“The better I get to know men, the more I find myself loving dogs.”
-Charles de Gaulle.
On your mark, get set, go! Run! What happened? Why are you not running? Are you not part of a human race? No? But still, you have to run; you don’t have any choice. Too much kindness always pay off! They may be man’s best friend, but this is the love which they got instead of their loyalty. I’m talking about Man’s best friend ‘Dogs.’ On the one hand we love them, but on the contrary, we abuse them.
Human always loves variations for a better life. We want everything in a modified version whether it is a bike, car or a dog. Amazed? But, it is harsh right that we even bred dogs to have different physical and mental traits.
The Science of Dogs blog, a new series compared your favorite dog breeds from the 1915 book “Dogs of All Nations” to their present counterparts. Many dogs are believed to be more disease prone than before. Can you recognize these dogs? Can you feel their pain? We call us human, right?
Take a look!
The English Bulldog has suffered a lot due to intensive breeding. They are mostly found to be suffering from every possible illness. Until 1835, they were used for bull baiting, but with the time, Bulldogs became one of favorite dog breeds of all time.
This stocky fighter breed was first found in the early 1800s and was seen with the combination of the old English Terrier and the Bulldog. The Bull Terriers had a thin loop body with a curved nose. With time due to excessive breeding, this dog has developed a warped skull and a thicker abdomen.
The Dachshunds was first seen in Germany around 400 years back. This dog once had a functioning leg with proper neck according to its size. But humans love to experiment! Right? And today, Dachshunds are the highly risked breed for intervertebral disc disease which can further result in paralysis.
In the year 1850, this canine dog species had a thinner abdomen and a sharper stance that everyone knows today. The German Shepherd is initially believed to resemble the herding sheep.
The first Saint Bernand look-alike to the Asiatic dogs which were once used by the Roman soldiers in their army. Presently, St. Bernard’s is having much thicker fur than their ancestors. They have broader skulls with a sharp angle between nose and foreheads. They are prone to entropion, ectropion, Stockard’s paralysis, hemophilia, and osteosarcoma.
The Pug once also known as Dutch Mastiffs is the another dog breed which is prone to health diseases such as high blood pressure, low oxygenation, overheats, heart problems and much more because of intensive breeding. Pug is believed to come from the Chinese happa dogs that were brought over by the Portuguese during the 15th and 16th century.