Ever heard the term, “It Girl?” It’s used to describe a young woman who is so attractive and charismatic that everyone either wants to get to know her, or wants to be her.
Well, if social media is any indication, humans haven’t cornered the market on personality and looks. People post photos and videos of their dogs as often as they do selfies, and almost as often as they post food pics. So much so, that we’ve devoted this edition of “Animal Facts” to the doggy darlings of Instagram—the “It Dogs,” 10 breeds most frequently posted on Instagram.
A Chihuahua can be sassy, brassy, yippy and yappy, but a tiny dog with a ginormous attitude is like social media candy—oh so sweet.
With saucer-like eyes, pointy ears, and a wide range of expressions, they were made for Instagram stardom. It also doesn’t hurt that Chihuahuas are fun-sized, so you can take them anywhere, they can wear a wide variety of costumes, and they can be posed in all sorts of positions. Take a scroll down any Chihuahua page and you’ll see them in everything from glasses and pearls, to a chef’s uniform, even a cowboy hat, holding a miniature guitar. Wanna see what a Chihuahua’s head looks like on a Gherkin Pickle or a taquito? Better yet, wanna see one do laundry or drive? Hang out on Instagram for little while and you’ll get your wish.
Fun Fact: There are two types of Chihuahua head shapes: the bulbous apple-shaped and narrower deer-shaped.
Pomeranians are furry, feisty, and downright foxy (I mean, they literally do look like miniature foxes). So, it’s not hard to understand why they are one of the most popular pin-up dog breeds on Instagram.
Of course they’re super cute, but another reason they’ve blown up on the app is their versatility. They come in a variety of colors including red, orange, brown, black, blue, cream, white, or any pairing of those colors. Their luxurious double coat can be groomed to look like they have a lion’s mane, or trimmed short, which gives them a cuddly teddy bear or “tribble” vibe (if you were born after 1985, look it up on Google). Also, Pomeranians have adorable little faces that look great in virtually any frame. Instagram is plastered with Poms in facial accessories including (but not limited to) hoodies, antlers, sliced bread, sliced cheese, heart hands, and of course, today’s must have accessory—the mask.
If you have a Pom and are thinking of shooting some video or pics to post on Instagram, keep in mind that your pup is the independent type and loves to run the show. Don’t be surprised if they not only star in, but also end up directing the shoot.
Next up are the Farrahs and Fabios of the dog world—Golden Retrievers.
Goldens seem to have it all. They’re smart, beautiful and are the epitome of cool. They never meet a stranger, and are treasured for their laid back, yet confident demeanor. To top it all off, they’re comfortable in and around water, which makes for fantastic pool and beach pics. And their athletic, sunny appearance is perfect for action photos in the great outdoors. These gentle pups also get along great with kids, and we all know that pairing dogs with little ones is social media magic.
So set your camera to burst mode, you might even get the elusive money shot—a full on tail swish. The name says it all…they’re golden.
Admit it. When you think about types of toy dogs, the first one to come to mind is the Yorkshire Terrier. Although they weigh in at no more than seven pounds, they have as many bells and whistles as bigger dogs —cherubic faces, gorgeous coats of steel blue and tan hair that are “to die for,” and more than their fair share of attitude.
No dog is more glamourous or comfortable in front of the camera than the Yorkie. They never seem awkward or uncomfortable no matter how ridiculous the outfit, props or scenery, much like human models. The camera loves this breed. Incomparably photogenic, whenever they‘re in front of the camera it just works— and they “werk it,” for all it’s worth.
The typical Instagram page will feature Yorkies adorned in everything from scarves to birthday hats to Santa suits, bunny ears, tuxes and tutus, but the most popular look seems to be the signature top knot and bow—classic.
When it comes to Instagram, the Dachshund is one hot dog (sorry, couldn’t help myself). Doxies were destined for social media supremacy because they’re blessed with what seems to be more than their fair share of unique features. They’re just fun to look at.
People have always been fascinated with these wonderful “weiner dogs,” with their short legs, soulful eyes, and human-like facial expressions. A Doxie can give you a pretty good idea of what it’s thinking with any number of looks, from a soulful stare to a shady side eye.
Wanna see how a curious canine can be made to look even curiouser? Well, take a trip to Wonderla…I mean Instagram and you just might come across a pic of a Doxie wearing carrots sticks as fangs (`a la Dracula), the traditional hot dog bun, or even photoshopped into a corn dog, cantaloupe slice, or martini glass…the possibilities are endless.
Fun Fact: The first Olympic mascot was a Dachshund called Waldi. He made his debut at the 1972 games.
The Labrador Retriever is the most popular breed in America, Canada and the United Kingdom, so it’s only natural that they’re one of the most posted breeds on Instagram. Labs are down for everything from hunting and fishing, to therapy and assistance, to search and rescue, so why not add supermodel to their resumés?
This breed’s gentle, loving temperament shines through in every photo, and their eager to please nature makes them very easy to work with. Like Golden Retrievers, Labs are most comfortable in their element—the water. Some of the best shots of Labs on Instagram feature them swimming, or fishing something out of a lake or pool…well, it’s what they do.
Labrador Retrievers work well with other animals, kids—heck everyone. So if you want to snap some group photos, your Lab will be more than willing to share the spotlight. You’ll never meet a more gracious co-star.
Ok, let’s be frank, the French Bulldog suffers from RBF—resting Bulldog face. This a breed that looks like it’s having a bad day, everyday. But like mama said, “ugly is as ugly does” and apparently, Frenchie moms tell their babies the same thing, because they tend to be loving, funny and mischievous—the perfect personality for creating engaging photos and videos that jump off the screen.
According to their Instagram pics, some of their favorite pastimes are butterfly watching, riding scooters, kissing yaks and basting turkeys. Apparently, they also enjoy activities like riding tortoises, hanging out in watermelons, impersonating rock stars (namely Gene Simmons of Kiss) and wearing stuffed turkey helmets on their heads…what is it with the turkeys???
No, they may not be the prettiest pups on the planet but they know how to have a good time. Frenchies just want to have fun!
Fun Fact: French Bulldogs have two types of ears. Some have small, rose-shaped ears while others have a larger, bat-shaped version.
The Pug is another breed that has a face that only a mother could love…well, a mother and hundreds of thousands of followers on Instagram.
Like French Bulldogs, Pugs are a brachycephalic breed. They have a compressed snout that gives them a forlorn appearance—wrinkly skin, a furrowed brow, and sad eyes that can melt the iciest of hearts into a puddle. The irony lies in the fact that Pugs are companion dogs that love to be silly and are incredibly intuitive when it comes to their people’s moods, a one-two punch that makes getting incredible photos that much easier.
Some of our favorite Instagram images include pics of Pugs as personal trainers, as UPS drivers, and bartenders. They’ve even been photoshopped into biscuits and caught on camera showing off those furry folds while twinning with a loaf of sliced bread—you can’t make this stuff up.
What dog is known for its friendly, genteel nature, is notorious for tailing its humans as if it’s on a reconnaissance mission, and was born in a tuxedo? Well, its name is Terrier—the Boston Terrier.
The mega-photogenic Boston, called the “American Gentleman” (or lady), stays true to the nickname by maintaining a dignified, even-keeled demeanor, and of course, looking like a million bucks in that fancy suit. They don’t need costume changes or a bunch of props to enhance their photos. Like Pugs, Bostons are usually in tune with your moods and seem to know what you want before you do. Armed with this sixth-sense, and the previously mentioned qualities, this breed was destined for “Instagreatness.” And there’s one modeling must that no pooch has mastered like the Boston has—“smiling with the eyes.” It’s easy to get lost in a Boston’s eyes. If you want to keep your wits about you, you may want to avoid looking into those big, beautiful peepers…they’ll grab you and won’t let go.
As dapper and ladylike as they are, Bostons still love to let loose and make a little mischief, as evidenced by their Instagram portfolio. They can be seen skateboarding, doing yoga, packing a suitcase, or hitching a ride in a shopping cart. You might even see one masquerading as a shark, taco, construction worker or “Uncle Sam,” but our favorite pic is the one featuring the quintessential Boston Terrier head tilt.
Our numero uno dog breed on Instagram isn’t really a breed at all, but it is a type of dog—the Mutt. Mutts are like “super pups,” they’re usually a mash-up of the best traits of two or more breeds. You can always count on a surprise or two with a mixed-breed canine, as someone once said, they’re “like a box of chocolates… you never know what you’re gonna get.” That’s the allure of a mutt. They’re one of a kind and when you add meat to the shoot with outfits, accessories, props and interesting locations, you’re sure to come up with photos or footage that is well done (get it?).
Anyway, there are more mutts in the world than purebreds, and the number of mixed-breed pics on Instagram seem to support this as true. It’s like canine-gumbo, and your eyes will soak up every unique combination.
There are countless pics of them napping, lounging poolside, napping, getting mani-pedis, napping, enjoying playtime with their canine compadres (and the occasional cat pal) and well…napping. I guess, mutts need more beauty sleep than purebreds—heck, all divas do.
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