Is it time for the U.S. to go Dutch?

One veterinarian’s personal take on brachycephalic breed bans in the Netherlands

By the time you read this I’ll have come and gone on a weeklong, early springtime trip to Amsterdam. While the greenery is heady and the artwork splendid, the Netherlands offers plenty of attractions beyond Vermeer, Van Gogh, tulips, and space cookies. The locals are always a draw, too. I mean, who but the Dutch would be the first to enact a ban on the breeding of brachycephalic pets?

Leave it to the progressive, animal welfare-minded people of the Netherlands to declare that something should be done about the proliferation of brachycephalic pets beyond the quasi-sincere hand-wringing and teeth-gnashing we do here in the United States. While we’re busy rolling our eyes over every paraparetic Frenchie or pug with a cleft palate,...


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