BRITISH VETERINARY ASSOCIATION STATEMENT ADVISING PEOPLE TO CHOOSE BREEDS OTHER THAN BRACHYCEPHALICS BECAUSE THEIR HEALTH IS CURRENTLY TOO COMPROMISED SEE HERE
Leading Breed Club or Council:
French Bulldog Club of England
Dedicated Health Website:
More active in health
The French Bulldog community through the leadership of the French Bulldog Club of England, were one of the breeds demonstrably more active on health in 2013 as measured against the Karlton Index. In the 2011 Index, they scored just 9 points, but had increased that to 35 by 2013.
The key action that drove this increase was the introduction of their breed club health scheme, details of which can be found here http://www.frenchbulldogclubofengland.org.uk/health-scheme.html. The FBCE is pioneering some great research with world-class bodies including the University of Cambridge investigating the facts behind current health issues faced in the breed such as BOAS.
The French Bulldog remains a controversial breed because of the risk factors attached to its exaggerated facial features, spine and tail conformation and also because of its explosion in popularity. For this reason anyone who loses their heart to a Frenchie MUST accept there are considerable risks attached to the welfare of these dogs and are urged to think twice before getting one without proper research.View the latest (2013), full Karlton Index Report