February / March 2020

February / March 2020

The Lifespan and Health Conditions of French Bulldogs and Labrador Retrievers

French Bulldogs and Labrador Retrievers – the two most popular breeds in the UK. Two large studies reveal the kinds of health problems that affect these breeds
By Zazie Todd, PhD

(Editors note: I have included this study due to the current high rate of popularaty of these two breeds in South Africa, and that the research indicated a small section on behaviour). The data was collected in 2013 and the Frenchie and Lab ‘fashion’ seems now to have peaked in South Africa.

Two of the most popular breeds of dog in the USA, Canada, and the UK are French Bulldogs and Labrador Retrievers. In fact in 2018, French Bulldogs knocked Labrador Retrievers off the top spot in the UK for the first time.

Because pedigree dogs are bred from a closed genetic pool, they can develop health issues related to the breed. As well, of course, any dog can be affected by various canine conditions . . .


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