Guess Which Animal Joins All the Cats and Dogs on This Year's Most-Followed Instagram Pets List?

Guess Which Animal Joins All the Cats and Dogs on This Year's Most-Followed Instagram Pets List?

2017 brought Lil Bub and Grumpy Cat some fierce competition.

By Tamara Palmer

Cute overload warning: The numbers are in for Instagram's most-followed pets of the year, and here they are in one visual onslaught of squee-inducing scrolling. How many of them do you follow?

1. Jiffpom

je t'adore💗

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With 7.1 million followers, Jiffpom the Pomeranian has more than twice the Insta-following as the next furry friend on this list and has set the ultimate social media high bar for a domesticated animal. He's also a three-time Guinness Book of World Records holder for most followed pet. Recognize game.

2. Nala

Pleaseeeee 😽😽😽

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I can sing for you all night🎤🎼🎸

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Nala, a seven-year-old tabby and Siamese mix who was adopted from a shelter at five months, has 3.5 million followers, some of whom surely appreciate her singing talent and all of whom love those eyes.

3. Doug the Pug

“‪Do I get a real tree or a fake tree?” -Doug

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Doug, 6, has 3 million followers and hails from Nashville. He has also received a Shorty Award for Instagrammer of the Year for his many adventures and has a pretty cute Pugly Christmas sweater amongst many items for sale. 

4. Marutaro


With 2.6 million followers, Japan's adorable Shiba Inu Marutaro is the only non-American pet on this list. A spot well-earned, too, don't you think?

5. Grumpy Cat

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Perhaps one of the most recognizable pets in the world, Grumpy Cat (who has 2.4 million followers) has quite the large range of holiday merchandise to consider for your modern-day Scrooge. We can personally vouch for the fact that wearing Grumpy Cat socks might make you incredibly happy.

6. Marnie the Dog

Let's make some crumbs in bed

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I'm oot n aboot

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Floppy-tongued Shih Tzu Marnie, 16, was adopted from a shelter when she was 11. She has 2.1 million followers, loves donuts, makes easy friends with other species and stars in her very own book.

7. Tuna

Tuna, a Chihuahua-Daschsund mix with more than 1.9 million followers, lives a life of Southern California leisure, sipping coffee, taking in beach vibes and rocking an array of fascinators. He's a philanthropist who has helped raise money for rescue causes (he is a rescue himself, too).

8. JuniperFoxx

"She's a lady and ladies shouldn't be messed with" 🎶

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"The sun shines right through her eyes, straight to her heart, and when she looks at me I melt." 🌞 #thehappiestfox

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The only non-canine or feline on this list is Juniper, a foxy lady with 1.9 million followers whose owner is offering yet another choice for your ugly Christmas sweater wardrobe. She's got a fox friend named Fig and a dog friend named Moose, if you can keep that straight.

9. Lil Bub

Happy #NationalDonutDay, BUB. #lilbub

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You know Lil Bub, even though she only has 1.6 million followers. She doesn't have an ugly Christmas sweater, she has a whole line of ugly Christmas sweaters.

10. Loki


This Husky/wolf/Malamute stunner has 1.6 million followers and is the poster boy for outdoor adventuring in his home state of Colorado and beyond. Found in a blizzard in 2012, he loves snowboarding and long walks with his human. Swoon.

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