Instagram is increasingly becoming a platform for everyone, for everyone. The invasion of cuteness by little four-legged companions is the best proof.
Call them PetInfluencres because they are dominating the feed with affection, laughter, and a charming snout. The best have even more followers than many humans and win the hearts of all ages.
In this article, you can get to know the 10 most famous cats and dogs on Instagram.
Jiff Pom, a Pomeranian pup, is the most followed dog on all of Instagram with 10.3M followers.
He’s reached large-scale commercial success and counts with three Guinness World Records to his name, and friends that include the likes of Shawn Mendes, Ariana Grande.
He is also an animal actor, he was featured in the music video for the 2014 Katty Perry song “Dark Horse,” which has been viewed over 2 billion times on YouTube.
Doug the Pug
Pug and social media star who has risen 4 million Instagram followers through his hilarious pictures, Doug the Pug is adored all over the world and has a red-carpet line-up of friends such as Ed Sheeran, Justin Bieber and John Legend.
The dog’s success on Instagram spawned several calendars, a New York Times bestselling book, and its own merchandise.
Not just your average cat, Nala is a siamese/tabby mix and an Instagram sensation with 4.3 million followers. Nala even has a Guinness World Record for being The Most Popular Cat on Instagram.
She was adopted by her owner Varisiri Methachittiphan at the Los Angeles animal shelter, in 2010. Her pictures on Instagram feature her rummaging and playing about her house, occasionally featuring her alongside other animals.
Grumpy Cat is one of the originals. It all started with an innocent post from his owners’ brother wanting to show his followers on Instagram the cat’s grumpy face, which has now resulted in a spectacular story and global fame.
Grumpy’s face broke the internet and he now counts with 2.5 million followers on Instagram. The following was a surge in grumpy cat memes, animations, artwork, clothing, and books.
Marutaro, also known as Maru, is a Shiba Inu hailing from Tokyo. Though her fame started in Japan, Maru is now well-known globally and counts with 2.5 million followers.
His owner Shinjiro Ono originally started his Instagram to cheer people up following the 2011 earthquake and tsunami that devastated the country. Since then, the pair haven’t looked back and Maru continues to lift the spirits of millions online. He has been given numerous nicknames on media outlets, most notably “The Smiliest Dog in Japan.”
Marnie The Dog
Marnie is the most popular rescue dog on Instagram. Best known for her big eyes and signature tongue out expression, Marnie is an elderly Shih Tzu originally adopted in Connecticut.
Marnie has her own book Marnie The Dog I’m a Book and serves to inspire elderly pet adoption. Unfortunately, she passed away in 2020 at the age of 18. Her Instagram, nowadays, is occupied by her sister, a senior rescue named Phyllis.
Tuna is a 10 year-old Chiweenie with an exaggerated overbite, recessed jaw, and a magnificent wrinkly neck. He was adopted by Courtney Dasher in December of 2010 at a Farmers Market in LA when he was a four-month old puppy. Nowadays, he has over 2.1 million followers on Instagram and over 2.5 million on all of his social channels combined.
He is an ambassador for animal rescue, since he too was once rescued, and it has become a part of Courtney’s mission to raise awareness for rescue groups through this platform.
Tuna has traveled on an American tour raising awareness for animal rescue and also stars in his own book. You can even request a camera and find him on a calendar, at his own shop.
Harlow and Sage
Harlow, the Weimaraner, and Sage, the Miniature Dachshund, were inseparable duo! From adventures outside to cuddling up at bedtime each night, nothing came between them. They are the original members of the family but sadly Sage passed away in 2013.
Indiana and Reese, both miniature dachshunds, were soon added to the mix and complete the group. Brittni Vega posts photos of the 3 best friends daily and has used their online success to publish a New York Times best-selling book, create Harlow and Sage themed merchandise, and start a dog toy line.
Stay tuned because the family can (and it will) grow even more!
Maddie from This Wild Idea
Maddie is a Nashville-based Coonhound that stars in her owner Theron Humphrey’s Instagram. Humphrey is a photographer that adopted her in Georgia when he was setting out on a photography project across all 50 U.S. states.
He quickly realized that Maddie had a great sense of balance and a knack for holding a pose, and she soon became the center of his photo series. Maddie now has her own photobook and has partnered with Discover Boating, Goose Island, and more.
Manny The Frenchie
Manny the Frenchie is a French bulldog from Chicago, Illinois with an impressive 1.1M Instagram followers. His owners Amber Chavez and Jon Huang initially posted photos of him as a puppy for friends to see, but realized he had far reaching appeal.
Currently, the most followed bulldog online, Manny boasts partnerships with State Farm, Turtle Wax, and more. He is also the face of Martha Stewart’s PetSmart line.
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