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Dutch crackdown on brachycephalic breeds

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By Matthew Limb

The Dutch government is stepping up enforcement of laws against breeding brachycephalic dogs.

While breeding of dogs with abnormalities that could harm the health of the parent or offspring has been banned since 2014, in a fresh crackdown, the Dutch government has set out animal welfare criteria and a classification system for measuring external characteristics to help inspectors better enforce existing legislation and uphold breeding standards.

The traffic light system of head measurement has three categories – red, orange and green.

  • Code ‘red’ under the system applies to dogs with a …

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