Dogs keep getting larger and they keep getting smaller, partly of course because of breeding and partly because of advances in veterinary medicine that allow puppies born with health problems to live full lives.
Dancer may be on his way to being the world’s tiniest dog. Born on June 8, he has to wait for his first birthday to qualify for the Guinness World Records.
Dancer, a longhaired Chihuahua belonging to Floridian, Jenny Gomez, weighs eighteen ounces and stands just four inches tall. By all accounts he shouldn't even be here, but thanks to a wonderful rescuer, he is.
Dancer’s mother was abandoned by a neighbor of Gomez. When Gomez found the dog, she was emaciated and near death. Then two weeks later she gave birth first to a normal size female puppy. After about an hour Dancer was born.
“He was about a quarter the size of the first puppy, “ Gomez said, “…about as big as my thumb.” The female puppy was adopted out but Gomez kept the mother and Dancer, even though she knew that he might have serious health problems because of his tiny size.
Dancer stays in a small playpen or wrapped in a- blanket. He has his own baby carriage for travel. He is so delicate that a fall from a chair could be fatal. Because of his size Dancer eats every three or four hours just like a human baby. His only health problem at this point is low blood sugar.
How much is Dancer worth? When a man in the veterinarian’s office found out Dancer was an adult, he offered her $5000
"No way,” Gomez said. “You don't sell love."
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