Tell Online Breeder to Stop the Breeding and Sale of Teacup Dogs

Target: Boutique Teacup Puppies

Goal: Stop breeding and selling trendy teacup dogs

Over the past few years, so called “teacup” dog breeds have become popular in the United States and around the world.  Teacup dogs are smaller versions of already small dog breeds that grow to a full size of four pounds or less.  These dogs can be appealing because of their small size, the fact that they need less exercise than normal dogs, and can even be trained to use a litter box.  However, these dogs are often the result of questionable breeding practices, and are prone to major health problems.

Usually, teacup dogs are the result of breeding two already undersized dogs together, which can be a danger to both the mother and the puppies. They are also sometimes inbred with siblings or other close relatives.  Even after the puppies are born, they can be starved or underfed to maintain their small size.  Despite this blatant mistreatment, these tiny dogs are sold for thousands of dollars, more as fashion accessories than as pets.

The health problems associated with teacup breeds are also severe.  Some problems are come from being inbred, and others are due to the small size of the dogs.  They are prone to hypoglycemia, heart problems, and respiratory problems, and usually don’t live very long.  These dogs live short, often painful and unhappy lives.

One of the biggest vendors of these puppies is Boutique Teacup Puppies, a Texas-based online company that sells these dogs for thousands, some for upwards of $6,000.  It seems as though the people running this site care more about making a profit than the treatment and well-being of the animals they are selling.  Teacup dogs are not a recognized breed and should not be allowed to be sold.  Something needs to be done to stop the inhumane breeding of teacup dogs.


Dear Boutique Teacup Puppies,

As one of the largest online vendors of teacup dogs, you must be aware of the questionable breeding practices and health problems associated with these dogs.  They can be inbred and malnourished, and live short, illness-ridden lives.  Although teacup dogs are very popular and sell for thousands of dollars, it is essential that you stop selling them.  It is unfair to the dogs that have to live their short lives as tiny fashion accessories, and also to the owners who end up paying thousands of dollars for their dog, as well as thousands of dollars in health costs.

The real issue, however, is the dogs.  It appears as though you care more about making money from these dogs than their treatment and well-being.  There is nothing stopping you from breeding and selling healthy, normal-sized dogs instead of sickly, mistreated teacup dogs.  Teacup breeds are not officially recognized by the American Kennel Club, and with good reason.  The practice of breeding teacup puppies is unfair and inhumane.  Please help end this selfish practice, and stop the sale of teacup puppies.


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