Here's How 12 Famous Dog Breeds Changed in 100 Years

Posted on May 29, 2017

Over the past century, dogs have been raised and cross-bred, and all of that resulted in some extraordinary deviations. However, we never wonder about the way dogs have changed over time because we're too focused on petting our adorable little buddies. But how have those changes affected them?

Many of these changes have not only affected their looks but also, their characteristics, behavior, and in some cases, their health. In fact, some dog breeds have developed many health issues over time because of crossbreeding.

Let's take a look at some famous dog breeds and see how they have changed over the past century.

1. St. Bernard after 100 Years

St. Bernard after 100 Years
St. Bernards are dogs which accompanied Roman soldiers in the past. In more recent years, they gained a reputation as excellent rescue dogs.

After 100 years, their fur changed and it got much thicker and bushier. Their heads have also gotten wider, and the angle between their forehead and their snout has changed.

2. Pugs Were Royal Dogs

Pugs Were Royal Dogs
This dog breed, while very popular, has been scandalously altered and the looks of the dogs have changed a lot.

In fact, because of that, they are prone to health problems such as heart conditions and high blood pressure, eye injuries, and obesity.

This breed originally came to Europe from China during the 16th century. In China and Europe, they belonged to royalty.

3. English Bulldog

English Bulldog
English Bulldogs have developed many problems because of excessive breeding.

It’s a dreadful fact, but most of them have some kind of health issue. Studies have found that on average, their life span is 6 to 8 years.

They suffer from every single complication flaw you can imagine, as a direct consequence of excessive breeding.

4. Dachshund's Evolution

Dachshund's Evolution
Dachshunds used to have better body proportions. But, nowadays, they have a longer head and torso while the back legs are sensitive.

Their necks and legs have changed over time, and their biggest weakness is their spine. They develop many problems in their back because of the way their body has changed.

5. Bull Terrier after a Century

Bull Terrier after a Century
The changes in their bodies and heads are visible in these two photos.

Breeding has completely changed the Bull Terrier of today. They are extremely prone to teeth complications due to the enlargement of their skulls. Their attitude has also changed, and they became more aggressive.
Here's How 12 Famous Dog Breeds Changed in 100 Years
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