The next New York Times magazine covers the future of the bulldog in a lengthy and quite fascinating feature online here. Bulldogs, writes Benoit Denizet-Lewis, are a particularly troubled canine. Along with their notable breathing difficulties — a side effect of their massive yet smushed heads — they have trouble moving around and can neither mate nor give birth without assistance. Some vets would like to see the bulldog redesigned, including a longer snout, fewer blubbery skin folds, wider hips, a longer tail and a leaner build. But this, points out the American Kennel Club and the Bulldog Club of America, would make it look less like a bulldog.