It’s the ASPCA ad that’s hard to watch and, at one point, hard to avoid: Sarah McLachlan’s “Angel” kicks in and heartbreaking images of dogs flicker across the screen.
In Norway, the campaign against animal cruelty took a different turn with the banning of the breeding of two types of dogs – Cavalier King Charles Spaniels and bulldogs – due to their many health problems.
Breeding dogs, one of the country’s district courts has ruled, violated Section 25 of Norway’s Animal Welfare Act and provides a ‘legal framework’ for how cross-breeding could possibly be performed.
But Cavalier King Charles spaniels and bulldogs aren’t the only purebred puppies with an increased likelihood of hereditary diseases.
On the heels of Monday’s landmark decision, below is a look at five types of dogs considered “cruel” to breed for the health issues they face.
Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
A dog fit for royalty, the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel’s roots can be traced back to 17th century England, and King Charles I and his son Charles II were devoted to the spaniel, according to the American Kennel Club, known as the AKC. With a life expectancy of around 12 to 15 years, The AKC website noted that “there are several health issues that Cavaliers are prone to,” including eye problems such as cataracts and “a neurological condition called syringomyelia.”
The spaniel is “one of the poster dogs for heart disease,” Jaime Freyer, veterinarian and data manager at pet DNA testing company Wisdom Health, told The Post.
The mascot of many sports teams and, for some, an icon of British culture, the bulldog has a life expectancy of around eight to ten years, according to the AKC. “Bulldog owners need to be vigilant to make sure their dog doesn’t overheat,” said the the site of the informed club. “If a bulldog is overexcited or breathes too hard, their tongue will hang out abnormally far and have a bluish tint instead of the normal pink.”
Freyer explained that the dog had tiny nostrils that made it difficult for him to breathe. “They can’t calm down,” she said.
The beloved breed – one of most popular in america – is often featured on TV shows and on social media. With a life expectancy of approximately 10 to 12 years oldthe Golden Retriever is more likely to develop cancers, such as lymphoma, than other breeds, Boston 25 News reported. A Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine study “examined the cause of death of over 72,000 dogs in North America by breed” and “found Golden Retrievers ranked second.”
Long a part of pop culture with the movie “101 Dalmatians,” the white-and-black-polka-dot dog has the ability to win hearts. The AKC has the breed’s life expectancy of 11 to 13 years. Deafness is prevalent in the breed, Freyer said. The owners must watch out for kidney stones so, according to the AKC.
The wildly popular dog is even in the White House: the Bidens announced their new pup named Commander. The German Shepherd has a life expectancy of around seven to ten years and is prone to a condition called hip dysplasia.
“If the hip socket is too shallow, there is abnormal movement in the hip,” she said, adding that it can lead to arthritis.