What does "bitchs teats" mean in the the sentence "The adolescent mulatto girl, with her small bitchs teats, was naked on the bed" from the fictional book "100 Years of Solitude"?

The surrounding sentences don't expand on the meaning of this description and mearly add the context of prostitution, and of coercion of both the girl and the protagonist entering the room.

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    A bitch is a female dog, and they don't have very big teats. But it's not an expression that has any currency, which is why Márquez has to explicitly specify small. Commented Aug 19, 2016 at 15:16
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    The expression simply means that the girl's breasts were similar to those of a female dog. This site doesn't do literary analysis, but I guess the narrator didn't care much for the sight.
    – Andrew Leach
    Commented Aug 19, 2016 at 15:46
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    I'd say instead the narrator didn't care much for the person on the bed.
    – gnasher729
    Commented Aug 19, 2016 at 16:34
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    NB: This book is a translation of Cien años de soledad; the (original) book is not in English.
    – Řídící
    Commented Aug 19, 2016 at 16:57
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Is the "s" at the end of "bitch" in the actual (translated) text? If so, that's an error. Should be either "small bitch teats" or "small bitch's teats." Or maybe even "small bitches' teats." In any case, it's a metaphor, as this adolescent girl did not actually have the mammary glands of a female dog. The narrator apparently thinks her breasts were sized and shaped in such a way as to resemble those of a female dog. Not a fetching picture, but one that presents the girl as a figure to be pitied rather than hated.

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