Why Your Bulldog Has a Fear of Flying
U.S. Department of Transportation data shows that since 2005, English bulldogs have suffered the most midair doggie deaths among purebreds. Pugs came in second.
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Dan Bandy, chairman of the Bulldog Club of America's health committee, blamed the short snouts for those particular breeds' higher die rate.
"The way all dogs cool themselves is basically through respiration, either just panting or the action of breathing in or out, is a method of heat exchange for them," Bandy tells the Associated Press. "A dog that has a long snout or a long muzzle has more surface area within its nasal cavity for that heat exchange to take place."
Some airlines reportedly forbid short-snouted breeds from flying as cargo during the hot months.