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Department of Veterinary Medicine

Cambridge Veterinary School

2015 Welcome Lajos and Eileen to join the BOAS team!

A proportion of brachycephalic dogs suffer severe BOAS, but not all dogs of a given breed are equally affected. Our study at the moment concentrates on bulldogs, French bulldogs and pugs. We have developed a non-invasive technique to objectively measure respiratory function using whole-body barometric plethysmography (WBBP). To understand why some dogs suffer BOAS and others do not, we are conducting studies to find the association between disease progression and dimensions of the skull and upper airway tract conformation. DNA samples are also collected to look at the genetic basis of BOAS. The aim of our research is to improve the health and welfare of brachycephalic dogs by reducing the incidence of severe BOAS and so give the dogs a better quality of life.

 More details about the current studies:


Our research is financially supported by:


 We would also like to acknowledge the great support we have received from:

  • All participating dogs and their owners
  • Birmingham & Midland Counties Bulldog Club
  • Bulldog Breed Council
  • French Bulldog Club of England
  • Junior Bulldog Club
  • Midland & Northern Counties French Bulldog Club
  • Northern Pug Dog Club
  • Pennie & Scottish French bulldog Club
  • Pug Dog Club
  • Rochdale & District Bulldog Club
  • The Kennel Club
  • West Pennine Pug Dog Club