The rise of pugs and bulldogs: Australians favour small dogs with wide, short faces
IF it’s starting to feel like every second dog in your neighbourhood is a pug or french bulldog, you’re not totally off the mark. New research reveals there are more of the squish-faced canines waddling into Australian homes than ever before.
Analysis by the University of Sydney finds that over the last three decades Aussies are increasingly ditching the classic labrador and going barking mad for smaller pedigree pooches with shorter and wider heads, a la pug — but experts fear there is a lack of understanding of the health issues that afflict such breeds. [read more…]