What's the smallest dog in the world? Meet Pearl, weighs under 2 pounds.

What's the smallest dog in the world? Meet Pearl, weighs under 2 pounds.

With 201 breeds registered by the American Kennel Club, there's certainly the perfect dog out there for everyone. Those interested in smaller breeds might find a friend in Pomeranians or pugs, while those looking for larger canines may fall in love with Great Danes or Bernese Mountain Dogs.

The world’s tallest living dog is Zeus, a Great Dane from Bedford Texas. According to the Guinness World Records, Zeus is about 41 inches tall and stands at 7 feet, 4 inches on his hind legs.

But what about the petite pups of the world? Here's what to know about the smallest individual dog in the world.

What is the smallest dog in the world?

The shortest living dog is Pearl, according to Guinness World Records. The Chihuahua measures just 3.59 inches tall and 5 inches in length, being about the size of a dollar bill. She weighs a mere 1.22 pounds.

Pearl is the niece of previous title holder Milly, a 1-pound Chihuahua born in 2011. Milly died in 2020 before Peal was born.

Pearl, a 2-year-old chihuahua, is the world's shortest living dog.
Pearl, a 2-year-old chihuahua, is the world's shortest living dog.

A new short queen has been crowned: The title belongs to a Florida chihuahua named Pearl

What is the smallest dog breed in the world?

The smallest dog breed is the Chihuahua, which can range from 5.9 to 9 inches in height, Purina reports. Chihuahuas usually weigh between 4 to 6 pounds and can have short or long fur depending on the dog.

The AKC characterizes Chihuahuas as "sassy pets" with "huge personalities" that enjoy quality time with their owners, yet can be hesitant around rough children.

Purina lists toy poodles as the second smallest dog. The breed does not exceed 11 inches in height. AZ Animals notes toy poodles often weigh between six and 10 pounds and can live up to 18 years.

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What is the biggest dog in the world?

The English Mastiff is the largest dog breed in the world, according to Purina. With heights ranging 27 to 35 inches and weights of 200 to 230 pounds, the breed makes great security, police, military and guard dogs.

The second place spot is held by Irish Wolfhound. According to Purina, these dogs can grow up to 32 inches but are big teddy bears on the inside.

What is the oldest dog in the world?

The oldest dog in the world was an Australian cattle dog named Bluey who lived to the age of 29 years and five months. Bluey died in 1939, and she lived over double the average lifespan of her breed.

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