By Dan­i­ca Coto, The Asso­ci­at­ed Press

This handout photo released on Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013, by Guinness World Records, shows Miracle Milly, a brown female Chihuahua who is the smallest dog living, in terms of height, measuring 3.8 inches (9.65 centimeters) tall when measured from backbone to paw, on Feb. 21, 2013. Milly is owned by Vanesa Semler who lives in Dorado, Puerto Rico. (AP Photo/Guinness World Records 2014 Edition)

This hand­out pho­to released on Thurs­day, Sept. 12, 2013, by Guin­ness World Records, shows Mir­a­cle Mil­ly, a brown female Chi­huahua who is the small­est dog liv­ing, in terms of height, mea­sur­ing 3.8 inch­es (9.65 cen­time­ters) tall when mea­sured from back­bone to paw, on Feb. 21, 2013. Mil­ly is owned by Vane­sa Sem­ler who lives in Dora­do, Puer­to Rico. (AP Photo/Guinness World Records 2014 Edi­tion)

SAN JUAN, Puer­to Rico — Puer­to Rico can now boast it is home to the world’s small­est dog — at least when it comes to height.

The brown Chi­huahua named Mir­a­cle Mil­ly is short­er than a soup can, stand­ing at 3.8 inch­es (9.65 cen­time­tres) tall when mea­sured from back­bone to paw, Guin­ness World Records announced Thurs­day.

She is near­ly 2 years old, weighs rough­ly 1 pound (half a kilo­gram) and is known for often stick­ing out her tiny tongue when some­one takes her pic­ture.

“She knows how to pose,” own­er Vane­sa Sem­ler told The Asso­ci­at­ed Press.

Mir­a­cle Mil­ly dethroned Boo Boo, a long-haired Chi­huahua from Ken­tucky that stands 4 inch­es (10.16 cen­time­tres) tall.

Guin­ness also has a sec­ond cat­e­go­ry for world’s small­est dog when mea­sured by length. That title is held by Heav­en Sent Brandy, a Chi­huahua in Largo, Flori­da, that mea­sures 6 inch­es (15.24 cen­time­tres) long.

When she was born, Mir­a­cle Mil­ly weighed less than an ounce and fit in a tea­spoon, Sem­ler said. Her mouth was too tiny to nurse from her moth­er, so Sem­ler gave her milk every two hours through an eye­drop­per.

She slept in a doll’s crib next to Semler’s bed, grow­ing stronger as the months passed.

The Chi­huahua now sleeps in a baby’s crib and will eat noth­ing but food cooked by humans.

“She real­ly likes salmon and chick­en,” Sem­ler said, not­ing that she eats four times a day.

Mir­a­cle Mil­ly is close to her two sis­ters, both which are of nor­mal size, but she prefers the com­pa­ny of peo­ple.

“She does not under­stand that she is a dog,” Sem­ler said. “She thinks she’s a kid.”

She doesn’t bark and likes play­ing with the plants in Semler’s back­yard. If there are birds to chase, even bet­ter.

If she’s play­ing inside, she grav­i­tates toward Paco, a yel­low Chi­huahua plush toy twice her size. The stuffed ani­mal is among dozens lin­ing her crib.

“We give her a new toy almost every week,” Sem­ler said. “She likes to cud­dle with them.”

Mir­a­cle Mil­ly is one of 10 Chi­huahuas that Sem­ler owns, and is eas­i­ly the most pop­u­lar.

“Peo­ple are amazed when they see her because she is so small,” Sem­ler said. “And she has a big per­son­al­i­ty. Peo­ple love her.”