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Brachycephalic Skull in Dogs


Brachycephalic means “shortened head” and refers to the short nose and flat face of dogs. Brachycephalic dogs describes a condition where the dog’s skull is relatively broad and short, typically with the breadth measured around 80% of the length. It is a breed specific condition that can cause snorting and snoring. These ailments may seem harmless, but these common issues of short nosed dogs mean the dog’s airway is partially obstructed, and this can become worse over time if left untreated.

Affected Breeds

Some dog breeds are considered brachycephalic by nature. Here is a list of dog breeds that are considered ‘extreme brachycephalic.’

Here are some other dog breeds that may be considered ‘brachycephalic.’

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