Greetings Fellow Pekies,
Monday once again it is time for your weekly episode of “Aunty Aggie’s Advice & Information.”
In a previous post, Everything You Need to Know About Pekingese Health, we briefly covered various conditions to which Pekingese are generally prone, but in the following weeks we will cover conditions in more depth, some of which are believed to be genetic or inherited.
Today’s discussion covers a condition called Brachycephalic Airway Obstruction Syndrome (BAOS), more commonly referred to as just Brachycephalic Syndrome, which is common to breeds which have a comparatively short head, including the Pug, Bulldog, Boston Terrier, Boxer, Shih tzu, Pekingese, Lhasa Apso, Brussels Griffon, and Japanese Chin.
The term “brachycephalic” is Greek for “short head.” BAOS is caused by brachycephaly and is an inherited defect that is a consequence of selection for the abnormal head shape of these breeds.