Brachycephalic animals

What does brachycephalic mean?

Brachycephalic means shortened head. There are lots of animals who have been selected for this appearance and have short snouts and flat faces. 

Brachycephalic animals include:

  • Pugs
  • Brussels griffon
  • Bulldogs
  • French bulldogs
  • Boston Terriers
  • Boxers
  • Cavalier King Charles spaniel
  • Chow chows
  • Dogue De Bordeaux
  • Lhasa apso
  • Pekingese
  • Shih tzu
  • Persian cats 
  • British shorthair cats
  • Netherland Dwarf rabbits

Because of this extreme body shape, brachycephalic animals have a much higher risk of developing numerous painful illnesses and diseases than other animals. Read more about the common health problems affecting brachycephalics.

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