Here's Starlight with my grandson. I know you've all heard about Starlight, that little terror-- :-). But, she loves my grandkids!
Flat faced dogs have a normal bottom jaw, but the top jaw is much shorter, causing the underbite. This makes it more difficult for them to breathe. So, here are some special tips on this breed.
The flat faced dogs can have small windpipes and get inflamation of the airways. So, it's critical to make sure they don't get overheated. And NEVER LEAVE A DOG IN THE CAR IN THE WARMER MONTHS.
With the flat-faced dogs, it is important to use a body harness, not just a collar (which should be on for identification, not to put a leash on). Pulling on a collar on a flat-faced dog can cause windpipe/trachea damage.
Don't walk the flat-faced dogs in the heat of the day-- they cannot cool down well enough. If you have no fenced area, just a short walk in front is fine until early or late in the day. Most who have flat-faced dogs know this.. but some don't realize these little dogs might go into heat stroke during the day when it's too hot to be out. They can't go jogging either-- they're not made for that. :-)
There must be air conditioning for flat-faced dogs. They cannot handle the humidity and need temperature controlled environments.
Flat-faced dogs need more care than a lot of dogs-- but they are so cute! I've had many and many fosters-- and I love every one!