FECAVA: Healthy Breeding
Raising awareness about health and welfare issues associated with excessive breed-related traits such as brachycephaly is important to FECAVA. The Federation has recently adopted a Europe-wide position paper on this topic.
The Cambridge BOAS Research Group opened their new website in 2016. Great information on their programs and progress. Also background information on BOAS at a level for informed breeders, veterinarians and others. There are possibilities for dog owners and breeders in the UK to participate in and support this work.
Owners and breeders: See the flyer for an overview.
Brachycephalics: Research and Veterinary: External Resources
Epidemiological associations between brachycephaly and upper respiratory tract disorders in dogs attending veterinary practices in England
O'Neill et al. Canine Genetics and Epidemiology
Impact of Facial Conformation on Canine Health: Brachycephalic Obstructive Airway Syndrome
See IPFD article: The Brachycephalic Issue -- Evidence and Efforts for discussion.
Strategies for the management and prevention of conformation-related respiratory disorders in brachycephalic dogs
(same article - internal - attached - VMRR-60475-on-the-management-of-respiratory-issues-in-brachycephalic-do_060415.pdf)
Perioperative Management of Brachycephalic Dogs
Brachycephalic syndrome; new information on an old congenital disease Veterinary Focus, Vol. 20, No 2, 2010
General interest articles
UFAW: 29 October 2015: Research shows high risk of breathing problems in dogs with short muzzles
Findings highlight that snuffling, grunting and snorting in popular breeds isn't normal or healthy
Breed Standards and outcrossing discussed at brachycephalic conference
The Royal Veterinary College: Press Release, May 2012 - Worrying numbers of "short-nosed" dog owners do not believe their pets to have breathing problems, despite observing severe clinical signs
AVMA: Air Travel and Short-Nosed Dogs FAQ
AKC: Airlines Domestic (US) travel advisory (2014) - Brachycephalic breeds are subject to specific carriers regulations.
AKC-CHF: Brachycephalic Research Shows Body Condition Is Key to Thermoregulation
AKCCHF Thermoregulation in Brachycephalic Dogs - Dr Mike Davis
Wikipedia List of brachycephalic dogs
Breeds with less extreme brachycephalia, such as the Boxer, have less compromised thermoregulation and thus are more tolerant of vigorous exercise and heat.
American Pit Bull Terrier
American Staffordshire Terrier
Bull Terrier The bull terrier is dolichocephalic breed
Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
Dogue de Bordeaux
King Charles Spaniel