RESPONSE TO PETA’S APPEARANCE ON GOOD MORNING BRITAIN – 3 AUGUST 2023
The Bulldog Breed Council has worked with the Royal Kennel Club and The University of Cambridge to educate breeders on the importance of health testing. The Bulldog Breed Council’s Health Scheme was developed before any of negative media releases in 2003, because the clubs and breeders wanted to improve the health of dogs. The Bulldog Breed Council is continually working with the Royal Kennel Club, we have recently changed our breed standard to emphasise further that no exaggeration will be tolerated. Bulldogs bred to the breed standard should not be exaggerated or unhealthy. The breathing assessment developed by University of Cambridge has already and will continue to improve their health when used by all breeders. We don’t believe stunts from Peta, or calls to ban or ‘cancel’ Bulldogs, will result in any positive change for these popular dogs.
“The reality is that media and celebrity culture sadly drives demand for a particularly exaggerated and non breed standard colours in flat-faced dogs, which can lead to serious health issues such as difficulties breathing, and we, alongside all other members of the Brachycephalic Working Group, meaningfully urge people to ‘stop and think’ before buying a brachycephalic dog from unethical breeders that do not breed to the standard or health test. The Royal Kennel Club provide breeders with evidence-based tools and resources to protect and improve dog health. We believe this, alongside our ongoing research, evidence-based health initiatives and collaboration with vets, the Kennel Club and academics, will continue to achieve further health improvements for future and current generations of these dogs. Demonising the breed and their owners will only worsen the issue.
We, The Bulldog Breed Council would welcome further education for puppy buyers on what to expect from a breeder, where to buy a puppy and why the breed standard should be adhered to.
The information given by PETA on Good Morning Britain was not factual:
1. Bulldog puppies heads are not bigger than any other breed and the widest point of a new born puppy is the chest.
2. Bulldogs can and do mate naturally
3. Bulldogs can and do self whelp their puppies.
The Bulldog Breed Council were asked to provide a spokesperson and a dog for this programme with 19 hours notice, unfortunately the people that have knowledge of the previous discussions on this subject could not travel at such short notice.
Bulldog Breed Council Press Office
4 August 2023