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post #1 of 12
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Just saw this on the news, about a 3in tall Maltese
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/worl...3ins-tall.html

It might not be the case in this story, but it drives me crazy when people breed the runt of the litter with another runt to produce smaller and smaller dogs. That is so irresponsible. here is what wikipedia says: "Very small dogs, however, are often runts. They are often unhealthy, or undernourished, or, if otherwise healthy, may suffer shortened life spans and health problems later in life due to extreme dwarfing. They are not normally suitable for breeding, and require special care."

And there is plenty of cases out there of breeders offering AKC registered tea cup dogs.....that fall way under the standards for the breed. It is a sad reality.
post #2 of 12
Things like this is why people suck.

Ms. McNight needs her head examined.
post #3 of 12
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Originally Posted by rockstarkitties View Post
Just saw this on the news, about a 3in tall Maltese
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/worl...3ins-tall.html

It might not be the case in this story, but it drives me crazy when people breed the runt of the litter with another runt to produce smaller and smaller dogs. That is so irresponsible. here is what wikipedia says: "Very small dogs, however, are often runts. They are often unhealthy, or undernourished, or, if otherwise healthy, may suffer shortened life spans and health problems later in life due to extreme dwarfing. They are not normally suitable for breeding, and require special care."

And there is plenty of cases out there of breeders offering AKC registered tea cup dogs.....that fall way under the standards for the breed. It is a sad reality.

Might as well get a darn hamster.
post #4 of 12
I didn't see where it said she was the breeder. She may have just gotten a puppy that didn't grow properly. At least she's caring for him and making sure he's loved and safe.
post #5 of 12
People like Paris Hilton are partially to blame This whole "handbag dog" craze where girls see small dogs as fashion accessories instead of living beings has led to disreputable breeders offering "teacups" "microminis" and other runt dogs.

ckblv you said almost exactly what I usually say: if a five lb dog is too big for you, get a hamster.
post #6 of 12
At least they're considered special and precious so that once they exist they're taken care of...but, yeah, intentionally making them is kind of awful because usually there are other problems that go into making them so small, and compounding that to make them smaller doesn't sit right. Also, if a micromini female accidentally bred with a normal-sized male she'd definitely have problems.
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Originally Posted by ckblv View Post
Might as well get a darn hamster.
Amen to that
post #8 of 12
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Originally Posted by badgeygirl View Post
I didn't see where it said she was the breeder. She may have just gotten a puppy that didn't grow properly. At least she's caring for him and making sure he's loved and safe.
I do not think she is a breeder either. That's why I mentioned it might not be the case in this story. She seems to trully care for the puppy. What I have a problem with is with people that intentionally breed them smaller and smaller on purpose.

I am sure she will get plenty of offers for stud service
post #9 of 12
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'For the first 10 weeks or so I didn't really want him,' she told the New Zealand Press Association.
'I thought nah, someone else can have him. But over time I've fallen in love with him.
I think she IS the breeder...
post #10 of 12
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Originally Posted by rockstarkitties View Post
I am sure she will get plenty of offers for stud service
How will it even...um...you know...

I'm gonna go with "hang on to the female" as the problem most suitable for mentioning in polite company :p
post #11 of 12
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Originally Posted by KatKisses View Post
I think she IS the breeder...
She could have been planning to buy one of the litter and checking the litter out over time, I suppose.
post #12 of 12
Maybe, still very sad that so many think it's fine.
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