Tuesday, January 26, 2010

French Bulldogs: Unfit for the Most Basic Functions

But don't take my word for it. This is what frenchbulldogz.org has to say about the breed:

"The vast majority of French Bulldogs can neither breed, conceive or whelp naturally..."

Right. And they cannot breathe too well either.


Retrieverman said...

French bulldogs = Stitch:


an American in Copenhagen said...

I don't know if it's just one local breeder or if it's a growing trend but I've seen quite a few french x pugs in the local dog parks lately. Amazingly, they always seem to have enough of a nose to breath and are much more athletic and active than either of their parent breeds.

All the ones I've seen are tan and black and have drop ears so they look, at first glance, like a beefy pug with a functioning body but personality wise I'd say they have a bigger dose of the french bulldog.

Don't know if they still have whelping problems but I can assure you they wouldn't have any trouble breeding. At first I thought they were some kind of "victorian pug" , like the "victorian bulldog" but I asked a few owners and they all said they were just a simple first generation cross.

Hopefuly that's the future for these breeds. Combine the gene pools and breed for something that has a good shot at a healthy active life. And I must admit, I really hate the look of both pugs and frenchies but I think the crosses are rather elegant, in a compact sort of way.

FrogDogz said...

Well, I admit it was a rather sweeping generalization, but there surely are an awful lot of Frenchies with some pretty serious health problems.

That said, I have free whelping Frenchies who do agility and live to their mid teens, so it's not all a lost cause. The key is to not breed for extremes.

PBurns said...

If the vast majority of dogs within a breed cannot breed, conceive, or whelp naturally, that breed is a 100% failure in my book and in God's.

The fact that the dog that is produced through artificial veterinary intervention does not die, and can do agility does not change that equation.

Reproduction is basic to life. If your breed needs a vet to reproduce, then the breeders in your breed are "doing it wrong."

And in the case of the Frenchie, the vast majority of breeders ARE doing it wrong. They are positively selecting for defect --- dogs with heads too big and hips that are too narrow. They are rejecting healthy-looking dogs to embrace defect.

What has allowed this nonsense to go on for so long are owners who think there is "no problem" simply because their dog has not dropped dead on their lap. They have decided that is the standard. But God's standard is a bit different -- it is an abiliyt to procreate. And by that standard, Frenchies are a FAIL.

A cross-bred dog, of course, is the answer. But a cross-bred dog is not a Frenchie, is it?


shadowheart said...

The French Bulldogs with problems are produced by puppymillers and backyard breeders breeding for profit, not health. French Bulldogs are not the only breed needing c-sections on this planet - HUMANS need c-sections too, not to mention all the birth defects humans have and pass on for generations, humans are very undesirable too, should we wipe ourselves out. Not to mention humans are the nastiest, crueliest creatures on the face of this planet as we kill and mutulate our own for mere thrills and destroy our own planet.

If you do not want to deal with a problem in a breed, then don't buy it, you don't buy, there'd be no need for supply and you should never breed it, especially if you don't know how to correct a problem.

I have a French Bulldog and the only time I go to the vet is for his shots, he runs with boxers, jumps and does a lot of stuff regular mutts do...people love this clownish breed no matter how short the livespan is, their love and personality bring a lifetime of happiness and fond memories. Every creature on this planet has something wrong with it, yet we go on. Not every Frenchie needs assistance either when breeding, some do it all on their own and there are free whelpers out there. Judgment is being passed on all, when only a select few should be targeted, many breeders are researching and breeding healthier dogs so it is unfair to throw them in the mix. Personally, there are more serious problems in the world than worrying about a breed of dog that so many love no matter what they look like.

PBurns said...

Shadowheart, thanks for sharing.

If you did a little bit of research, you would know that puppy mills are NOT the source of all these cesarians -- they can't afford to pay $1,000 a litter and make a profit.

As for your logic train, it's the one that has left us with dozens of breeds of dogs that cannot walk, breathe or whelp, and who are owned by people do not care if the animals suffer and die prematurely.

You are a good example of your type.