Norway bans bulldogs and King Charles spaniels as breeding them deemed ‘cruel’

Norway has banned outright the selective breeding of Cavalier King Charles spaniels and British bulldogs after a court ruled it was cruel.

The bulldog is the national animal of the United Kingdom and both breeds originally stem from the islands.

However, Oslo District Court has said that breeding results in 'man-made health problems' for the animals and said that anyone who breeds flat-faced dogs will be in breach of their Animal Welfare act.

The case was fought by Animal Protection Norway in 2018, which sued prominent Norwegian breeders for the 'cruel' practice.

In response, last year the Norwegian government decided to amend the wording of the breeding clause to specify groups must breed 'healthy animals'.

This would prove to be vital ammunition for animal rights groups who instructed their lawyers to fight for a ban on the grounds that none of the breeds could be considered healthy.

Speaking to the Telegraph, head of Animal Protection Norway said: "This is first and foremost a victory for our dogs.

"It is a historic verdict that attracts international attention.

"The man-made health problems of the bulldog have been known since the early 20th century. But dogs have the right to be bred healthy."

The British bulldog remains an exceptionally popular breed in the UK and is highly sought after.

Typically, it will cost pet owners in the region of £1500 -£2000 to purchase one from a breeder.

However, despite their brutish charm, the animals are susceptible to breathing problems or Brachycephalic Airway Obstruction Syndrome due to their short and wide skulls and short snouts.

They can also suffer skin problems, inverted eyelashes, kidney stone disease and kneecap dislocation.

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Meanwhile, Cavalier King Charles Spaniel are susceptible to heart defects, chronic headaches or syringomyelia, eye disease and joint problems where the kneecap is out of its normal position on the femur.

Now welfare groups across the world are expected to turn their focus to these and breeds with hereditary disorders found in their own countries.

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