The Instagram animals to watch in 2015

Instagram pets

Presenting the Instagram class of 2015: Animal edition.

Looking back, 2014 was a spectacular year for pet celebrities. We got to know Grumpy Cat, famous for a peculiar expression caused by feline dwarfism; Marnie the Dog, a senior pup with a tilted head and a tongue constantly sticking out of her mouth; and Lil Bub, who overcame a kittenhood of suffering to become one of the wealthiest (and most generous) cats on the planet.

But as smartphone ownership grows globally—and as Instagram, once the playground of techies and teenagers, continues its march into the mainstream—the list of cute pets with social media accounts will only continue to grow.

So far, this year has been even more of a zoo than the last, with plenty of underdogs (LOL) climbing the ranks of pet celebrity status. Proud Shiba Inus, frolicking rag dolls, and bedraggled drunkard tabbies run rampant about the Web, showcasing their good looks and ludicrous antics. Here are some of 2015’s most promising up-and-comers.


Hinata, Aoi, and Sora

@hinaosora

I call these guys the Three Bros. You don’t wanna mess with them. They don’t have time for your b.s. because they’re straight chillin’.

動かない動画です^ ^ #dog #shibainu #shiba #柴犬 #黒柴 #赤柴 #兄弟

A video posted by yu matsu (@hinaosora) on


Kooty the Owl Cat

@kootythecat

Kooty is less of a cat and more of a Studio Ghibli character. She has gigantic, greenish-yellow eyes that peer suspiciously out from the puff of black fur that is her body. I’m convinced that in her former life, Kooty was a beautiful princess, accustomed to being doted upon and adored.

Polite little queeeeeen, young and sweet, almost thirteeeeeeeen! 🎶

A photo posted by Kooty the Owl Cat (@kootythecat) on


Ranger and Bandit

@ranger_and_bandit

These two Australian cattle dogs are always on an adventure. They seem to spend their days cavorting about in the snow, herding squirrels, and carrying big sticks as far as possible before collapsing in an exhausted heap in front of the fire. If your dream life includes a cabin in the woods and days spent snow-shoeing and ice-fishing, Ranger and Bandit are your dudes.

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Marron

@minapple

This Shiba Inu’s theme song is the Police’s “Every Breath You Take.” She croons it to you in the morning as her black eyes bore into your slumbering face, because she’s ready for you to wake. up. It’s time for BREAKFAST!

ピントはカピカピお鼻

A photo posted by マロたん (@minapple) on


Nelson

@nelsonthegoldendoodle

Nelson’s the coolest hipster pup in town. With his own sidecar and a best friend named Walter, Nelson the Golden doodle rules the wild western roads of Dallas, Texas.

The kiddos love me doods! #tbt 😛😎👶

A photo posted by Nelson the Goldendoodle (@nelsonthegoldendoodle) on


Shadow and Scuba

@shadow_scuba

Scuba’s intense lazy eye and Shadow’s unapologetic double chin make for the perfect villainous match, though their mutual love for each other makes it obvious that despite their strange looks, these kitties are pure of heart.

Hello friends! Sending kisses from Scuba and Shadow to you all! #ScubaTheCat #ShadowTheCat 😽😸

A photo posted by Scuba and Shadow (@shadow_scuba) on


Duck

@duckthecat

Where does one even begin with Duck? With her lush, strawberry-blonde fur and one of the sweetest personalities on the Web, this magnificent creature is destined for stardom. Duck stole my heart; there’s no doubt she’ll steal yours, too.


Potato

@potato

This pudgy French bulldog is a real prince. He’s well-dressed, well-fed, and well-loved. Unless you’re a mirthless pup-hater, this little guy’s enthusiasm and attitude should make even your worst days a little better.

Excuse me? Please lift me onto this bed immediately. Like now. #Frenchie #NYC

A photo posted by Potato Pishevar Hammerling (@potato) on


Cooper

@cooperthehimmie

Cooper’s nothing if not a king. This seal-point Himalayan has a gorgeous coat and a perpetually furrowed brow that contribute to his concerned yet imperious attitude. He’s the kind of cat that would definitely judge you for picking your nose in his company—it’s very disrespectful.


Miru and Garu

@mirugaru

Miru and Garu are two good-looking BFFs, scampering about their house and causing trouble wherever they go. Let these cuties inspire you to do something super-sweet for your best friend soon.

Not sure what she s doing…

A photo posted by Miru – Garu – Haru (@mirugaru) on


Lucielle Bull

@lucyfarted

I don’t even know where to begin with this pup. She’s sweet, photogenic, and oh-so-huggable—despite her apparent flatulence problem. This girl’s got star appeal, and she’s one to keep an eye on in 2015.

#elfieselfie #photobomb And to all a good night !

A photo posted by Lucielle Bull (@lucyfarted) on


Photos via Instagram | Remix by Jason Reed