Standing just 10.16 cm (4 in), the World’s Smallest Dog Living in terms of height is Boo Boo, a long-haired female Chihuahua, owned by Lana Elswick of Raceland, Kentucky, USA.
Boo Boo was only about the size of a thumb when she was born; so small, in fact, that she had to be fed with an eye dropper every two hours before she could eventually nurse a bottle. Owner Lana Elswick has bred Chihuahuas for over 20 years and says she always knew her one-year-old pooch was special. “I saw this contest going on between these two little dogs and I knew I had the smallest one, but I just had to wait until I got my certificate to really show everyone,” Mrs Elswick said.
Boo Boo took the title from a fellow male long-haired Chihuahua called Ducky,(pictured above), who measured 12.38 cm (4.9 in) tall on 4 June 2007 and is owned by Lisa Messier of Charlton, Massachusetts, United States.
Ducky had taken the title following the sad death of Danka Kordak Slovakia in 2006, again a long-haired Chihuahua who measured 13.8 cm (5.4 in) tall and 18.8 cm (7.4 in) and was owned by owned by Ing. Igor Kvetko of Revúca, Slovakia.
The smallest dog in terms of length is Heaven Sent Brandy, (pictured above), a female chihuahua who measures 15.2 cm (6 in) from the nose to the tip of the tail.
So small that she can’t even bark, Brandy lives in Largo, Florida, USA with her owner, Paulette Keller, who picked her up from a breeder when she was just 9 months old.
Weighing just 2lb, Brandy hasn’t grown since Paulette first took care of her.
“With a dog like this, you have to be very careful. She can’t jump on to or off anything because her legs are so tiny,” says Paulette.
“Walking her is OK but when there are kids around, all they want to do is pick her up and she can get frightened.
“I have even managed to take her on domestic flights without being noticed. I have a small bag that she can slip into and, because she doesn’t make a sound, no-one notices her.”
However, while both categories are dominated by Chihuahua’s, the smallest dog ever on record was a fist-sized dwarf Yorkshire terrier named Sylvia who was owned by Arthur Marples (UK).
Fully grown, this tiny dog stood 6.3 cm (2.8 in) at the shoulder and measured 9.5 cm (3.75 in) from the tip of its nose to the tip of its tail. It died in 1945, just before its second birthday.