Bizarre ‘doggie wedding’ is an internet hit, but is it cute or cruel?

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Updated: December 6, 2012

THE bride might look a bit wuff and the groom’s dressed like a dog’s dinner – but it hasn’t stopped this video of a ‘doggie wedding’ becoming a hit on YouTube.

A bizarre clip shows a pair of Pekingese puppies – complete with a wedding dress, top hat and tails and two canine bridesmaids – as they appear to get married, with a little help from their owner.

The footage was unearthed from the archive of newsreel company British Pathe – and it’s built up a cult following since it was posted on the internet.

But is it funny or cruel? While many viewers have posted comments to say they find the footage adorable, others have questioned whether or not it is right to dress up animals as humans.

The clip was filmed in 1956 for a feature about a champion dog breeder Alexandra Williams.

A plummy voiced narrator tells the audience: “Let’s introduce this dashing bridegroom … far from being scared of marriage this chap apparently couldn’t wait. At least the bride is the same age, just five months old!”

The film, called Freaky Pekes, goes on to show puppies Ts’Zee and his ‘bride’ Toydom as they pose with bouquets and their bridesmaids.

A spokesman for British Pathe said: “Freaky Pekes is a bit of a controversial clip. It’s effectively a puppet show with people behind the table holding the dogs upright in their miniature gowns.

“It’s from the 1950s when competitive dog breeding was en vogue and Pekingnese were the hot dog of the day.

“We can see why the clip appealed to Pathe’s cameras in a time of early colour and with a strong post-war demand for light relief and trivial entertainment.”

The controversial film has caused a debate online.

One YouTube viewer wrote: “It’s cruel to do this to animal(s)… but kinda cute.”

Another added: “I love puppies and dogs. Dressed up is not cute or funny. Why not respect them just as they are?!”

You can view more archive videos from British Pathe at www.britishpathe.com

PHOTOS: British Pathe

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