I received a message from the RSPCA this week with regards to their Born to Suffer campaign. A new report was released last week suggesting some of the UK's native breeds including the Red Setter are heading towards extinction because of the rise in popularity of more exotic breeds.
The "handbag dog" craze fuelled by our increasing obsession with celebrities is the most likely cause for the spike in popularity of dogs like the chihuahua. The RSPCA says that small dogs bred to look a certain way regardless of their health, can be prone to breathing problems and broken bones because of their tiny physique.
Read more about celebrity pets and their exaggerated features in the RSPCA's special flip book.
If you haven't already, please add your name to this petition calling for the health and welfare of dogs to be prioritised over their looks and for breed standards to be changed.
Don't forget to tell your friends on Facebook and Twitter!