Vets' warning over French bulldogs and health bills for families

The craze for French bulldogs – driven by celebrity ownership – is poised to make the breed the most popular in Britain this year.

However, vets yesterday warned that the trend is going to lead to a canine health crisis.

The flat-faced breed suffers from a string of health problems and owners are likely to be landed with large vet bills in the future. 

Now the Royal Veterinary College has asked families to seriously consider if French bulldogs are ‘really for them’.

The craze for French bulldogs – driven by celebrity ownership – is poised to make the breed the most popular in Britain this year. However, vets yesterday warned that the trend is going to lead to a canine health crisis. Above, presenter Holly Willoughby owns French bulldog Benny

In the UK’s first-ever study of the breed – known as Frenchies – the RVC found them to be beset with breathing problems. 

It also found the big-eared and snub-nosed pets are prone to ear infections, diarrhoea and conjunctivitis.

French bulldogs – which can sell for more than £1,500 – have risen in popularity 73-fold over the past ten years in Britain.

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