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Ministers warn that breeding pugs is 'self-indulgent'

With their squashed little noses and wrinkled faces, they have become a favourite with dog lovers and celebrities.

But owning and breeding designer dogs like pugs and bulldogs is 'self-indulgent' and 'not cool', according to UK ministers. 

Several ministers have warned that breeding these dogs is leading to damaging genetic defects, which can cause severe health problems.

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With their squashed little noses and wrinkled faces, they have become a favourite with dog lovers. But owning and breeding designer dogs like pugs and bulldogs is 'self-indulgent', according to Lord Gardiner 

With their squashed little noses and wrinkled faces, they have become a favourite with dog lovers. But owning and breeding designer dogs like pugs and bulldogs is 'self-indulgent', according to Lord Gardiner 

THE HEALTH ISSUES 

The broad head shape seen in these dogs did not evolve naturally, and is instead the result of selective breeding.   

The facial structure of flat-faced dogs forces the breathing passages to be very compact. 

This, along with other structural elements of the body can lead to issues that include:

- Difficulty breathing when exercising

- Excess noises such as snorting and snoring

- Inability to properly regulate body temperature, which leads to heavy panting 

- An elongated palate, which can cause episodes of reverse sneezing which can consist of excessive gasps and wheezes 

Environment Minister Lord Gardiner of Kimble was speaking during a debate in the House of Lords this week, when he said that people should 'respect animals as they are.'

The pets Lord Gardiner was referring to include French bulldogs, pugs and Pekingese, which are bred to emphasise certain 'cute' features.

But this makes them susceptible to a number of severe health problems, including difficulty breathing, infection and eye problems.

Lord Trees added to the debate, claiming 'their popularity is increasing because of celebrity endorsements' and we need to do all we can to persuade people it's 'not cool'.

He added that many 'well-meaning' people buy these dogs without realising they'll 'suffer ill health and distress throughout their lives.'

The Government now plans to work with interested parties to see how the issue can be tackled through regulation and has already announced plans to clamp down on breeders to curb the trade.

Kelly Brook owns a pet pug

David Beckham is pictured with his pet bulldog

Lord Trees added to the debate, claiming 'their popularity is increasing because of celebrity endorsements' and we need to do all we can to persuade people it's 'not cool'. Picured are Kelly Brook and David Beckham

The warning comes just months after the RSPCA said selective breeding had become so extreme that it also caused the dogs pain and even prevented them from behaving normally.

Experts have called for urgent action and reforms to breeding standards to prevent increased animal suffering.

Sean Wensley, president of the British Veterinary Association, said: 'Prospective owners need to consider that these dogs can suffer from a range of health problems, from eye ulcers to severe breathing difficulties.

The pets Lord Gardiner was referring to include French bulldogs (pictured), pugs and Pekingese, which are bred to emphasise certain 'cute' features

The pets Lord Gardiner was referring to include French bulldogs (pictured), pugs and Pekingese, which are bred to emphasise certain 'cute'

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