An oblong top, well-arched toes, a broad chest, and nostrils tilted downward at the tipwhat could be more attractive? This is the epitomeof beauty for Bull Terriers, at the least according to dog display standards.
Yet, the inner workings of purebred bird-dogs may not be quite as exquisite as their glossy wool indicates. Myocardial infarction, kidney canker, and neurological diseases( including obsessive obsessive tail-chasing) blight purebreds of this breed.
Issuessuch as these are not just demoted to Bull Terriers, either. In general, purebreds are considered more high-risk from health problems because of a lack of genetic diversification that results in inherited disorders.
Inbreeding bird-dogs as showpieces, rather than as anexemplarof health, can lead to some moderately gruesome complications. For pattern, half of all cavalier King Charles spaniels by the age of 5 be developed further center mitral valve canker( MVD ), which is the breed’s producing cause of death. The perfect flat, wrinkled appearance of a pug can lead to severe impedimentums in breathing, and for big, ill-proportioned dog produces, debilitating hip and elbow dysplasia are common even at a young age.
As this video from Business Insider divulges, sometimes best available in show is not best available in health.
[ H/ T: Dog Behavior Science]