Any breeders of Cavalier King Charles Spaniels or English Bulldogs who happen to live in Norway are now banned from continuing to breed the dogs, after a ruling was handed down by the Oslo District Court. The ruling was announced by Animal Protection Norway, and it states due to ongoing health issues with these particular breeds, breeding the dogs is in violation of the Norway Animal Welfare Act.
An update on the ruling was made by Animal Protection Norway and states, "For many decades, sick dogs have been bred illegally. What is happening here is a systematic and organized betrayal of our four-legged friends. Today it was finally determined that this is a violation of the law."
While the ruling does put a ban on breeding English Bulldogs and Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, the group also noted that it might not be enough to prevent cross-breeding from occurring. The update states, "A guilty verdict does not mean that the ban on serious breeding of Bulldogs or Cavaliers could mean that serious and scientifically practiced cross-breeding could be a well-suited alternative."
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The statement from the group continues, "In Norway, we have the infrastructure and technology to achieve good, scientifically based breeding work. Our dogs deserve to take good advantage of this development, and the way we breed dogs must be constantly adapted to the knowledge available at any given time."
Common health issues in English Bulldogs include heart disease, eye problems, thyroid problems, and luxating patella, to name a few. As for health problems in Cavaliers, issues also include heart disease and luxating patella, in addition to hip displasia and cataracts.
While the ruling is a win for dogs in Norway, it serves as a grim reminder of unethical breeding practices that continue to happen here in the U.S. There are so many adoptable dogs in shelters who need rescue and are awaiting loving homes, which is seen by many as the best option for bringing a pet into the family.
However, for those who do intend on getting a dog from a breeder, it's imperative to do thorough research to make sure the breeder in question is caring for and breeding the dogs in an ethical and safe way.