And yet people in denial still buy them.. Yesterday I met this chap walking what he called a “Victorian” bulldog which is part of several experiments to breed a healthier bulldog – except they tend to fail for various reasons, primarily I understand because the gene pool never gets wide enough before inbreeding depression takes hold thus ruining the project before it gets far off the ground. Also since the dogs they start with, being bulldogs, are so fundamentally unhealthily constructed it would need a lot of outcrossed generations from which to select and hopefully take the project forward sustainably. I don’t know, it may be that some ‘breed a better bulldog’ projects are doing rather better than the one this man is involved with?
Anyway this poor chap with his “Victorian” bulldog seems a bit deluded. His dog cost him £1800 to buy and he has already spent huge amounts in vet bills to keep it going. The dog is four, somewhat obese and cannot walk more than a few hundred metres at most, as I witnessed. Yet it has a delightful temperament. The owner told me he hopes he can get it to, say, six years old.