Meet Pearl, the World’s Shortest Dog

Lisa Selvaggio
by Lisa Selvaggio

Good things come in small packages, and that’s certainly the case when it comes to a tiny dog named Pearl. Irresistibly cute, she’s a 3-year-old Chihuahua who was born on September 1, 2020 and named the world’s shortest dog by Guinness World Records in 2023. Here’s a bit of information about her and what makes her so special.

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Exactly How Small is Pearl the Dog?

Sure, chihuahuas are known for their small stature, but pint-sized Pearl is a mere 3.59 inches tall and 5 inches long.

As you’d expect, this itty-bitty canine doesn’t weigh much either. When she was born, she was less than one ounce (can you imagine?!), and she grew to weigh just 1.22 pounds.  

When she’s next to certain everyday items, like a remote control, shoe, or plastic tumbler, Pearl is smaller or about the same size, and she’s even roughly the same length as a U.S. dollar bill –you can find videos and photos online to see just how little she is compared to those objects.

Pearl Is Related to Miracle Milly

Pearl isn’t the only super small dog in her family. She’s related to Miracle Milly, who used to hold the title of world’s shortest dog, at 3.8 inches tall.

More specifically, Pearl’s mother was Milly’s sister, so Milly was her aunt. Unfortunately, Milly died in 2020, which is the same year that Pearl was born.   

A Dog Who Doesn’t Mind Dressing Up and Being in the Spotlight

Vanesa Semler is Pearl’s owner, and was also Milly’s owner. She has described Pearl as somewhat of a diva who likes to be dressed up and prefers eating high-quality foods. And this one-of-a-kind dog also likes listening to classical music and watching television.

A little pooch with a big personality, Pearl doesn’t mind being the center of attention. She’s been on stage in front of an audience for a TV show in Milan, Italy, and Vanesa even went shopping with her teeny dog while exploring the city.

Pearl shares her home with three other dogs. Calm, playful, and fun loving, she definitely captures the attention and adoration of anyone she meets. See for yourself in the video below, but be prepared, as you might experience some cute aggression from this teeny dog who will always be the size of a puppy:

Lisa Selvaggio
Lisa Selvaggio

Lisa Selvaggio is a freelance writer and editor, and our resident cats-pert, with certifications in pet nutrition and pet first aid. She enjoys producing content that helps people understand animals better so they can give their pets a safe and happy home.

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