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Common Health Problems in Brachycephalic Dog Breeds to Watch Out For


You already know your snub-nosed dog is endearing with that squishy little face or big round eyes or short squatty stature. But did you know all those traits that make your furry friend so charming can also make them susceptible to several health problems?

The sooner you understand and spot the unique health challenges that could affect your snub-nosed pal, the better prepared you’ll be to help increase your pet’s longevity, comfort level, and quality of life.

What is a Brachy Breed?  

Short for Brachycephalic, brach means shortened and cephalic means head. The term refers to dogs with a short nose or flat face. Essentially, the dog’s skull bones are shortened in length, giving them a face that looks smashed-in. We affectionally call them snub-nosed dogs.

Brachy breeds include English and French Bulldogs, Pugs, Boston Terriers, Pekingese, Shih Tzus, Boxers, and Chow Chows.

Common Health Issues

Brachycephalics are the result of decades of selective breeding to exaggerate their unique physical features which could include a short and wide skull, a bottom jaw that is disproportionately longer than their upper jaw, and a shortened spine. Their features can make brachy dogs more prone to these health issues.

Skin Conditions

Brachy breeds often can have deep skin folds around their muzzle, ears, eyes, and at the base of their tails, which can cause rubbing and moisture retention which can lead to increased growth of bacteria and yeast which can cause infection. The only symptom may be an unpleasant odor.  

Eye Conditions

Unlike other breeds, Brachy dogs have shallow eye sockets which makes their eyes appear larger and gives them a ‘pop eyed’ appearance. This is known as Brachycephalic Ocular Syndrome and can lead to several eye-related health risks including eye ulcers, Proptosis (eyes popping in front of the eyelids), Cherry Eye (a prolapsed tear gland), and other infections from fur rubbing against the eye. Symptoms vary with each condition, so a daily inspection of your brachy’s eyes can help keep these issues at bay.


Hip and Joint Conditions

Because brachy breeds often have short, stubby, and bowed legs, supporting their considerable body weight can cause hip and joint conditions including hip dysplasia and dislocation of the kneecap. Their stature can limit their movement including running, playing, and jumping.  Symptoms can include a change in the way your dog walks or behaves.  


Digestive Conditions

Because of their unique facial anatomy, brachy breeds are prone to breathing issues, which in turn can cause gastrointestinal problems. The symptoms usually include retching, regurgitation of food, reduced appetite, diarrhea, and a lack of energy.


What You Can Do To Help Your Snub Live His Best Life

Knowing your brachy is at increased risk for certain health problems, it’s important to stay vigilant and pay extra close attention to any physical or behavioral changes. The best defense against any health challenge is not to wait until a symptom occurs, but to prevent them from happening in the first place. Start with Snubbies™.

Snubbies are wellness products designed for the specialized needs of Brachycephalic breeds and are all-natural, made in the USA, vet-recommended, and contain a general wellness/immunity blend of proprietary branded ingredients—all backed by clinical data.

Keep your Snubbie happy and health with our all natural health and wellness chews!

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