I think that's... awful. I mean, you take a dog, breed it down until it's tiny and people all over the place call it cruel because of the potential damage to an average brain in a tiny skull, but you do the same to a horse and... AWE! I mean sure, he's adorable, but to a person who has little experience with mini's and lots of experience with average sized horses it makes me go 'oooh... that's not right'
Can't say I have ever heard accusations of cruelty in reference to toy sized dogs, so I don't see your argument holding much water. Then again, someone who admits to having little experience in something doesn't really hold much water when spouting off either.
Joe - all reports so far are that he shows no signs of dwarfism.
Alexischristina-i am not sure if he was bred down or if he was just born small it doesn't say anything abbout the mare or stallion so you really can not say he was bred to be that tiny
Shutupjoe-i think he is absolutely adorable even if he was bred to be that way
I wasn't talking about toy sized dogs, but when you really get into that business the new trend in a lot of places goes FAR beyond 'toy' sized dogs, so there's a huge difference. I myself own a toy poodle (... sorta? He's two inches too tall to clasify as a toy, but too short to be a standard, what do you call THAT?)
I'm just using my basic knowledge of Biology in that downbreeding shrunk the bone structure, but the size of the brain remained the same which can potentially result in pain/blindness/etc. Not that it always does, but it's been seen in other breeds- no, I don't have much experience with minis, I wasn't spouting, I was stating an opinion. (: