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The Price of the Commodity: “Teacup” Puppies

There is a disturbing commodity in the puppy breading world which goes against nature and crosses ethical boundaries. Cute and adorable it may look, but due to the way it is bred this so called “teacup” puppy is so fragile that its bones are injured quickly and its life span is reduced. It is not a ‘natural’ breed in the way that, say, a Labrador is.

The “teacup” puppy is a product of either intentionally manipulating the fertilization of a dog or breeding two very undersized dogs together.[1] The body needs weight to support its organs, and owning a dog that looks different and tiny should not be a joke marketed around.

Unaware of the unethical breeding practices, buyers of these “teacup” puppies may find it adorable to carry around a tiny little dog in their purse but meanwhile the real life, breathing dog is reduced to a toy.



picture from www.teacuppuppiesstore.com

The health problems that these puppies have are serious and their life span is drastically reduced. At the risk of upsetting people: these puppies have potential for hypoglycaemia, cardiac problems, collapsing trachea, seizures, blindness and many more.[2] It is their short life span, as well as constant trips to the vet, that has alerted some of those who have purchased the puppies to the reality of the situation. They sell at a high price and this merely fuels the unethical breeding practices.[3]

I was looking at puppies for hours when I saw this one. She was absolutely adorable, and I fell in love. She laid in my arms and fell asleep. She was really easy, but I thought it was just because of her personality and the fact that she was tired. I didn’t know it was because she was sick. She died two days later.[4]



picture from teacuppuppiesstore.com


History shows how people are quick to follow trends without questioning their origins. An example of such a commodity is ivory, which was taken from the tusks of elephants and only stopped being used as the keyboards on pianos and in decorative pieces in people’s households during the 1970’s.

It is a different matter, of course, to provide a home for a dog that has been in shelter, is blind or ill from natural causes. Something about the tiny size of these puppies just looks unnatural.



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About Judith Brown

I did an MA in English literature at Kings College London where I wrote a dissertation on representations of characters with learning difficulties. I am very imaginative and write on a range of topics. I like to read, listen to music and draw.

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