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Meet Pearl: The 3.59-Inch Tall World’s Smallest Dog!

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Say hello to Pearl, the Chihuahua who’s officially rocking the title of the world’s smallest living dog—so tiny, she’s even shorter than your TV remote.

Back in the baby days, little Pearl tipped the scales at less than 1 ounce. Now, as a full-grown 2-year-old, she stands proud at 3.59 inches tall and stretches out to 5 inches long. That’s right around the length of a dollar bill, according to the folks at Guinness World Records. Pearl’s owner, Vanesa Semler, spills the tea, saying her pup is just a smidge taller than your average teacup.

The previous record holder, Miracle Milly, another Chihuahua superstar, may have left us in 2020, but her legacy lives on through Pearl. Turns out, Pearl’s mom is one of Milly’s sisters.

For the big moment of truth, Pearl headed back to where it all began—the Orlando, Fla., hospital where she came into the world. The official measurements went down three times, thanks to the Evaluators and their trusty dog measuring wicket. According to Guinness’s rulebook, they measured from “the base of the front leg foot up to the top of the withers (the ridge between the shoulder blades) in a straight vertical line.” Talk about a tiny sensation!

Pearl’s record-breaking gig went global when she hit the small screen for the first time on an Italian TV talent show in Milan. Semler, Pearl’s owner, spilled the beans to the host about her pup, calling her a “bit of a diva” with a taste for the finer things – think chicken, salmon, and a love for dressing up. Pearl, the little superstar, took it all in stride, staying cool as a cucumber even with a big audience watching.

Even though she’s all grown up, Semler says her flashy little sidekick, Pearl, still keeps that kiddish spirit. But hey, she doesn’t quite measure up—literally—to the title of Guinness’s tiniest dog ever. That honor goes to a pint-sized Yorkshire terrier from the 1940s, who was just a wee 2.8 inches tall.

Sure, Pearl and her teacup buddies are adorable and pint-sized, but watch out. These little furballs often come with a bunch of health issues that the bigger dogs don’t deal with. Some of them might not even be bred the right way and could come from those not-so-great puppy mills, where making money is the main goal, not keeping the pups healthy.

So, before you go puppy hunting, do your homework. Find a responsible breeder or think about giving a shelter dog a forever home instead. 

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