English bulldogs have managed to remain the most popular dog breed in the world, and the last time I checked, my next door neighbor owns one. Well, this will be bad news for him, so I may just have to make him the last person I share this with.
English bulldogs may be very popular, but it’s a fact that they are one of the unhealthiest dog breeds you can ever imagine. Well, a new study now shows that wrinkly-faced dogs lack the genetic diversity that’s required to improve them, and that just implies that we may have to continue living with this unhealthy breed of dogs as they won’t get better than they already are.
This new study was published in Canine Genetics and Epidemiology after researchers at the University of California’s Center for companion animal health discovered that the English bulldog comes with a very constrained genetic diversity, and this will make it really difficult for breeders to create new and possibly, even improved versions of the canine from an existing genetic stock.