Pearl, a 2-year-old Chihuahua, has officially been named the world’s shortest living dog by Guinness World Records, the organization announced this week.
The tiny pet, which is just over 9cm tall, comes from a line of miniature pooches — her now-deceased aunt, Miracle Millie, held the previous record for the smallest living dog.
The record-keeping organization said the pearl is both “smaller than a Popsicle stick” and about as long as a dollar bill. It also weighs 1.22 pounds.
“We’re blessed to have him,” said Pearl’s owner Vanessa Semler. “And to have this unique opportunity to break our own record and share this amazing news with the world.”
Guinness World Records
Pearl’s official measurements were completed using a dog wicket meter at the veterinarian’s office in Florida where she was born. He was measured three times from the base of the forefoot to the middle of the shoulder blade in accordance with Guinness World Records rules.
Pearl was recently introduced to the world at an Italian talent show organized by Guinness World Records, where she – unusually for a Chihuahua – calmly greeted a large live audience, the organization said in a press release.
She has been described as a “diva” and her owner says she enjoys the finer things in life — high-quality chicken and salmon, shopping and “wearing beautiful clothes.”
The smallest dog recorded by Guinness World Records was a 7.11-centimeter-tall Yorkshire terrier from the United Kingdom that died before its second birthday in 1945, according to the organization.
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