A spirited English bulldog who was held back by a catalogue of breed-related health problems is now living life to the full in a new home, thanks to Blue Cross.
Dennis arrived at our Kimpton rehoming centre in October last year, aged two, as a result of him not getting along with another dog in his previous home, and it quickly became apparent to our team that he was very poorly.
English bulldogs are classed as a brachycephalic breed; this means they are shorter-nosed and flat-faced, and often suffer from breathing problems as a result. A range of other health issues from skin complaints to eye problems are also common among brachycephalic dogs, which are often bred irresponsibly to meet demand.
Sarah Miller, Animal Welfare Assistant, said: “Dennis had already had nasal widening and soft palate surgery. However, following a routine health check at the centre, it was evident that the previous surgeries had not made much of a difference.
“Like many other brachycephalic breeds, Dennis’s welfare and health were compromised as a result of his flat nose and face. He was struggling to breathe and could only run for around five to 15 minutes before he collapsed due to a lack of oxygen.
“On top of this, he had very sore eyes and skin because of the excess skin folds attributable to the breed and an underbite.”