|Kennel Club registered - Britishbullz Fat Jack|
Last year, the UK Kennel Club registered over 60,000 Bulldog, French Bulldog and Pug puppies and fewer than five per cent of these puppies were born to parents whose breathing had been tested before they were bred. This despite respiratory issues being their number one health issue.
His pedigree name is Britishbullz Fat Jack - born in the UK on 9th June 2022 (incorrectly registered as fawn).
Here's what he looked like as a pup:
Here is his sister:
Fat Jack was exported to the US earlier this year and, thanks to the reciprocal agreement between the UK Kennel Club and the American Kennel Club, Fat Jack is now registered with the AKC.
Fat Jack's sire is Jackpot of Cheshire - a dog that sired 19 KC litters until his death in June 2022 at the age of just 18 months.
Jackpot's sire is four-year-old Topboy Bully, still only four years old. He has sired - wait for it - 80 KC-registered litters.
And Topboy Bully's sire is Burleybulls Nemesis, who has sired 160 KC-registered litters.
"We're just a register!" is the KC's defence. And indeed, the KC makes it clear in their small-print that KC registration is no guarantee of a quality dog.
"Think of us as the DVLA for dogs," said a spokesperson for the KC recently. But cars have to meet manufacturing guidelines before they can be sold and they require annual tests to ensure their road-worthiness.
I have always been sympathetic to the argument that it is better to register these dogs than not. After all, if the KC had not registered them I couldn't give you the above info.
But it is deeply shocking that dogs like Fat Jack and his relatives are being bred and legitimised through KC registration.
Being able to breathe is something just SO fundamental to quality of life - and the situation is now just SO serious that we need to do something.