The World’s smallest dogs
Before Brandy, the title of the World’s smallest dog by length was owned by a teacup yorkie called Tiny Pinnochio, who was 8 inches (20.3 cm) long.
Guinness also has a record for the World’s smallest dog by height, and that is held by a long coated chihuahua named Boo Boo.
Although the battle for the throne of tiny dogs has been traditionally fought between chihuahuas and yorkies, Scooter, a Maltese puppy from New Zealand was close to writing history when he prematurely died last year at only six-months old. The puppy’s height was only 3.1 inches (8 cm), but to be considered by Guinness for this record he should have been at least 1 years-old.
The smallest dog ever was a yorkie named Sylvia. When measured at the age of 2 in 1945, she was only 2.5 inches (6.4 cm) tall at the shoulder, and 3.5 inches (8.9 cm) from nose tip to tail.
UPDATE: The World’s smallest dogs in 2012.