“Hypertype” dogs and cats are the victims of their success – Liberation

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Encouraged by fads, the excessive exaggeration of breed-specific traits through genetic selection is detrimental to animal health. If several countries have chosen to ban them, France is lagging behind.

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Have you ever heard of the Scottish Fold? This short-haired cat, originally from Scotland, has such a special baby face that it is popular, especially with stars (Taylor Swift, Ed Sheeran, etc.). Indeed, the breed, recognized as such in the United States in the 1970s after its discovery in the United Kingdom ten years earlier, is characterized by ears folded forwards, which border on the cuteness that the Internet loves. And that’s the problem: this very Instagrammable morphology is the consequence of a genetic mutation, also responsible for a pathology, osteochondrodysplasia, which leads to disabling and incurable osteoarthritis of the joints up to paralysis.

Sufferings linked to the hypertype – that is to say the excessive exaggeration of traits specific to a race by genetic selection – which plead for more restrictive measures than necessary awareness campaigns. Some countries have, for example, opted for prohibition in the face of fashion effects, fueled by social networks. Thus, the breed is in the hot seat in Belgium where, after Flanders and the Brussels-Capital region, the Walloon animal welfare council asked at the beginning of the year

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