The Real Reason Why “Handbag Dogs” Are Filling Shelters

The idea of carrying a purse around with a tiny dog poking its head out may sound cute, but this trend is akin to a horrible reality: the increased abandonment of small dog breeds. More and more people realize that smaller size does not mean smaller responsibility. Unfortunately, these “purse dogs” are the ones paying the price.

The Blue Cross Rehoming Centre in the U. K. reported a 120 percent increase of small breeds filling its shelters from 2010 to 2015. The top breeds being abandoned include Yorkshire Terrier, Chihuahua, Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Bichon Frise and Shih Tzu. Too many people view these little dogs more as fashion accessories than animals.  They underestimate the amount of care they need. Celebrities including Paris Hilton, Simon Cowell, and Britney Spears have popularized the idea of carrying tiny dogs in a tote bag or purse.


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