Doug the Pug

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Doug The Pug
"When you look like a thumb" - Doug
Born20 May 2011 (2011-05-20) (age 7)
Cincinnati, Ohio
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. Born in Ohio, Doug made the move to Nashville as a puppy when his owner, Leslie Mosier, bought him from an Ohio breeder in March 2012.[1] He has a large following on social media and has reached the status of a "celebrity dog."[2] He is the most followed pug on the internet. Doug's Facebook page has over 6 million likes and 10 billion Facebook video views; his Instagram account has 3.6 million followers, and his Twitter account has just hit over 2 million followers. Doug also has his own Vine, Spotify and YouTube accounts. Doug has made appearances with various celebrities and has appeared at special events such as music festivals, meet and greets and movie premieres.[3] Among these celebrity friends are Ed Sheeran, Justin Bieber, Meghan Trainor, John Legend, Cole Sprouse, actors from the Netflix hit series Stranger Things and many more. He also appeared in Katy Perry's music video for "Swish Swish".[4] Doug was recently sent to both Lollapalooza and the first ever Billboard Hot 100 Fest.[5]

After Doug's social media started gaining more and more attention, big companies started paying attention. The first to write a feature on Doug was Mashable.[6] Since then, companies like Cosmopolitan, BuzzFeed, TIME and Huffington Post have begun to take an interest and post their own features of him.[7] His photos have been featured on shows like Good Morning America.

Doug is also the first verified animal on Spotify. Most recently, Doug appeared in an alternative music video for Fall Out Boy's song Irresistible featuring Demi Lovato.[8] Along with appearing with Fall Out Boy Doug the Pug recently appeared with Dustin Lynch at the American Country Music Award show on April 3, 2016.[9] He also appeared with LoCash and Cassadee Pope supposedly talking beer with LoCash and giving Cassadee Pope fashion tips.[10]

Doug and his owner, Leslie Mosier, are also New York Times best sellers for their book Doug the Pug: The King of Pop Culture that was released November 1, 2016. Following the release of his book, Doug went on an international book tour featuring stops in England, Australia, and the United States.[11] To accompany his book, Doug has also released a line of calendars and a line of Doug the Pug apparel. This merchandise follows the themes of Netflix's original hit series Stranger Things and Stephen King's IT. As of 2017, Doug has a net worth of over $500,000.[12]


  • 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


  1. ^ Alfs, Lizzy (September 17, 2015). "Nashville's 'Doug the Pug' takes Internet by storm". The Tennessean. Retrieved September 22, 2015.
  2. ^ Lowry, Candace (July 23, 2015). "Try Not To Smile At This Pug Re-Creating Taylor Swift's Instagrams". BuzzFeed. Retrieved September 22, 2015.
  3. ^ Norton, Jessica (August 24, 2015). "Doug The Pug Lived Everyone's Music Festival Dreams At Billboard's Hot 100". MTV. Retrieved September 22, 2015.
  4. ^ Hosken, Patrick (September 14, 2015). "19 Times Doug The Pug Was An Instagram Cameo Superstar". MTV. Retrieved September 22, 2015.
  5. ^ Norton, Jessica (August 24, 2015). "Doug The Pug Lived Everyone's Music Festival Dreams At Billboard's Hot 100". MTV. Retrieved September 22, 2015.
  6. ^ Koerber, Brian (September 19, 2014). "Doug the Pug Isn't Sure If He's a Pup or Person". Mashable. Retrieved September 22, 2015.
  7. ^ Mosier, Leslie (September 4, 2015). "I Quit My Job to Manage My Dog". Huffington Post. Retrieved September 22, 2015.
  8. ^ Lindner, Emilee (October 16, 2015). "Fall Out Boy Invite Demi Lovato — And Doug The Pug — To Remix 'Irresistible' And It's Adorably Badass". MTV. Retrieved October 17, 2015.
  9. ^ "Doug The Pug Does NOT Look Like He Enjoyed The Red Carpet — Or Dustin Lynch — At The ACM Awards 2016! See All The Celebs' Twitpics & Instagrams!".
  10. ^ "ACMs 2016: Doug the Pug, Red Carpet Photos". 3 April 2016.
  11. ^ New York Times (December 2016). "Animals Best Sellers". New York Times. Retrieved October 31, 2017.
  12. ^ Net Worth (February 2017). "Doug the Pug". Net Worth. Retrieved October 31, 2017.

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