Britain’s smallest puppy, Tim the Yorkshire terrier, is as cute as can be.
The little guy is now seven weeks old and about the size of a can of beans.
For such a tiny pup, Tim has put up a pretty big fight. Weighing just 2.5 ounces, Tim was not breathing when he was born.
His owner, Andrea McGowan, revived the little guy by rubbing his back with a towel. McGown continued to nurse Tim back to health and spent weeks bottle-feeding Tim every two hours to keep him alive.
McGown is a mother of three and said taking care of the sick pup was harder than raising her children because she did not always know what Tim needed to get better.
“We are all very attached to him – after nursing him back to health 24 hours a day,” McGowan said in a DailyMail article. “We love him to bits – we will just have to see how he goes and keep on fighting to see him grow more and take each day as it comes.”
Tim came from a litter of six and is pictured with his sister, Winnie. Even though he is the smallest, McGowan told DailyMail that Tim is the fiercest of the bunch.
“He is a really feisty little dog and much braver than the others,” McGowan said, “When we take them all out of the pen they are all quite timid but he just wanders around and he loves climbing over things – he also likes climbing into shoes and jumping off tall objects, so you have to watch him.”
Tim is also a big hit at the family business, a fish and chips shop. McGowan explained that she brings Tim to work with her every day to keep an eye on him and the customers fall in love with the little pup as soon as they walk into the shop.
Tim now weighs in at 9 ounces now and is getting bigger and bigger with each day.
“He is doing really well at the moment,” McGowan said.
Despite his promising health, the family recently learned that Tim may be suffering from ‘canine dwarfism.’ The diagnosis cannot be confirmed until Tim is 18 weeks old and in the meant, me McGowan is keeping an optimistic mindset.
“We love him to bits – we will just have to see how he goes and keep on fighting to see him grow more and take each day as it comes,” McGown said.
We already love Tim to bits too, and we’re hoping his health only continues to improve.