The Bulldog is now a family companion and may participate in conformation. The American Kennel Club recognized the breed in Bulldogs are affectionate, seek out human attention and form strong bonds with children. They can be stubborn and dominating, though, so consistent training is necessary.
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Sign Up. Older Posts. As you might guess the many health problems in Bulldogs results in a greatly reduced life expectancy. The most recent data suggests that the life span of the English bulldog now averages at only around eight years of age.
The main objective of this research was to determine whether the English Bulldog retains enough genetic diversity to allow breeders to correct the abnormalities which are causing so many health problems in these dogs. Correcting the problems would involve selective breeding. Such breeding would target the elimination of the harmful, often recessive, genetic mutations which have accumulated. If there is enough genetic diversity then head shape, physical structure, and problems associated with the immune system can be corrected by carefully selecting sires and dams who are genetically more sound and will likely produce more healthier and more desirable pups.
By the standards of genetic research this was a reasonably sized study which looked at registered English Bulldogs, plus an additional 37 English Bulldogs with known health problems obtained from the UC Davis Veterinary Clinic. Unfortunately the results of this investigation did not paint a hopeful picture.
When the researchers looked at the overall genetic diversity among Bulldogs it was astonishingly restricted relative to other breeds of dogs. This is a scary result, since populations that have lost genetic diversity are more likely to accumulate harmful and dysfunctional traits. Furthermore it means that there is not enough leeway or flexibility left to try to perform some kind of "reverse genetic engineering" to bring the breed back into health through selective breeding.
This is simply because dogs with alternate, more favorable, genes are simply too rare in the population. In an interview Pedersen said, "I think the English Bulldog in its present and worst state is doomed. Is there any solution?
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The only way to increase genetic diversity is by adding new and different genetic material to the breeding pool. This would mean out-crossing Bulldogs with other similar breeds of canines.
Such crosses might then provide the opportunity to weed out and replace some of the genes that are causing most of the health difficulties. The problem here is that the resultant dogs would be hybrids, and many breeders and kennel clubs would consider these hybrid pups to be a different breed. In other words the breeders would consider them to be mongrels — not Bulldogs. The English Bulldog remains one of the most popular breeds because of that wonderful temperament that they have.
However I am afraid that unless there is a will among breeders to improve the overall health of Bulldogs, and unless that is accompanied by an agreement from the various national kennel clubs to grant a bit of latitude to allow selective out-crossing, then the genetic diversity in the breed will continue to diminish. More genetic bottlenecks will appear, more harmful traits will accumulate, and if nothing is done it would not surprise me to find that a decade or two from now the median life expectancy of the English Bulldog will have been reduced to six years or less.
Once that happens the popularity of the breed will plummet, fewer dogs will be bred, the genetic diversity will contract even further, and we will lose a wonderful breed of pleasant canine companions. May not be reprinted or reposted without permission.
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