French bulldogs and pugs could also face a ban on selective breeding of flat-faced dogs in Norway, TVIsaid Dr. Scott Miller.
The vet appeared on Morning show on Friday morning after the Oslo District Court banned the breeding of British bulldogs and Cavalier King Charles spaniels.
The court ruled that breeding brachycephalic (flat-faced) dogs is cruel and leads to human-made health problems, and violates Norwegian animal welfare law.
The case was taken to court by animal rights group Animal Protection Norway, which described the historic decision as “a victory for our dogs”.
Dr Miller, who has been a veterinarian for more than 20 years, said he had “great concerns” about the health outcomes of keeping brachycephalic dogs.
Taking the example of the British Bulldog, he said they have very narrow nostrils and “virtually no nose”. This means that the structures of their nasal passages are returned and they have an elongated soft palate.
“Which means they have trouble breathing, they overheat and also, because of their shape, they have arthritis and tend to be overweight because you can’t exercise them as much,” said he declared.
He added: “King Charles Spaniels have such an abnormally shaped head. This can actually put pressure on the brainstem and lead to a neurological condition called syringomyelia.
Syringomyelia occurs when there is an abnormal buildup of fluid where the dog’s skull joins its spine, causing neck and back pain.
“These conditions were created because of breeding standards,” Dr. Miller said.
“All kennel clubs have to take responsibility for setting these standards of breeding, and these standards have gotten so crazy that these dogs are struggling. They are in pain, they are uncomfortable and in many cases they have need surgical correction to be normal.
Asked by host Dermot O’Leary if other breeds of dogs could face a similar ban in the country, Dr Miller said it could soon be applied to other breeds with faces. pugs such as French bulldogs and pugs.
He said these dogs were bred to appear that way because people “try to make dogs look like humans.”
“They have to look a certain way, but they also have to be healthy. We give them problems they don’t deserve to have,” he said.
However, Dr Miller warned against a similar ban in the UK, arguing the Norwegian move could encourage illegal farming and make the problem worse.
Instead, he advised the government to ‘work with breeders and kennel clubs to try to breed the animals they like to be healthy’.