World, meet Tyson — a teeny chihuahua-mix who might just be Britain’s smallest dog.
— Yahoo UK News (@YahooNewsUK) August 21, 2014
Born earlier this year, Tyson was reportedly so tiny at birth that his owner Rosemarie McLinden had to feed him with a dropper. “I had to start feeding him myself as he couldn't latch on to his mother," McLinden told Yahoo! News UK. “He was so small he just could not breastfeed due to the tiny size of his mouth.”
Though McLinden and her husband initially worried about Tyson, who hasn’t grown much since he was born, it seems the little pup is now fit and healthy — though he remains teeny-weeny, as you can see in the video above.
According to the Boston Standard, Tyson — who was named after boxer Mike Tyson "because he is such a little fighter,” McLinden told the news outlet — weighs just a little more than half a pound and is just five inches long. He’s so small, in fact, that McLinden says he can stand up in the palm of her hand.
It’s believed that Tyson is one of the smallest — if not the smallest — dog in Britain.
According to the Guinness World Records, a dog named Miracle Milly is the smallest in the world. Milly, who lives in Puerto Rico, reportedly measures just 3.8 inches in height.