The pug Pip, the smallest dog in the world
Is this Britain’s smallest dog? Pug which refuses to grow is only FOUR INCHES tall
- Pip the pug is less than four inches tall and weighs just 1lbs 4 ounces
- The four-month-old runt of the litter is only half the size of her sister Poppy
- She’s so small she fits in a gravy boat and travels in her owner’s handbag
Meet Pip, the tiny pug who at just four inches high is one of the smallest dogs in the UK. At four months old, she weighs only 1lbs 4 ounces – about the same as a bag of sugar.
The miniature pet is so small it can fit into a gravy boat and on long walks will travel around in her owner’s handbag.
She must be Britain’s smallest pug – if not the smallest pug in the world,’ said owner Joanne Astley, from Dudley, West Midlands. People stop and stare – they can’t believe she’s real, they all think she’s a toy. Joanne added:
‘If I want to take her out, I have to pick her up and put her in my handbag.’
The runt of the litter, is just half the size of her sister Poppy and is unlikely to grow much more. Joanne, 54, decided to start breeding pugs last year, and was delighted when two-year-old Ruby gave birth to a litter of four in January.
But her delight soon turned to shock when she realised that one of the puppies was half the size of the others.
Joanne said: ‘I couldn’t believe it – she was just so tiny.
‘We took her to the vet, but they said that she was fine, apart from a cleft lip, and is just small. ‘We love our little Pip so much – I thought she was going to grow up quickly, but she’s stayed so little. ‘Pip’s about half the size of her sister.’ Mother-of-four Joanne and gas engineer partner Steve Madelin, 56, decided to keep tiny Pip and one of her sisters, Poppy. Pip, a purebred pug, is almost exactly half the size a four-month-old pug pup should be.
She was born with a cleft palette and hair lip, and vets suspect she may have difficulties forming which may explain her size. While Pip may be smaller than can on Coke, her owner said she’s got a big personality.
We’ve got to be very careful, because Poppy is too rough with her. Poppy is a bundle of fun, while Pip is just small and timid. ‘Pip may be small, but she’s got a big character.’ The current smallest dog in the UK is Tyson – a four inch Lhasa Apso cross Chihuahua who lives in Lincoln with owner Rosemarie McLinden.
But Disney, a three-inch Chihuahua puppy belonging to Natalie Vanes, 26, is on course to break a Guinness World Record for the smallest dog if she continues to grow at the same rate. The world’s smallest living dog is a female Chihuahua called Miracle Milly, who is 3.8in tall and weighs 1lb. She sleeps in a doll’s crib at her owner’s home in Dorado, Puerto Rico.