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Gazette readers are more likely to support a ban on the selective breeding of dogs with health problems. However, this number softens when certain races are mentioned by name.
In a survey, 81% of Gazette readers said they would support a UK ban on selective breeding of dogs, where selective breeding leads to serious health issues, such as respiratory problems or increased risk of cancer. Only 14.3% said they would oppose such a ban.
The numbers change slightly when specific breeds are mentioned. Asked about banning the selective breeding of brachycephalic (flat-faced) dogs – such as pugs and French bulldogs – 75% of respondents said they would support such a ban.
These figures are broadly in line with the national consensus, with 71% in favor of a ban. However, nationally only 56% of UK respondents support the ban when asked about specific flat-faced dog breeds.
Those who oppose the ban tend to stay consistent with local readers and across survey questions.
Selective breeding – as defined by petkeen.com – is the selective selection of dogs that will mate to produce puppies that meet their expected desires. The breeder dictates the breeding, so that certain traits, diseases or characteristics are fixed or removed in the offspring. Selective breeding contrasts with natural breeding, which is when dogs choose when, where, and with whom they mate.
Norway made headlines earlier this year by effectively banning the breeding of British Bulldogs and Cavalier King Charles Spaniels.