The best sushi you’ve ever eaten, the most amazing vacation known to mankind and an inordinate amount of filtered selfies: that’s Instagram. It’s also the number one destination for celebrities to show us how impossibly cute their pets are. Here’s a look at 20 famous furry friends guaranteed to make you go “aww.”
20. Meredith and Olivia (Taylor Swift)
Taylor Swift may have multiple Grammys and hit songs under her belt, but it’s her two Scottish fold cats named after characters in Grey’s Anatomy (Meredith) and Law & Order: SVU (Olivia) which have helped her become Instagram’s most-followed celeb.
19. Miss Asia Kinney (Lady Gaga)
It takes a special someone to steal the limelight away from the pop world’s most famous meat-dress wearer. Step forward Lady Gaga’s French bulldog, Miss Asia Kinney, who’s so super-stylish she’s even fronted a campaign for luxury fashion brand Coach.
18. Dali (Hugh Jackman)
Oscar-nominated heartthrob Hugh Jackman has undoubtedly boosted his swoonsome reputation thanks to his heart-warming bond with French Bulldog Dali. The pair can regularly be seen walking the streets of New York together and even partake in the occasional Skype session with each other.
17. Finn (Amanda Seyfried)
Amanda Seyfried’s huggable Australian Shepherd, Finn, has also flirted with the fashion world, appearing in Vogue with his Mamma Mia!-starring owner. But it’s his array of amusing and adorable costumes, poses and captions that have catapulted him to celebrity status.
16. Cecil (Cara Delevingne)
Cats and dogs don’t have the monopoly on being celebrity pets. Cecil Delevingne, adopted by eyebrow-raising model Cara after appearing in one of high-street clothing retailer Topshop’s ad campaigns together, has surpassed Karl Lagerfeld’s pet cat Choupette to become the world’s most recognisable fashionista rabbit.
15. Bubba Sue (Miley Cyrus)
Disney Channel’s most provocative graduate, Miley Cyrus, added pig Bubba Sue to her ever-growing pet collection in 2014. They have since posed on the cover of Paper magazine and – controversially – enjoyed a beautifying session together.
14. Dora (Liam Hemsworth)
Miley Cyrus’ on-off partner Liam Hemsworth is almost as animal-mad as she is. The pair actually reunited to find the Aussie actor a new furry friend in 2015, with gigantic rescue pup Dora the lucky one chosen to join his pit bull Tani.
13. Hobbs (The Rock)
WWE icon-turned-action-hero The Rock may be one of Hollywood’s go-to tough guys. But the Fast and Furious star has proven he’s a real softie at heart by making French bulldog Hobbs an integral part of his daily workouts.
12. Pippa and Puddy (John Legend and Chrissy Teigen)
Singer John Legend and wife Chrissy Teigen are so dog-obsessed that they married two of them off. French bulldog Pippa and British bulldog Puddy “tied the knot” in a ceremony staged to raise awareness of the soul man’s charity.
11. Chunk (Chelsea Handler)
Chelsea Handler may have a sharp tongue, but she isn’t averse to the odd warm fuzzy. In 2009, the comedienne rescued German shepherd-chow cross Chunk from a shelter and he subsequently became a regular on her late-night talk show.
10. Toulouse (Ariana Grande)
Pop princess Ariana Grande is possibly the most canine-crazy celebrity of the lot. Named after the kitten in The Aristocats, beagle-chihuahua mix Toulouse is just one of six dogs that have joined her on tour over the years.
9. Kid (Ellen DeGeneres)
Ellen DeGeneres announced the latest addition to her family, mixed-breed puppy Kid, on her talk show in 2015. Discussing the reason for his name, she admitted it was to stop people asking if she was going to have a “kid.”
8. Butters (Katy Perry)
Pop superstar Katy Perry may be more renowned for her love of all things feline, but alongside her near-namesake cat, Kitty Purry, the California Gurl also owns an adorable cavapoo – a cavalier King Charles spaniel-meets-poodle. His name is Butters.
7. Peter Pan (Paris Hilton)
With socialite Paris Hilton as an owner, it’s little surprise that this real-life Beverly Hills chihuahua enjoys the high life. Peter Pan can regularly be seen out shopping, attending glitzy events or jetting off on holiday with the hotel heiress.
6. Ruby (Kaley Cuoco)
Animal rescue campaigner Kaley Cuoco certainly practises what she preaches. The Big Bang Theory star has adopted numerous dogs over the years, including this mixed-breed puppy named Ruby, who went viral after showcasing his dancing skills.
5. Pepper (Emmy Rossum)
Shameless’ Emmy Rossum has been known to make trips to the dog shelter. The actress, who claims she’s happiest after she’s done something good for an animal, added black lhasa apso mix Pepper to her family in 2014.
4. CJ Thornton (Pusha T)
Rapper Pusha T doesn’t seem the likeliest of cute-dog lovers. But as with 50 Cent and Drake, he’s just one of many hip-hop stars who proudly show off their furry friend on social media – in this case, maltipoo CJ Thornton.
3. Olive (The Beckhams)
Having named their children Brooklyn, Romeo, Harper and Cruz, it’s fair to say that cocker spaniel Olive got away pretty lightly when mega-celebrity couple David and Victoria Beckham welcomed her into their family in 2015.
2. Cleo (Gigi Hadid)
Just months after being rescued from a car engine, Cleo Hadid became a tabloid sensation. Owner Gigi posted an Instagram image of Zayn Malik holding him, ultimately appearing to confirm that the model and ex-One Directioner were indeed dating.
1. Scarlett (Usher)
Scarlett the Goldendoodle, a golden retriever-meets-poodle, certainly didn’t come cheap. Usher paid $12,000 for her at a 2012 charity auction, but judging by the number of photos he’s since posted of the pair; it seems like it was money well spent.