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Stop the rise of flat-faced pets

Animals with flat-faces (also known as brachycephalic) have been on the rise in recent years. They've become very popular among pet owners with ‘designer' breeds like French bulldogs. Social media, TV and other media have normalised the look, despite the fact that many of these animals suffer on a daily basis.


The trend of breeding for extreme features has reached a boiling point, and more must be done to protect future generations of these animals.

Health problems with flat-faced animals

Although commonly associated with dogs, health issues associated with flat-faces are a growing problem with breeds of cats, rabbits and horses.


  • A constant struggle to breathe 
  • Heat regulation problems
  • Difficulty with exercise 
  • Struggle to sleep properly, causing chronic tiredness
  • Difficulty giving birth (dystocia)
  • Chronic skin conditions
  • Eye issues
  • Dental problems
  • Spinal deformities


  • Breathing issues
  • Eye problems
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Problems giving birth
  • Unable to groom properly because of their extreme features which can cause skin problems


  • Their teeth grow continuously, and because of their skull shape, their teeth can't wear down like they should to keep them at a healthy length and shape
  • They can experience painful dental abscesses
  • Along with other dental issues, this can also cause issues with eating and diet
  • They could have teeth growing into their tear ducts, making it look as though they're crying

These issues can cause tremendous pain for any animal experiencing them. Cats and rabbits often don't show they're in pain in obvious ways. This means it could take time before owners notice that something is wrong, which could cause more suffering.

Cost of living and the high cost of 'designer' breeds

The threat of cost of living also means animals will be paying the price for the way they've been bred, as owners may struggle to finance their treatments or surgeries. It's charities that will be left to pick up the pieces.

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Raise awareness and get the UK Government to take action

We need to do something to save these breeds and protect generations of them to come. Brachycephaly is an animal welfare crisis, and you can start critical conversations by writing to your MP. 

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