KEAL COTES, LINCOLNSHIRE, England, Aug. 22 (UPI) -- An extremely small mixed-breed dog in England has captured the imagination of the Internet after potentially earning the title of the country's smallest.
At only four inches long and weighing almost exactly 11 onces, 5-month-old Lhasa Apso-Chihuahua crossbreed Tyson is so small he can barley feed himself and is transported in a hamster cage.
"He was tiny when he was born and he was eventually pushed out by his brothers and sisters," owner Rosemarie McLinden described.
"He just hasn't really grown since. I had to start feeding him myself as he couldn't latch on to his mother. He was so small he just could not breastfeed due to the tiny size of his mouth. I bought a little dropper and had to feed him day and night every two hours until he was a little bigger ... We've just started trying to wean him onto dog food, and we have to rub around his little gums to help him eat."
Life for the petite pooch has proved to be an exercise in trial and error as once food was figured out, McLinden was faced with another challenge -- finding a toy for a dog so tiny even the smallest collar was too big.
"He has one ball that he likes to chase, we found a practice golf ball that he can use, but even that is bigger than his head."