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If ever there was an animal that most exemplified a Shakespearean tragedy, it'd be the pug. The same features that have made them Instagram stars and one of the most popular dog breeds - their mushy cubed heads, bulging big eyes and never-ending folds - also underlie the multitude of health problems from which they suffer. A new study published this week in the BMJ suggests that the plights of pugdom are even worse than we thought.

Scientists have long understood that dogs with flat faces like pugs and bulldogs are the result of out-of-control selective breeding. But they have yet to discover the exact genetic mutation that's responsible for the physical traits of these dogs. A new study has gone a long way towards finding the answer and could have implications for the health of these beleaguered canines.