Tinker Toy did stay like that. He was a male Himalayan-Persian who grew to be 2.75 inches tall and 7.5 inches long. Tinker Toy died in 1997, and the smallest cat living right now is around 5 inches tall. The world's smallest dog is a Chihuahua who measures 3.8 inches.
It's okay for a cat to be small, but cows are big, right?
As it turns out, some cows are really small/ The world's smallest breed is called the Vechur cow, and the average height is between 31 and 35 inches. The world's smallest cow lives in India, and she measure 24.07 inches from hoof to withers.
Other tiny animals include Thumbelina, the world's smallest horse. She weighs 60 lbs and is 17 inches tall.
|Image linked from guinnessworldrecords.com|
The world's smallest hamster is PeeWee, who stopped growing at the age of three. As an adult, he still weighs less than an ounce.
Another interesting record is the world's smallest animal used to detect land mines. This is the honey bee, and the methods used to teach bees to locate explosives is similar to the methods used to train dogs. A big benefit of using bees is that they can naturally recruit other bees and teach them.
Do you have or know a pet that's unusually small or large?
~ Maria Sadowski ~