They have become incredibly popular – the “squished face” dogs – Pugs, Boston Terriers, Bulldogs, Shih Tzus and Pekingese amongst others. All of these breeds are known as brachycephalic (break-ee-cef-alec) meaning that they have very short, broad skulls. Many owners seek out these breeds for their looks but are unaware of the long list of health problems that accompany such traits.
Though respiratory issues are among the greatest concerns in these breeds, they often suffer from a variety of other non-airway related issues. Some of these include:
These dogs can be a challenge to care for due to myriad health concerns resulting from their body and skull type. Owners of these breeds should expect to have a close relationship with their veterinarian to ensure that their dog remains healthy. Prospective owners should consider the potential time and financial investment involved in caring for these breeds before bringing one home.