Meet Pearl — The Shortest Dog: A 3.59 Inch Chihuahua

I Love Chihuahuas
4 min readSep 5, 2023
Meet Pearl — The Shortest Dog: A 3.59 Inch Chihuahua —
Meet Pearl — The Shortest Dog: A 3.59 Inch Chihuahua —

Meet Pearl, a Chihuahua who has claimed the title of the shortest dog in the world. Standing at just 3.59 inches (9.14 cm) tall and weighing only 1.22 lb (553 g), Pearl was officially recognized by the Guinness World Records in August. She surpassed her aunt Milly the Chihuahua, the previous record holder. Here’s Pearl’s remarkable journey.

Pearl, The Shortest Dog

Born in September 2020, Pearl hails from Orlando and currently resides with her owner, Vanesa Semler. To verify her height, Pearl underwent three consecutive measurements using a dog-measuring wicket by a vet at Crystal Creek Animal Hospital.

Pearl, the shortest dog in the world, being measured for the Guinness World Records
Pearl, the shortest dog in the world, being measured for the Guinness World Records

Interestingly, Pearl has a unique relationship with the previous record holder, Millie. Also a Chihuahua, Millie held the previous record for the smallest dog, standing at a petite 3.8 inches. Here’s the intriguing part — Millie and Pearl are related!

Yes, you read that right. Millie is, in fact, Pearl’s aunt. It seems that the petite gene runs in the family. Isn’t it fascinating how such tiny creatures can make such a great impact?

Personality and Lifestyle

Despite her diminutive size, Pearl exhibits an active and calm temperament. She enjoys high-quality chicken and salmon for dinner and accompanies her owner on shopping trips. Her hobbies are as diverse as her meals, with a penchant for sunbathing and playing with her favorite squeaky toys.

Pearl is also quite the socialite, often seen socializing with other dogs at the local park. Despite her size, she has an adventurous spirit and enjoys exploring her surroundings.

Whether it’s a leisurely stroll around the neighborhood or a quick game of fetch, Pearl’s energy is truly infectious. And, her small size does not deter her from living life to the fullest, proving that size is not a barrier to happiness or achievement.

Pearl, measured against a dollar bill
Pearl, measured against a dollar bill

A Brief History of The Shortest Dog Breed

Chihuahuas are a breed of dog with a rich history that stretches back over a millennium. Chihuahuas’ origins can be traced to ancient Mexico, where they were revered by civilizations like Toltecs and Aztecs. The Chihuahua breed was believed to have spiritual significance, associated with the afterlife and the journey of souls.

The cultural significance of Chihuahuas extends beyond their ancient roots. Today, Chihuahuas are celebrated for their small size, large expressive eyes, and energetic personality. They have become pop culture icons, featured in films, television shows, and even fashion accessories.

While Chihuahuas may be one of the smallest dog breeds, they carry a rich history and cultural significance that is undeniably big.

Notable World Records

To put Pearl’s diminutive size into perspective, consider this: an average Chihuahua stands about 5 to 8 inches tall. So, Pearl is nearly half the size of an average Chihuahua, which is already one of the smallest dog breeds. She’s closer in size to a large apple or a soda can than she is to her Chihuahua brethren.

Interestingly, while Pearl holds the title for the world’s smallest living dog, the overall record for the smallest dog ever still belongs to Sylvia, a dwarf Yorkshire Terrier who measured a mere 2.8 inches tall. It’s fascinating to think that there are dogs out there small enough to fit in the palm of your hand, isn’t it?

On the other end of the scale, Great Dane Zeus holds the title for the tallest dog, standing at a staggering 44 inches (1.1 m) at the shoulder. Although Zeus passed away in 2014, his name remains in the Guinness Book of World Records.

Pearl, the shortest dog next to a soda cup
Pearl, the shortest dog next to a soda cup


Throughout this article, we’ve had the pleasure of introducing you to Pearl, the adorable Chihuahua who stands proudly at a mere 3.59 inches. We’ve delved into her journey to recognition and how she earned her place in the Guinness World Records as the shortest dog of all time.

In this tale of triumph, Pearl demonstrates that size doesn’t determine the capacity for achievement. Her story serves as inspiration, showing us that even the smallest amongst us can stand tall in the record books.

We hope you’ve enjoyed learning about Pearl and feel inspired by her story. Remember, it’s not always the size that counts, but the spirit within. Like Pearl, let’s all strive to stand tall, no matter our size or stature.

Until the next record-breaking tale, stay tuned, and stay inspired!



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