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 (brăk′ĭ-sə-făl′ĭk) also brach·y·ceph·a·lous (-sĕf′ə-ləs)
Having a short, broad head with a cephalic index over 80.

brach′y·ceph′a·ly (-sĕf′ə-lē), brach′y·ceph′a·lism n.


(Pathology) having a head nearly as broad from side to side as from front to back, esp one with a cephalic index over 80
(Pathology) an individual with such a head
ˌbrachyˈcephaly, ˌbrachyˈcephalism n


(ˌbræk i səˈfæl ɪk)

also brach•y•ceph•a•lous

(-ˈsɛf ə ləs)

short-headed; having a cephalic index of 81.0–85.4.
[1840–50; brachy- + -cephalic]
brach`y•ceph′a•ly, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.brachycephalic - an adult with a short broad head
adult, grownup - a fully developed person from maturity onward
Adj.1.brachycephalic - having a short broad head with a cephalic index of over 80
dolichocephalic, dolichocranial, dolichocranic - having a relatively long head with a cephalic index of under 75
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It's remarkable that despite breathing problems caused by the squashed face we call brachycephalic, bulldogs of all types (American, Olde English, Victorian, English etc) are making a comeback too.
Many airlines refuse to transport certain breeds of dogs, notably pugs, bulldogs and other brachycephalic breeds, due to the respiratory issues from which these animals are prone to suffer.
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The organization's purpose is to rescue brachycephalic dogs -- mostly French bulldogs, Boston terriers, pugs and English bulldogs -- from shelters and owners who can no longer keep them, and place them into loving homes.
Brachycephalic (short-headed) dogs, particularly bulldogs, and those with upper airway disease especially are susceptible to overheating during hot, humid days.
Between these two distinct canine cranium shapes are many variations that are also breed specific but can't be neatly categorized as brachycephalic or dolichocephalic, such as the rounded skull of the Chihuahua or the downward pointing snout of the Bull terrier.