01 May '16, 10am

Why “Handbag Dogs” Are Filling Shelters https://t.co/BjZ4ESigAl

Why “Handbag Dogs” Are Filling Shelters https://t.co/BjZ4ESigAl

The idea of a tiny dog poking its head our of your purse while you tote it around may sound cute, but this trend is connected to a horrible reality: the increased abandonment of small dog breeds. As more and more people realize that smaller size doesn't mean smaller responsibility, these “purse dogs” are the ones paying the price. The Blue Cross Rehoming Centre serving the United Kingdom reported a 120 percent increase of small breeds filling its shelters from 2010 to 2015. Some of the top breeds being abandoned include the Yorkshire terrier, the Chihuahua, the Cavalier King Charles spaniel, the bichon frise and the shih tzu. Many people seem to see these little dogs more as fashion accessories than animals, often underestimating the amount of care they need. Celebrities including Paris Hilton, Simon Cowell and Britney Spears have popularized the idea of carrying tiny dogs...

Full article: http://blog.theanimalrescuesite.com/cs-purse-dogs-why/

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