French Bulldogs are very popular and they are getting more and more popular day by day. This gives a lot of people to abuse this gently breed and at the same time, to breed the French Bulldog just for profit. Ask yourself this question, where did you got your French Bulldog from?
Was it a good breeder where you could look at the mother, or was it in a pet shop. Where you actually really don’t know where the French Bulldog came from.
The Guardian took a closer look at this issue in an article.
As a nation we’re easy to seduce – from red jeans to Apple computers, it’s clear we are weak when it comes to fashionable whims. Dogs are not excluded from this tendency and over the years I have seen breeds rise and fall in popularity. It is undoubted that we live in the moment of the French bulldog. They have become ubiquitous – it’s rare to walk three metres down a UK high street without becoming tangled in the lead of a “Frenchie”.
It’s easy to understand why a product like the French bulldog captures our imagination: they are small, yet are called bulldogs; and they look upset but are incongruously cute and delightful. And aren’t we still slightly in awe of anything that renders us a little more continental? But next time your colleague talks about dog diets, or your friend sits his furry companion on the dinner table, it’s worth asking if they ever met their dog’s mother.
Yes, it’s a strange question. It’s more likely you’d be interested in your friend’s mother and even then perhaps not that much. But this has become the key question for all popular-pup owners to answer.
Popular dog breeding is one of the UK’s growing industries, and although licensed by rural councils it is little, if at all, regulated. I refer to French bulldogs as products as they are now manufactured in exactly the same way as your red jeans. Save the stretch denim, there is very little difference between the way some cheap clothes and popular dogs have been produced.
Working conditions for breeding dogs bear striking similarities to the images we see of sweatshop labour on the subcontinent: dogs pop out their litters in low-lit barns, sitting in production lines. The pups are taken away far too early, having barely tasted their mother’s milk. These puppies go on to become the fluffy numbers that play in department stores and the lonesome pups in baskets that implore children to stare dolefully into pet shop windows.
What’s the big deal? A French bulldog is a French bulldog, right? Unfortunately not. Dogs that have been bred without sufficient mother’s milk, or invaluable time interacting with her, will grow into sick animals. They are unlikely to be cute for long. Much as jeans that are produced quickly might come apart at the seams, a French bulldog battery-farmed in this way will be plagued with health difficulties both medically and behaviourally. It will be prone to bone problems, have little immunity to diseases and suffer impossible temperament issues. Between the huge vet bills, it will undoubtedly bring some pleasure to its owner, but it will be a life of almost constant suffering and pain for the dog.
Suffering is the key word here. The red jeans we buy don’t feel anything when they fall apart, unlike our furry “friends”. Dogs are sentient, after all, as are the producers of the product – other dogs. Trend has a sad relationship with exploitation, but whether the need for wealth comes before the suffering of the product itself seems not even worth discussing. As a nation, we would not publicly and legally advocate the overt torture of humans for wealth, so why animals?
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