A new short queen has been crowned.
Pearl, a 2-year-old female chihuahua who lives in Orlando, Florida, is officially the world’s shortest living dog, according to Guinness World Records. She measures just 3.59 inches tall, making her shorter than a popsicle stick but taller than a teacup. She’s approximately 5 inches long, about the size of a dollar bill.
The dog, who weighed less than an ounce at her birth, is related to the previous record holder, Miracle Milly, Guinness World Records confirmed. Pearl is the daughter of one of Milly’s sisters.
Vanesa Semler, Pearl’s owner and a lawyer and property manager, told Guinness World Records that “We’re blessed to have her.”
Semler also owned Milly, who died in 2020. She called it a “unique opportunity to break our own record and share with the world this amazing news.”
This is Pearl, the two-year-old Chihuahua with a big personality and the record for being the shortest dog alive today 🥰️ pic.twitter.com/rUjydX9A4T
— Guinness World Records (@GWR) April 12, 2023
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‘A true diva character’
Semler also told Guinness World Records that Pearl “has a very busy schedule and a true diva character.”
Starbucks is one of her favorite destinations when she goes on a walk, and she’s fed four times a day. Her favorites are chicken and salmon.
“She likes to bark in front of the various cafes until they give her some cream,” Semler said. “She is very intelligent and knows how to get noticed and get what she wants.”
Pearl was measured at Crystal Creek Animal Hospital in Orlando. She was measured three times, with each measurement taken from the base of her front leg to the top of the withers, or the space between the dog's shoulder blades.
What is the shortest dog ever?
The shortest dog ever recorded was a dwarf Yorkshire terrier in the United Kingdom. The dog was owned by Arthur Marples, a former editor of Our Dogs, a newspaper.
The dog died in 1945, before its second birthday. It was 2.8 inches tall and 3.75 inches long from the tip of its nose to the tip of its tail, according to Guinness World Records.
This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: What is the shortest dog in the world? Pearl the chihuahua takes title