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If we see that the action group Dier&Recht wants to ban dogs under 10 kg then we should actually give Dier&Recht the tip that they would be better off trying to ban dogs above 10 kg from breeding. After all, according to the Agria insurance data, the so-called toy-breeds under 10 kg are perhaps healthier than the larger breeds. Even brachycephalic or short muzzled
The breed that can easily match – if not beat – crossbreed dogs praised by the action group Dier&Recht for its health is the Brachycephalic Lhasa Apso. A breed that, just like the crossbred, does not need a lot of visits to the vet to get through life. Both are stuck at 0.87 (1 = average of all dogs = pedigree dogs+crossbred).
The also Brachycephalous Chihuahua remains stuck at 0.89. Also a considerably better score than the average dog.
We also see in the Lhasa Apso that the problems in the upper respiratory tract where BOAS falls under, simply occur less than in the non-Brachycephalic crossbreed. We can also see that cancer in the Lhasa Apso is 50% less prevalent in this breed than in the average dog while the crossbreed is 15% less.
It is therefore questionable that veterinarian faculty of the University of Utrecht wants to ban this brachycephalic breed because of the too short snout and stimulates to cross for a longer nose.
Problem with the whole study that led to the criteria for breeding with short-muzzled breeds is that the veterinarians of the University of Utrecht assumed a number of brachycephalic breeds where problems occurred and extrapolated this to more than 20 other breeds without any verification or justification.
However, as long as there are breeds but also dogs that have a short nose and do not suffer from BOAS, there is no causal connection and/or no scientific evidence that the length of the nose determines the health of the dog, which is also stated by Jane Ladlow.
After all, despite all the studies mentioned in the enforcement criteria, it is not the nose length that forms a homogeneous group with similar hereditary characteristics, but the breeds, which is also the definition of a breed.
Stichting Ras en Recht (Foundation Justice for the pedigree breeds)
Edwin Meyer Viol
10th of July 2020