Norway is banning the breeding of English bulldogs and Cavalier King Charles spaniels.
In a ruling this week, Animal Protection Norway said the breeding of the dogs went against the country’s Animal Welfare Act, citing the inherent health problems the dogs face.
Evidence has shown that both breeds experience severe breathing conditions, eye problems, skin infections, heart problems, as well as joint problems… More here. Thanks to Tom.
I love our Cavalier, Murray, very much, but I do agree with this move. Murray is in heart failure and is slowly progressing towards the end as he starts to slow down, and we will make the final decision if we believe for one moment that he is suffering.
He is only 6 years old and had also had a major operation on his cruciate ligament while being on 3 different sets of medication each day to keep him alive. Far too many of his breed suffer these problems and the wonderful traits they have cannot logically outweigh the suffering the animals and their owners experience.