Brachycephalic Dogs And Cats

Estimated Reading Time: 1 min | Last Updated: June 26th, 2018

Short nosed breeds of canine and feline pets

Brachycephalic dog and cat breeds are very popular in Australia and come with genetic and medical concerns every owner should be aware of. These breeds are recognised by their short or “stubby” nose and include (but are not limited to) the breeds listed below. 

Brachycaphelic dogs

  • Boston Terrier
  • Boxer
  • Bulldog
  • Bullmastiff
  • Chihuahua
  • Chow Chow
  • Dogue de Bordeaux
  • English Mastiff
  • French Bulldog
  • Japanese Chin
  • King Charles Spaniel
  • Lhasa Apso
  • Neopolitan Mastiff
  • Newfoundland
  • Pekingese
  • Pug
  • Shar Pei
  • Shih Tzu

Brachycephalic Cats 

  • British Shorthair
  • Exotic Shorthair
  • Himalayan
  • Persian


Further reading for owners of Brachycephalic pets:

Heat Stroke – The Symptoms in Pets – These breeds are more susceptible to heat stroke because the ability for them to cool themselves isn’t as effective as other breeds due to their genetic make up. 

What To Do If Your Pet Drinks Sea Water – Aspiration is a concern for these breeds as they are susceptible to breathing the fluid into their lungs. The simple activity of running through the surf may be more of a cause for concern for these breeds compared to others. 

Breeds To Watch In And Around Water – breeds to watch closely in and around water because of their propensity to breathe in the water while swimming or running around. 

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