Doug the Pug

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Doug The Pug
Born20 May 2012 (2012-05-20) (age 7)
Known forInternet celebrity
OwnerLeslie Mosier

Doug the Pug is a dog living in Nashville, Tennessee, who has gained a large internet and social media following, and has reached the status of a "celebrity dog."[1] He is the most followed pug on the internet with over 13 million collective followers. Doug is the winner of a People's Choice Award[2] for Animal Star 2019. Forbes named Doug The Pug the #2 most influential pet in 2018[3]. Doug's Facebook page has over 6 million likes and 10 billion Facebook video views; his Instagram account has 3.8 million followers, and his Twitter account has just hit over 2.7 million followers. Doug has made appearances with various celebrities and also appears at music festivals, meet and greets and movie premieres.[4] Among these celebrities are Billie Eilish, Shakira, Ed Sheeran, Justin Bieber, John Legend, Cole Sprouse, Brendon Urie, and actors from the Netflix hit series Stranger Things. He appeared in Katy Perry's music video for "Swish Swish", Fall Out Boy's music video for "Irresistible", and DNCE's lyric video for "Kissing Strangers".[5] The Mayor of Nashville, TN in 2019 declared May 20th "Doug The Pug Day" in the city.[6].


The first national feature article on Doug was in Mashable.[7] Since then, outlets such as Cosmopolitan, BuzzFeed, TIME and Huffington Post have posted features of him.[8]

Doug has appeared in national commercials for Truth, Febreeze[9], Home Goods, Dentastix, and Pedigree.


Doug and his owner, Leslie Mosier, are New York Times best-sellers authors of Doug the Pug: The King of Pop Culture, released in November 2016. Following the release of his book, Doug went on an international book tour with stops in England, Paris, and the United States.[10] To accompany his book, Doug has released a line of best-selling calendars and a line of Doug the Pug apparel. Doug's first children's book was released with Scholastic in September 2019[11].


Doug has a line of merchandise at the retailer Claire's, with a range of Gund stuffed animals, backpacks, and apparel.[12] Doug also has a line of greeting cards with American Greetings, sold at Target and Wal-Mart,[13] a pair of shoes with Skechers[14], and a line of dog toys with Outward Hound.


  • Nashville Scene (2015) - Best of Nashville - "Best Instagram" Winner
  • Webby Awards (2016) - "Social Media Animal" Nominated
  • World Dog Awards (2016) - "Best Dressed" Winner
  • Shorty Awards (2016) - "Social Media Animal" Nominated
  • Shorty Awards (2017) - "Instagrammer of the Year" Winner
  • Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards (2018) - "Favorite Instagram Pet" Nominee
  • People's Choice Awards (2019) - "The Animal Star of 2019" Winner


  1. ^ Lowry, Candace (July 23, 2015). "Try Not To Smile At This Pug Re-Creating Taylor Swift's Instagrams". BuzzFeed. Retrieved September 22, 2015.
  2. ^ "Here Are All the 2019 E! People's Choice Awards Winners". Billboard. Retrieved 2019-11-25.
  3. ^ Kocay, Lisa. "Meet the Most Influential Pets: Grumpy Cat, Doug the Pug and More". Forbes. Retrieved 2019-05-25.
  4. ^ Norton, Jessica (August 24, 2015). "Doug The Pug Lived Everyone's Music Festival Dreams At Billboard's Hot 100". MTV. Retrieved September 22, 2015.
  5. ^ Hosken, Patrick (September 14, 2015). "19 Times Doug The Pug Was An Instagram Cameo Superstar". MTV. Retrieved September 22, 2015.
  6. ^ "Mayor Briley declares May 20th 'Doug The Pug' day to celebrate Nashville's canine celebrity". The Tennessean. Retrieved 2019-05-25.
  7. ^ Koerber, Brian (September 19, 2014). "Doug the Pug Isn't Sure If He's a Pup or Person". Mashable. Retrieved September 22, 2015.
  8. ^ Mosier, Leslie (September 4, 2015). "I Quit My Job to Manage My Dog". Huffington Post. Retrieved September 22, 2015.
  9. ^ Peterson, Lisa (2016-11-15). "Doug the Pug and Hip-Hop Legend Doug E. Fresh Team Up For Epic Holiday Jam "12 Stinks of Christmas"". POPSUGAR Pets. Retrieved 2019-05-25.
  10. ^ New York Times (December 2016). "Animals Best Sellers". New York Times. Retrieved October 31, 2017.
  11. ^ "I Am Doug the Pug | Scholastic". Retrieved 2019-05-25.
  12. ^ "Doug The Pug© | Claire's US". Retrieved 2019-05-25.
  13. ^ "doug the pug - American Greetings". Retrieved 2019-05-25.
  14. ^ "BOBS Beach Bingo - Doug the Pug - Pugs & Kisses". SKECHERS. Retrieved 2019-11-25.

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