It is now forbidden to breed two breeds of dogs in Norway. According to justice, it is about their well-being. A judgment that displeases their owners but which, according to the defenders of the animal cause, will have consequences on the breeding of other purebred dogs and beyond.

The judgment went somewhat unnoticed in the proliferation of Norwegian media, between rising electricity prices, management of the health crisis and tensions at the Ukrainian border. But the Oslo court decision, made public on January 31 and relating to two breeds only – English Bulldogs and Cavalier King Charles Spaniels –, “can have major consequences for the breeding of other animals in the country”, estimates the site of the television channel TV2.

At the end of 2020, the daily Dagbladet relayed the arguments of the Norwegian SPA, at the origin of the legal action against three canine societies and six individual breeders. According to the latter, “many dogs bred today experience major health issues throughout their lives”. This is particularly the case of the Cavalier King Charles, one of whose main concerns comes from a skull that is too narrow for the brain, causing headaches and pain in the spinal cord. As for the English bulldog, he would often be unable to give birth to his young naturally and would suffer from breathing difficulties, eye disorders and skin allergies.

Highly prized and expensive dogs

The court ruled in favor of the SPA in its judgment, relying on article 25 of the law on the protection of animals, which

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Anthony Jacob



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