6 Most Influential Pets on Social Media

By on October 10, 2017

Not all social media influencers are of the two-legged variety. A number of our furry friends are making a big splash across the internet. With followers edging into the millions, television appearances, sponsorship opportunities and even book deals, these pets are proving that as long as you have a willing human doing the technical stuff, you can go a long way as a cat or dog in the social media age.

Here are six of the most influential pets on social media today:

Grumpy Cat
Grumpy Cat was one of the animals to feature on Forbes 2017 list of most influential “people” on social media. She first found fame when a photo of her posted to Reddit went viral. Her permanently grouchy expression has endeared her to millions of fans. And according to Forbes, Grumpy Cat shouldn’t really be so grumpy. She’s racked up millions of dollars from sponsorships, partnerships and merchandise.

Doug the Pug
Self-touted “King of Pop Culture”, Doug the Pug has had a presence on Instagram since 2014. Within a few months he boasted thousands of followers. They loved seeing photos of Doug’s chilled out life and the occasional snap of him hanging with celebs like Shakira or Ed Sheeran. Since launching onto the social media stage, Doug has featured in commercials, a Fall Out Boy video, become a New York Times Best Seller and now plans to use his fame and money to create a childhood cancer foundation. Is there no end to this dog’s talents? 

Lil Bub
Lil Bub made her first appearance in the social media world on Tumblr back in 2011. In 2012 a photo of her went viral and she’s never looked back. Lil Bub now her own soundtrack and her own book and has made a number of television and film appearances. Born with a number of genetic anomalies and a rare bone condition, Lil Bub has also been inspired to work with the ASPCA to form a charitable fund. Lil Bub’s Big Fund supports charities that help animals with special needs.

Manny the Frenchie
Described as a “bacon loving, sink napping, frenchie talking, philanthro-PUP”, Manny the Frenchie is an Instagram star. He’s made a number of TV appearances, partnered with big brands like Southwest Airlines and Subaru and is now a representative for Halo pet food. Manny’s owner, Jon Huang, says his four legged friend likes to use his fame to support good causes too. He goes on a charity tour each year, takes time to visit sick children and is about to establish his own charitable foundation.

Tuna
Tuna, a chiweenie breed dog, is one of the best comedy characters on the internet. His big grin and sometimes less than flattering poses have earned him a hoard of dedicated followers. He launched his own book, which he went on a book tour to promote, and often travels around the world finding the best pet-friendly options. Tuna was a rescue dog before his owner took him in. As a result, he also spends time campaigning and raising awareness for animal rescue initiatives.

Marnie the Dog
Marine was once a rescue pup, found on the streets and nursed back to health by her owner, Shirley Braha. She’s now seen rubbing shoulders with some the world’s top celebrities – from Demi Moore to Seth Rogen, Miley Cyrus to James Franco – all with her signature head tilt, tongue out pose. Marnie has her own book, has made appearances on Good Morning America and CNN and boasts an incredible 2.1 million Instagram followers.

Learning that a dog has more social media followers than you can be a little depressing. But once you’ve seen these pets’ cute little faces you can’t help but see why. Follow these influential social media pets to get your daily dose of furry fun.

About Corinne Ledling

Corinne Ledling is a businesswoman who’s very passionate about her job. She’s a Content Manager at Bizstats.co.uk and loves to share social media facts, tips and her marketing experience.
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