It might be because of their friendly personalities and silly looks, or it is perhaps due to the amazing performance of the famous Frank the Pug in the 1997 cult movie “Men in Black.”
Anything is possible. However, their charm becomes much less endearing when you know that all their cute features are actually a product of purpose-bred genetic defects, which is basically ruining this breed’s life comfort and can in its most serious forms lead to paralysis.
The Price Of Cuteness
Their signature “squished noses” have been selectively bred to become ever shorter and smaller, thus making it difficult for these poor rascals to eat properly, or even breathe with ease.
This condition can cause trickle down effects including:
- cardiovascular stress,
- eye prolapses,
- overheating (as dogs don’t sweat),
- weight gain,
- dental crowding,
- soft-palate collapse,
- and skin-fold dermatitis.
This all boils down to pugs being more of an “ anatomical disaster” than a cute canine breed, according to The Guardian.
Increased Animal Suffering
The British Veterinary Association (BVA), which represents vets across the UK, has recently spoken out and has made several statements on this issue, making their concern about this particular breed’s health and welfare clear.
“The surge in popularity of these dogs has increased animal suffering and resulted in unwell pets for owners, so we strongly encourage people to think about choosing a healthier breed or crossbreed instead,” says Sean Wensley, president of the BVA.