10 most popular pets on Instagram in 2017

2017 is almost over, and what better way to end the year than with the top 10 most followed pets on Instagram? Yes, it’s time to kick back, relax and take a virtual walk down the paw of fame.
By Yong Cindy
Published on Saturday, 30 December 2017

You probably follow one or more of these Insta-famous furkids that instantly brighten up our social networks and day with their rad outfits and cutesy poses. The best part is, it’s not just Fido and Puss that make the list, but an orange fox—talk about diversity! From the ever très chic Pomeranian to the sweetest rescue cat, here's a list of the cutest four-legged influencers that Instagram users like you and I can't get enough of.

 

10. Loki (@loki_the_wolfdog) - 1.7 million

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According to his Instagram bio, Loki the dashing ‘wolfdog’ has been breaking hearts since 2012. The part Husky, Malamute and arctic wolf is an outdoor adventure enthusiast. Aware of his furkid’s unique breed, outdoor recreational co-ordinator Kelly Lund decided not to confine the part-wolf to a house or a back garden. As such, the duo enjoys scaling waterfalls and mountain tops.

 

9. Lil Bub (@iamlilbub) - 1.7 million

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The epitome of ‘beauty and brains’, Lil Bub is quite the accomplished feline. A published author, a talk show host and the star of an award-winning documentary, it’s no wonder she has 1.7 million Instagram followers. Despite her extreme case of dwarfism that results in bulging eyes, stubby legs and hanging tongue, this ‘unusual’ beauty is admired by many.

 

8. Tuna (@tunameltsmyheart) - 1.9 million

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Need your daily dose of joy and laughter? Tuna has got you covered. This seven-year-old Chiweenie (Chihuahua and Dachshund mix) has an exaggerated overbite, recessed jawline and a magnificent wrinkly neck. Goofy and charming, Tuna’s loyal followers embrace his physical differences, and connect to his message; that true beauty comes in all forms and radiates from within.

 

7. Juniper (@juniperfoxx) - 2 million

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What does the fox say? Nicknamed the “Happiest Fox”, Juniper the domesticated North American Red Fox was rescued when she was only five weeks old. According to her paw-rent, Juniper loves to eat socks, cuddle in the morning, and hide food for snack emergencies. She even has a canine boyfriend named Moose.

 

6. Marnie (@marinethedog) - 2.1 million

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It’s not just young pets that are shaking up the cyberworld—meet Marnie, the 16-year-old Shih Tzu that was adopted from a shelter at 10 years of age. Found smelly and matted on the streets of Connecticut in August 2012, this sweet furball that was thought to be blind on the left eye was rescued and given the name Stinky. However, after being adopted and having 14 decaying teeth extracted, Marnie, sporting her signature tongue-out look, has over two million fans across the globe.

 

5. Tardar Sauce (@realgrumpycat) - 2.6 million

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Affectionately known as “Grumpy Cat”, Tardar Sauce is an Internet sensation. Her facial appearance is caused by an underbite and feline dwarfism, but that certainly hasn't stopped this adorable feline from turning frowns upside down on social media. Tardar rose to fame when a photograph of her was posted on social news website Reddit by Bryan Bundesen, the brother of her owner Tabatha, in September 2012. She has since been the subject of popular memes.

 

4. Maru (@marutaro) - 2.6 million

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Hailing from Tokyo, Japan, Maru’s owner Shinjiro Ono originally started his Instagram to cheer people up following the 2011 earthquake and tsunami that devastated the country. Since then, this smiley Shiba Inu continues to lift the spirits of millions online, and has garnered over two million fans on Instagram.

 

3. Doug (@itsdougthepug) - 3.1 million

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When it comes to living the “pug life”, Doug knows best. Perhaps the most well-known pug across Instagram world, Doug the Pug boasts over two million followers. The cool pooch from Nashville has graced the cover of several calendars, a New York Times best-selling book, and his own merchandise. Similar to Jiff Pom, Doug has also starred in a music video and in 2015 appeared in Fall Out Boy’s Irresistible.

 

2. Nala (@nala_cat) - 3.5 million

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All hail the most famous feline on Instagram with over three and a half million followers. The seven-year-old Siamese and Tabby is a rescue cat from Los Angeles, California. Nala was adopted from a shelter at five months old, and the rest is history. And like any other influencer, Nala has her own web page that features fan art, her adoption story, and also merchandise with her face.

 

1. Jiff Pom (@jiffpom) - 7.4 million

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The most followed dog on Instagram with well over seven million followers. In 2014, this dashing furball was featured in pop princess Katy Perry’s video Dark Horse. A jack of all trades, this talented Pom holds a world record for the fastest dog to run on two paws. Jiff Pom proves that for one to be famous, it takes more than just good looks. A three-time Guinness World Record holder, Jiff Pom also has his very own website, where fans can buy branded hoodies, shirts and phone cases.