Most ‘Purebred’ Dogs Are Sick—Is Yours? Let Us Know

Published by PETA Staff.
2 min read

Did you buy a pug who has an extremely difficult time breathing, a Cavalier King Charles spaniel who suffers from chronic eye or ear issues, or a French bulldog who died young due to health issues? If so, you’re not alone—and PETA wants to hear from you!

Sad-looking pug lying on wood floor

All these flat-faced “purebred” dogs are breathing-impaired breeds (BIB), bred to have extreme physical characteristics that are tied to many health issues. BIBs typically suffer from brachycephalic airway syndrome, which leaves many of them struggling just to breathe while engaging in normal activities, and they’re prone to many other serious health conditions due to their breed. Going for a walk, chasing a ball, running, and playing—the things that make dogs’ lives joyful and fulfilling—are impossible for many BIB dogs.

Did You Buy a Pug, French Bulldog, or Other ‘Purebred’ Dog With Health Issues?

Many “purebreds” (flat-faced or not) suffer from congenital and often painful conditions like hip dysplasia, cancer, heart problems, and many other ailments. Many dogs become ill or die prematurely because of traits they were bred to have in order to meet standards set by the American Kennel Club (AKC). If you purchased a boxer, shih tzu, Labrador retriever, or dog of another AKC-registered breed who struggles with their health or behavior or who died prematurely, we want to hear from you. Please contact us using the form below:

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 Ingrid E. Newkirk

“Almost all of us grew up eating meat, wearing leather, and going to circuses and zoos. We never considered the impact of these actions on the animals involved. For whatever reason, you are now asking the question: Why should animals have rights?” READ MORE

— Ingrid E. Newkirk, PETA President and co-author of Animalkind