cancer when compared to other dogs.
Over a hundred years ago, the Dachshund had more proportioned extremities. Its neck was also more proportioned to the dog’s size. Nowadays, we see necks & backs have increased in size. The chest has also pushed forward.
Worse still, the legs have shortened dramatically. So much so that now there’s less clearance between the dog’s chest & ground. Not surprisingly, dachshunds are at the highest danger of intervertebral disc disease than any other breed. This could very easily lead to paralysis.
Furthermore, these ‘hot dog’-looking canines tend to exteriorize pathologies related to achondroplasia. They’re also high on the list for PRA (progressive retinal atrophy). In all, breeding for ever-shrinking legs comes with an ever-increasing host of problems.
Last but certainly not least, let’s turn now our attention to the English bulldog. They’re bound to suffer from just about any disease known to dogs. Not surprisingly, their average lifespan is just six and a quarter years.
Come to think of it, we’ve yet to see a completely healthy bulldog nowadays. What takes the proverbial cake for this breed is their unnatural inability to mate or birth without professional assistance. This is due to the dog’s disproportionately monstrous body parts.
In summary, lack of future foresight has enabled dog breed through the years to increase canine suffering for the sake of human vanity. Let’s not be the ones to add to it.