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Do English bulldogs and other short-snouted dogs need special care in the summer heat?

English bulldogs are brachycephalic dogs, which means that they have been bred over the past 200 years or so to have a very short nose. Other brachycephalic dogs include pugs, French bulldogs, boxers, Boston terriers, Cavalier King Charles spaniels, Shih Tzus, Lhasa apsos and their crossbreeds.

They are very popular pets because of their personable natures and adorably snub faces. However, their short snouts make brachycephalic breeds prone to a multitude of health problems, particularly breathing problems that can become more complicated in the heat.

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