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The smallest dog in the world - for real !

Updated on February 13, 2013

The smallest dog on record was a Yorkshire terrier owned by Arthur Marples of Blackburn.

It was 6.5 cm (2.5 inches) high at the shoulder, 9.5 cm (3.75 inches) long from the tip of its nose to the root of its tail, weighed 113 g (4 oz), and died in 1945.

The world’s smallest breed of dog is usually said to be the chihuahua.


Nonetheless, according to the Guinness Book of World Records, the record for today’s smallest living dog is not necessarily held by one.It depends what you mean by ‘smallest’. The current record is shared by a chihuahua (shortest in length) and a Yorkshire terrier (shortest in height).

Whitney, the Yorkshire terrier, lives in Shoeburyness, Essex and is 7.3 cm (3 inches) tall at the shoulder.

The chihuahua, called Danka Kordak Slovakia, is 18.8 cm (7.4 inches) long and lives in Slovakia.

There are more than 400 breeds of dog and all are members of the same species. Any dog can breed with any other. No other creature in the world comes in such a wide range of shapes and sizes. No one know why this is.The unique variety amongst dogs owes a lot to human intervention, but the puzzle is that all dog breeds are originally descended from grey wolves.


Doberman pinschers were created from German pinschers, Rottweilers, Manchester terriers, and possibly pointers, in just thirty-five years, apparently flying in the face of the Darwinian evolution of species, a process thought to operate over thousands or even millions of years.

For some unknown reason, when dogs are cross-bred, instead of getting an average between the two types you quite often get something totally unexpected. This new ‘breed’ also retains the ability to interbreed.

The chihuahua

The chihuahua is named after a state in Mexico, because it was believed (on the basis of Toltec and Aztec art) that the breed was indigenous there. However, there are no archaeological remains to support this belief; and it is now thought that the animal depicted is most probably a variety of rodent.

It is much more likely that the ancestors of the breed were brought by Spanish merchants from China, where the practice of dwarfing both plants and animals has had a long history.

Chihuahua cheese is popular in Mexico but it comes from the state, not from the dog.

And yes ... he loves a gold like poročni prstani :)


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      baterije 5 years ago from Slovenija

      thanks for comment !

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      Andrew 6 years ago from Rep Boston MA

      That is one small dog! Sadly you couldnt treat it like a normal dog as its bones would be so thin I would assume and kind of petting could hurt the poor thing. A mouse can be pet because of how there body works they can move the bones to fit in the smallest of areas. A small dog cant as its still built the way it would have been at a larger size.


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      Karen N 6 years ago from United States

      Very interesting, I always thought that the chihuahua was the smallest.

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      moonlake 6 years ago from America

      I love chihuahuas my husband doesn't. Good hub.

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      Paradise7 6 years ago from Upstate New York

      The pics are so great!! That alone made the hub. The info is very interesting, as well. Those are some tiny dogs!

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      comedygirls 6 years ago from Seville

      That's so sad but cool it's sad for a dog to be born that small and it's cool the dog got in the book of world records. So let me just say what a great topic to choose to write about. And great pic my friend has one her dogs name is

      bell she looks just like that.

      And again what a great topic to write about.