Cute pooches are dominating social media in Toronto. The most famous dogs have 100,000 followers, outperform their owners’ accounts with just a few puppy-eyed posts, and get flanked by fans looking for photos at the park (pending approval from their momagers, of course). Here, our 20 favourite canine celebs.
20 There’s something so majestic about the way this four-year-old Hungarian Puli’s dreadlocks swing in the wind. His style is versatile: he can be a cool, man bun–sporting pup chilling in the park, or, at other times, a mop.
Howard the Great
19 This two-year-old great Dane is massive but clearly a gentle giant at heart (here he is cuddling a kitten and enjoying some soft ice cream). We wouldn’t cross him when he’s moody, though.
17The border terrier bears an uncanny resemblance to the Malfoys’ house elf (though he prefers to dress up as Harry Potter). Like his namesake, he also appreciates a good pair of socks.
15The nine-month-old husky mix has only been ‘gramming for a few months, but those icy blue eyes have already earned her thousands of fans. Her hangout of choice is High Park, where she could probably be mistaken for a wolf at night.
14At 140 pounds, this nearly three-year-old Newfie is like a humongous teddy bear. His exercise regime consists of prancing through the river at Hilton Falls, running lakeside at Cliff Lumsdon Park and hiking to the top of Mount Nemo in Burlington.
13This Maltese Yorkshire terrier from Queen West is known for his sartorial staple: hoods. Don’t be fooled by his Graffiti Alley gangster poses; 20 weeks ago, he weighed only 2 pounds.
11Roo is a four-year-old Dutch whippet who wears winter parkas and is training to become a therapy dog. She has a severe congenital heart defect that prevents her from running too much (warning: looking in those eyes will trigger all your feelings).
10This two-year-old mini schnauzer has mastered the close-up shot. His rotating wardrobe of precious ensembles ensures he’s cute without being too twee.
8This pug puppy is a TTC-riding, bathrobe-wearing badass. His biggest achievement to date is his 2016 calendar, “Helmut with Hotties,” wherein he poses with hunky humans (all proceeds go to Pugalug Pug Rescue).
7Lili, a French bulldog who’s less than a year old, skyrocketed to Insta-fame with her scrunchy face, blue-tinged fur and soulful eyes. A proclivity for comfy hoodies, cocktails and water sports make her the Jennifer Lawrence of the dog world.
Rems and Shmends
6The inseparable golden retriever and King Charles cavalier spaniel live the high life in Forest Hill, where they lounge on red velvet sofas, roll around on Persian rugs and frolick in beautiful backyards.
5Named for her resemblance to a kangaroo, this Italian greyhound is a west-end fashion icon. She wears pearl necklaces, oversized shades and silk headscarves when she hangs out with admirers in Trinity Bellwoods or shops for retro finds at Cabaret Vintage.
4This miniature schnauzer, with his scruffy beard and affinity for thick-rimmed glasses, is the hippest pooch in Toronto. He’s rarely spotted without a buttoned-up plaid shirt, cozy cardigan or loud socks, Starbucks latte or glass of bubbly in paw.
1One-year-old basset hound Dean—“Deaner” to his inner circle—has won thousands of human hearts with his stone-cold stare: a mix between total apathy and utter distaste (though he does have some sass and a weakness for pizza). He doesn’t care about nabbing the top spot on our list.