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Sun Feb 10, 2019, 11:09 AM

Dogs with flat faces.... WHY?

They're lovable, sure, they're dogs.... But they're generally not healthy and not cute.

OK, go hug your pug now. That's my controversy for the year.



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Reply Dogs with flat faces.... WHY? (Original post)
Goodheart Feb 2019 OP
Freddie Feb 2019 #1
bullwinkle428 Feb 2019 #4
Freddie Feb 2019 #6
LakeSuperiorView Feb 2019 #2
JustAnotherGen Feb 2019 #3
Goodheart Feb 2019 #5

Response to Goodheart (Original post)

Sun Feb 10, 2019, 11:23 AM

1. They have loads of health problems from this

As they are being bred to exaggerate the feature. Same with flat-faced Persian cats. Ugly too IMO.
They are now breeding “doll-faced” Persians to bring back a more traditional (normal) look and I’ve read they are doing the same with Pugs and other dogs with this look.

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Response to Freddie (Reply #1)

Sun Feb 10, 2019, 11:39 AM

4. I have a rescue Persian with a flat-ish face, and I happen to think she's adorable! Of course,

I'm not happy with the idea that they're being bred specifically for this characteristic, and that efforts are being made in the breeding community to alter this development.

She was rescued from a hoarding situation where she was most likely leading an absolutely miserable life, and has utterly blossomed in just the 3 weeks that I've had her in my home. I realize the likelihood of her experiencing respiratory issues in the future is higher than that of a "typical" domestic short-hair, but I'm willing to do everything I can to help her deal with those issues.

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Response to bullwinkle428 (Reply #4)

Sun Feb 10, 2019, 12:24 PM

6. All cats are beautiful

Glad you can give her a good life! My boys (shorthair brothers, a tuxedo and a solid gray) are rescued too.
It’s an unfortunate tendency in the purebred pet world to breed to exaggerate features. Siamese cats used to be beautiful but now they look like skinny rats with points. And with dogs they breed only for looks and ignore the temperament issues. That doesn’t seem to be a problem with cats.

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Response to Goodheart (Original post)

Sun Feb 10, 2019, 11:34 AM

2. Domestication Syndrome

 

Look at what happens when Foxes are domesticated. Within generations, when they bred for "friendlyness"/acceptance of humans, their faces got flatter/more juvenile, the ears more floppy. There are a group of traits that are connected with domestication.


https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/07/140714100122.htm

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Response to Goodheart (Original post)

Sun Feb 10, 2019, 11:39 AM

3. I'll stick with my

Maltese. He's a dog of small mind, big heart, and he does good potty.

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Response to JustAnotherGen (Reply #3)

Sun Feb 10, 2019, 11:58 AM

5. I have a Maltipoo. Beautiful and smart.

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