How Dog Breeds Have Changed Over the Last 100 Years

Dogs have lived side by side with humans for thousands of years. Although we can only guess how our dogs looked in the very beginning, we can easily compare them with dogs that lived a century ago. In quite a short time, some breeds have changed beyond recognition because of human influence.

Some dogs became better, and some…not so much! But we think that dogs are still cuties anyway!

English Bulldog


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This dog has become more massive and stockier. The chest has become wider, the legs have become shorter, and the face is more flattened now. The Bulldog also has more skin hanging on its body. Unfortunately, modern Bulldogs suffer from a number of health issues, and the average life span of the breed is six and a quarter years.

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137 thoughts on “How Dog Breeds Have Changed Over the Last 100 Years

  1. There would be no (domestic) dog breeds were it not for human interference. And you’ll probably find that some traits have improved over the years. And that bulldog is an extreme example of a modern version!.

  2. Sorry for your loss, its horrible to see them deteriorate 🙁 thankfully roxy only suffered for a week. Felt awful for putting her down though but she wouldn’t have been happy and I knew I made the right decision. Xx

  3. what a shame kennel clubs have established such firm standards – they’re not all good. Any why are any dogs being docked or cropped in this day and age? No reason for it.

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