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Do pugs have any health issues? Where does the dog breed come from?

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Research has shown that pugs are twice as likely to suffer from health conditions as other dogs

Pugs are a popular pet in many families, but experts say they “can no longer be considered a typical dog” for health reasons.

Experts have urged people not to buy pugs until the breed sees improvement in their health.

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New research from the Royal Veterinary College (RVC) has shown that the health of pugs in the UK is now worse than that of larger dogs.

The flat-faced dog is known for being a gentle companion, but it is these same traits that take their toll on the health of the breed.

Here’s everything you need to know about the origin of pugs and their health issues.

Where do pugs come from?

To create a pug, three types of flat-faced dogs were bred together: the lion dog, Pekingese dogs, and the Lo-sze dog known as the old pug.

Agnes the Pug poses for a photo at Crufts (Image: Matt Cardy/Getty Images)

Pugs first arrived in Europe in the early 17th century after China and Europe established trade routes.

Due to their comical facial features, they became the favorite pet of royal households.

In the 1700s, the famous artist William Hogarth was a pug enthusiast and regularly depicted images of pugs in his paintings.

Marie-Antoinette, wife of Louis XVI, also owned a pug which she named a pug.

However, the pugs we have today are very different.

After the 1860s pugs were imported to Britain from China. These breeds typically had the short legs and wrinkled faces that we see in modern dogs today.

Why are pugs no longer considered “typical dogs”?

Research conducted by the RVC found that pugs are twice as likely to suffer from health conditions as other dogs.

Experts have said that until their health issues improve, they “can no longer be considered a typical dog”.

Dr Dan O’Neill, associate professor of companion animal epidemiology at RVC and lead author of the study, explained: “Although they are very popular as pets, we now know that several health problems serious are related to the extreme physique of pugs that many people have found so cute.

“Now is the time that we focus on the health of the dog and not the whims of the owner when deciding what type of dog to own.”

Since 2005, there has been an increase in Pug Kennel Club registrations as the breed becomes increasingly popular.

However, the impact of their breed on their health is “not surprising”, according to Justine Shotton, president of the British Veterinary Association.

Shotton added: “Vet teams see pugs suffering from these distressing health conditions – from breathing difficulties to eye ulcers and painful spinal abnormalities – daily in veterinary surgeries across the UK.

“This study clearly shows how serious it is the extreme features that many owners find so appealing, such as: bruised faces, big eyes and curly tails.”

What Health Problems Do Pugs Have?

Research has shown that Pugs are 1.9 times more likely to have another disorder than other dog breeds.

You also have a 23 in 40 risk of developing common diseases, as opposed to the standard risk of 7 in 40.

One of the most commonly diagnosed conditions in Pugs is brachycephalic obstructive airway syndrome (BOAS), which causes breathing difficulties.

Pugs are prone to illness due to the shape of their flat noses.

But it wasn’t all bad news, they were found to have a reduced risk of developing a heart murmur.

https://www.nationalworld.com/news/environment/pugs-health-issues-dog-breed-3699600 Do pugs have health problems? Where does the dog breed come from?

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