SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) – Puerto Rico can now boast it is home to the world’s smallest dog — at least when it comes to height.
The brown Chihuahua named Miracle Milly is shorter than a soup can, standing at 3.8 inches tall when measured from backbone to paw, Guinness World Records announced Thursday.
She is nearly two years old, weighs roughly one pound (half a kilogram) and is known for often sticking out her tiny tongue when someone takes her picture.
“She knows how to pose,” said Downer Vanesa Semler.
Miracle Milly dethroned Boo Boo, a long-haired Chihuahua from Kentucky that stands four inches (10.16 centimeters) tall.
Guinness also has a second category for world’s smallest dog when measured by length. That title is held by Heaven Sent Brandy, a Chihuahua in Largo, Florida, that measures 6 inches (15.24 centimeters) long.
When she was born, Miracle Milly weighed less than an ounce and fit in a teaspoon, Semler said. Her mouth was too tiny to nurse from her mother, so Semler gave her milk every two hours through an eyedropper.
She slept in a doll’s crib next to Semler’s bed, growing stronger as the months passed.
The Chihuahua now sleeps in a baby’s crib and will eat nothing but food cooked by humans.
“She really likes salmon and chicken,” Semler said, noting that she eats four times a day.