Trade Me bans sale of pugs, British bulldogs, French bulldogs over health concerns
Trade Me is banning the sale of three breeds of dog which suffer from a severe breathing condition. From March 1, pugs, British bulldogs and French bulldogs will be banned for sale on Trade Me. This includes purebreds and cross breeds, which all suffer from Brachycephalic Obstructive Airway Syndrome (BOAS). The New Zealand Veterinary Association has described the life of these flat-faced breeds as like "spending your whole day trying to breathe through a pillow".