Updated: May 19
A new study just released says that Pug health has declined so far that they can "no longer be considered a typical dog from a health perspective."
The study compared the health of 4,308 pugs and 21,835 non-pugs.
The study, which was conducted by the Royal Veterinary College, looked at the prevalence of health problems in different dog breeds. It found that pugs are at an increased risk for a number of health problems, including breathing difficulties and eye abnormalities.
Pug health has been in decline for years, and recent studies suggest that the breed is so poorly adapted to its morphology that it can no longer be considered a typical dog. Pugs are one of the most popular dog breeds in the world, but they are also one of the most unhealthy. Pug health problems include a variety of respiratory issues, joint problems, eye problems, and skin problems. Pugs are also susceptible to a number of diseases, including Pug Dog Encephalitis (PDE), which is a potentially fatal inflammation of the brain. In recent years, there has been an increase in Pug health problems due to the popularity of breeding "mini" Pugs. These dogs are even more prone to health problems because of their compressed skulls and short noses. If you're considering getting a Pug, be sure to do your research and be prepared for a lifetime of expensive vet bills.
The Conclusion of the study is this:
The current study highlights a series of common disorders that show either predisposition or protection in Pugs and that add to the evidence base urgently needed to reform this breed. Predispositions were shown to greatly outnumber protections, suggesting that there are some critical health and welfare challenges to overcome for Pugs. The widely differing health profiles between Pugs and other dogs in the UK suggest that the Pug has diverged to such an extent from mainstream dog breeds that the Pug breed can no longer be considered as a typical dog from the perspective of its disorder profile. You can read the full article here!
While the study's findings are certainly not good news for pug owners, it's important to remember that all dogs are different and that each individual dog will have its own unique health profile. If you're considering adopting a pug, be sure to speak with your veterinarian about the risks involved. And, of course, do your research to make sure you're prepared to provide the best possible care for your new furry friend.
Do you own a pug? What do you think of the study's findings? Let us know in the comments!