(Closed) Bradycephalic (Short Nosed) Dogs and Exercise

posted 7 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2009

I have a french bulldog, unfortunately he is not able to do long stretches, and we live in texas so we are in the mid 90’s during the day, so …i know… i know …its dorky, but we push him in a jogger stroller that is made for kids (we got it for $15 at a flea market and he loves it!). He is included without over exerting himself. The heat really makes my guy have a rough time cooling down he pants uncontrolably and drinks to no end.  I have had Bostons before and they seem to have similar problems to the frenchies. Good Luck and stay cool!

 

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

I have a pug and I was told to not walk her more than a block or two when it’s over 80. I keep the ac on for her too. They do get overheated very quickly so I’m really careful with her:)

Post # 5
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

We have 2 bostons, and while they enjoy going on walks, they get tired pretty quick. We just let them run around the yard for about a half an hour and it seems to get their energy out.

Post # 6
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

Btw I believe it’s brachycephalic.

Post # 9
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Helper bee

I edited this because it was too wordy. 

The rule of thumb for brachys is 45-80 degrees is optimum workout weather. The hotter it gets, the more danger there is for heat and cold related issues. Your dog will let you know when they’ve had too much so long as you don’t push them. Take water, and you should be okay. 1 mile is a hell of a workout for a Boston. My boxer doesn’t even like to go 1 mile.

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

Also, brachycephalic breeds can also have issues with their nares or palates that can cause further breathing/exertion problems. Its really only normal for these breeds -to a point. Bostons are particularly active and many should have good exercise tolerance.

Your boston does not look particularly short/flat nosed so I might talk to your vet about what to expect from her or if there are any other underlying issues.

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