Throughout the past few months of lockdown, man’s best friend has become the centre of life at home for many of us, whether we’re on furlough, isolating, or working from home.
Despite cats (boo) entering the new year being searched for more than our beloved canines, online interest in dogs has overtaken that of the felines, which means statistically, dogs are absolutely preferred by the UK public to cats.
If you aren’t already filling the void left by seeing fewer dogs outside of your own household during the lockdown period, Benchmark Kennels have highlighted the top five most insta-famous dogs for you to check out…
1. Jiffpom – 10.5 million followers
Coming in at the top of this list is Jiff the Pomeranian, with over 10.4 million followers on his main account, and a combined 30 million across all of his social media.
While pomeranians are the smallest member of the Spitz dog family (which includes Malamutes and other sled dog breeds), Jiff really packs a punch in the influencer world. With two Guinness World Records under his collar, along with a feature in Katy Perry’s ‘Dark Horse’ music video, this star is more talented than most!
Head on over to Instagram and follow Jiff @jiffpom to see regular photos and videos of this little pomeranian living the high life in Los Angeles.
2. Doug the Pug – 4 million followers
Following up in second place is Doug The Pug, with four million followers on Instagram.
As the most popular breed of toy dog, pugs have dominated internet culture for years. Doug is different, however. Officially referred to as a ‘celebrity dog,’ this pug won last year’s People’s Choice Award for Animal Star.
Not content with Instagram fame, he also has one billion video views over at Facebook, where he stars in remakes of iconic movie scenes from IT to Frozen. Yet another music star, Doug has been featured in Katy Perry’s ‘Swish Swish’ music video, as well as Fall Out Boy’s ‘Irresistible.’
With daily posts uploaded to Instagram, be sure to follow Doug the Pug @itsdougthepug for a glimpse into celebrity dog lifestyle.
3. Maru the Shiba, Shinjiro Ono – 2.6 million followers
Maru the Shiba is the next featured dog, with an impressive 2.6 million followers on Instagram.
While he may not be as well known in music industry circles, this Shiba is arguably the cutest dog on Instagram. With his fluffiness only matched by his constant grin, Maru is practically the poster pup for happiness. Maru is, in fact, Japanese for round, a fact that only makes him all the more destined to be the cutest dog on this list.
Follow Maru the Shiba’s adventures over on Instagram @marutaro for regular videos of the pooch deemed to be ‘the best dog in the world’ by Time Magazine.
4. Tuna – 2.1 million followers
Tuna is the next featured Instagram star, with 2.1 million followers, and a heartwarming backstory.
Abandoned just after birth, Tuna shot to fame in 2012 when his new owner Courtney made him an Instagram account. Because of his unusual, albeit adorable, appearance due to overbreeding, and a tough start in life, Tuna has used his Instagram fame to raise money for animal rescue groups, while also promoting animal welfare.
Find this internet celebrity travelling across the world, while still having time to be featured on This Morning, and at launch parties in top tier locations such as the Ivy Chelsea Garden Restaurant.
For further inspiration from Tuna, follow @tunameltsmyheart.
5. Loki the Wolfdog – 2.1 million followers
The biggest and final pup in this roundup is Loki the Wolfdog, with 2.1 million followers on Instagram.
As his name would suggest, Loki is indeed part wolf, with some husky and malamute ancestry added to the mix. This wild side results in Loki requiring more exercise and time outdoors than most dogs. Luckily for him, owner Kelly is an outdoor aficionado, travelling the wilderness and taking stunning photos that provide us with a glimpse into the wilder side of life, and an escape from the sofa during the lockdown.
Follow Loki @loki for more on the road pics!
Chat to the Benchmark Kennels team today!
Get in touch with us on social media to let us know if your favourite Instagram dog made the list, and to share any dog pics that you have taken while we’ve all been stuck at home.
Benchmark Kennels manufacture bespoke dog kennels to suit dogs of all breeds, shapes and sizes. You can customise your outdoor kennel to be as luxury or minimal as required, with us offering a range of materials from wooden to WPC eco-thermal kennels with extra insulation. You can order a kennel direct from our website or get in touch with us for further advice on the best kennel for your dog’s needs.