Designer dog breed problems

Kate Mason, My Style column. Picture: Marie Caley D5417MC
Kate Mason, My Style column. Picture: Marie Caley D5417MC
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As a dog owner and dog lover it never fails to make me smile when I see a cute pet pooch strutting down the street wagging its tail without a care in the world.

Dogs - like humans - come in all shapes and sizes and all have different personalties.

Pug at Animal Care Lancaster dog show

Pug at Animal Care Lancaster dog show

Some are blessed with impeccable genes and boast glossy coats and bright eyes, others are a little rough around the edges but they all have their own little personality and charm that makes us mere mortals powerless to resist.

I’ll be the first to admit that when I was deciding which breed of dog I wanted looks were certainly a factor.

Of course everyone wants a cute pet pooch given the option.

But after reading about the world’s first designer dog clinic I think people are placing far too much emphasis on appearance.

It seems we can’t be satisfied with the standard dog breeds anymore and have to create some Frankenstein like creations instead.

I can’t keep up with all the new breeds that are appearing from chorkies and muggins to cockapoo’s and Labradoodles- it’s a minefield.

As a result of this meddling in the doggy gene pool a clinic has been set up in Hertfordshire established to treat the wide range of health problems encountered by fashionable breeds such as pugs and French bulldogs.

These dogs may look the part but many are plagued with health problems developed over years of breeding aimed at making the pooches more appealing to the eye.

The trend for these fashionable breeds are increasing thanks to a number of high profile celebrities who proudly show off their designer dogs as they go about their business.

Around 14,000 pugs are now sold in Britain every year, compared with just 1,000 13 years ago.

From problems breathing to infections these dogs delicate little feature may look appealing but can result in a life of pain and misery for the animal.

And the health problems that plague these over bred designer dogs can also result in owners paying a fortune in vets bills.

I’m not the blaming the owners, many don’t even realise the implications of purchasing these prized pooches, but it’s something that needs to be stopped if it is creating such horrendous long term health problems.

Purchasing diamond encrusted collars, doggy shoes and spending more on your pet pooch’s outfit than your own is one thing, but when appearance starts to create health problems it’s time we all took note.