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Smallest Dog in the World

The smallest breed of dog in the world is usually considered to be the Chihuahua. However, individual dogs of other breeds may sometimes be the smallest dog in the world. At times Yorkshire Terriers have been listed as the smallest dog in the world. The current smallest dog in the world is a Pug who is believed to have a form of dwarfism.

What Is the Smallest Dog in the World?

The smallest dog ever recorded was a Yorkshire Terrier named Sylvia. She was owned by Arthur Marples from Blackburn, England. Sylvia was 2.5 inches tall, 3.5 inches long from her nose to the tip of her tail, and weighed just 4 ounces. She died when she was just two years old in 1945.

From 1995 through 2002 the Guinness World Records had Big Boss, a Yorkshire Terrier, listed as the smallest dog in the world. Big Boss was 4.7 inches tall, He was owned by Dr. Chai Khanchanakom of Thailand.

Before 1995 the smallest dog alive was listed as a Yorkshire Terrier named Thumbelina who stood 5.5 inches tall and who was 8 inches long.

Another contender for smallest dog in the world is Elwood, the Jack Russell Terrier. Jack Russells are usually a larger breed but tiny Elwood is only 3.5 inches tall, 6 inches long, and weighs 15 ounces. Elwood was over a year old when these measurements were taken so he was no longer a puppy.

A Chihuahua named Brandy is the current Guinness World Record holder as the world’s smallest dog but her claim to the title has been called into question with the story of Grace, the Pug.

Grace, the Pug, is less than 6 inches tall and only 6 inches long. She weighs one pound and six ounces, which is four ounces less than Brandy the Chihuahua. However, Grace is only five months old, so she may still be growing. Vets believe that Grace may suffer from a form of dwarfism so she will never be full-size. A Pug normally weighs up to 18 pounds. Grace and her owner, Sandra Devall, live in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, England.


Dogs that are exceptionally small often have additional health problems and they may have a shortened lifespan. Some breeders may try to breed Toy dogs to make them smaller but there are risks to the puppies. It is also not easy for smaller Toy breed mothers to breed naturally or to produce puppies. Breeders usually charge much more for these very small puppies. Some of these very tiny dogs may be substandard and they may not meet the breed club’s standard of what a good dog should be like.

If you are looking for an exceptionally small puppy, do be aware that your dog may have more health problems throughout its life.


The smallest dog in the world is often either a Chihuahua or a Yorkshire Terrier. There are usually additional health problems for dogs that are exceptionally small.

Smallest Dog

There are several breeds which could claim to be the smallest dog breed.  Among the contenders are the Chihuahua, the Yorkshire Terrier, and the Pomeranian.  All of these breeds typically weigh under 10 pounds.  Here’s a look at some of the smallest dogs.

What Is the Smallest Dog in the World?


Most people would probably agree that the Chihuahua is the smallest dog in the world.  They can weigh up to 6 pounds but if they get much bigger than that then they are overweight.  Some people breed and sell Chihuahuas that are as small as possible but there are health risks involved in breeding these dogs too small.  Chihuahuas can be either long-coated or smooth-coated.

Yorkshire Terrier

Another breed which would be considered one of the smallest breeds in the world is the Yorkshire Terrier.  These beautiful little dogs have a long, flowing coat in tan and blue.  They weigh between 4 and 7 pounds.


The beautiful Pomeranian is a tiny dog that weighs between 3 and 7 pounds.  At one time they were much larger, weighing up to 30 pounds, and were used to pull sleds, but now they are purely companion dogs. They have a thick, dense coat that requires a great deal of grooming.

Japanese Chin

The Japanese Chin is another very small dog that only stands up to about 11 inches tall. They have always been a companion dog.


The dainty Papillon (the name means “butterfly” because of the butterfly-like ears) has always been a companion dog.  These little dogs are happy and love to play.  They stand up to 11 inches tall at the shoulder.


The lovely Maltese is one of the smallest breeds of dogs in the world.  They weigh less than 7 pounds.  This breed has been known for more than 2000 years and they come from the island of Malta in the Mediterranean.  As far as we know, this breed has always been a companion dog.

The Official Title “World’s Smallest Dog”

All of the breeds discussed above have been bred to be their current size.  However, the title of “World’s Smallest Dog” currently belongs to a dog named Gracie who is a Pug.  She weighs one pound, six ounces.  She is less than six inches tall.  It is believed that she suffers from a form of dwarfism.  Pugs generally weigh around 18 pounds and stand up to 10 inches tall.

Where Can I Find Pictures of the World’s Smallest Dog?

You can find a picture of Gracie, the World’s Smallest Dog on this site:

You can find photos of most of the breeds of the smallest dogs on this web site: ; or by visiting the AKC web site and looking at the Toy group:

Smallest Dog


There are quite a few breeds that weigh less than 10 pounds if you are looking for a very small dog.  However, do be careful if you are buying a very small dog.  Dogs that are bred to be extremely small for their particular breed can suffer from additional health problems related to their size.