May 21, 2015 at 2:03 pm #638965July 3, 2015 at 8:48 am #638966July 21, 2015 at 2:46 pm #638967July 21, 2015 at 3:02 pm #638968ThingAdmin
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Cerberus is a bit disturbing as a pugJuly 31, 2015 at 9:52 am #638969
A-pug-alypse.August 14, 2015 at 8:39 am #638970
These are called Retro Mops (website here), and theyâ€™re pugs bred specifically to be longer-legged, leaner, with smaller eyes, longer muzzles, and more open nostrils. And while the project is still a work in progress, itâ€™s heading in the right direction.
This new breed type started in Germany, and developed from the selective breeding of purebred pugs with longer muzzles and a longer legged frame.
From the website:
â€œWe want to prove that a pug does not have to be short of breath and phlegmatic, but a very sporty and docile family and companion dogâ€
This should be the goal of EVERY pug breeder and owner, to have a healthy dog that doesnâ€™t struggle to breathe and walk.
Iâ€™m sure youâ€™re a pug or bulldog lover, which is why youâ€™re so eager to defend them, but youâ€™re not helping these dogs out by ignoring the problems in the breed. This is not a â€œlittle problemâ€, itâ€™s a HUGE issue thatâ€™s killing dogs, and itâ€™s prefectly preventable if pugs were outcrossed to have longer muzzles and wider nostrils.
Just look at the difference and tell me youâ€™re not horrified:
As long as people stay blind to these issues, nothing will change. Which is why Iâ€™m saying this here so at least some people will see that there IS an alternative, and that wheezing pugs and bulldogs are not cute. When the public realizes the difference, the demand for these mutants will stop and more healthy, longer-lived alternatives will replace them.
But it starts with someone talking about them, and not just thinking thereâ€™s nothing to be done. Although if there were a time machine at my disposal you bet Iâ€™d use to pinch the nostrils of the original Victorian breeders and see how they like it.
As a veterinary technician, the amount of brachycephalic breeds that I see come in due to respiratory distress or proptosis (their eye has popped out), the fact that people still breed for these traits disgusts me. Maybe those people who think that these characteristics are worth breeding for just havenâ€™t had the “pleasure” of seeing the fear in the eyes of a dying dog as it gasps for air. It was a terrible experience for me, I can only imagine how terrifying it must be for these poor animals.
And just to cheer up all the pug-lovers on the site after that, here’s a pug in a flower collar:October 1, 2015 at 10:06 am #638971November 10, 2015 at 9:52 am #638972March 14, 2016 at 3:17 pm #638973
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