Doug the Pug, born on May 20, 2012, gathered a huge internet recognition to be referred to as a celebrity dog. He has a collective following of over 18 million hence being the most famous pug. He has also received awards such as the “People’s Choice Award” for Animal Star of the year. In 2018, “Forbes” magazine named him the second most influential pet. He holds meet and greets and appears at movie premiers and music festivals. He also makes appearances with other celebrities including Justin Beiber, John Legend, Billie Eilish, and Shakira. He features in music videos as well. Some of these music videos are, ‘Swish Swish’ by Katy Perry, ‘Irresistible’ by Fall Out Boy, and DNCE’s lyric video, ‘Kissing Strangers.’ Moreover, he has his acting career established. He voiced Monchi in “The Mitchells vs the Machines.” Doug the Pug has proven to be charming and impressive, and we are super excited to be celebrating him today.
Doug the Pug has to be one of the most recognized dogs on the planet, with a following of over 18 million. He was born on May 20, 2012, and lives in Nashville, Tennessee with his owner, Leslie Mosier, and her husband Rob Chianelli. Before all the fame, Doug was a happy little pug. His owner brought him to her home in the summer of 2012. The dream of owning a pug started when she was 13 years old but did not happen then. She had thought of the name “Doug” and when she got one in 2012, she remembered the name and that is how Doug came to be. She opened and managed Doug’s Instagram account the same way she did at work. At the time, she was working at a record label and artist management company as a social media strategist and manager but didn’t have her own Instagram account.
In 2013, she opened her account and started posting her images as well as Doug’s and within no time Doug’s images started gaining popularity. This resulted in her creating Doug’s own account in 2014, “itsdougthepug” and began promoting it. One of her emails one day found its way to Brian Koerber from Mashable. He was intrigued by Doug and immediately set up an interview. This was Doug’s first national feature. Other features that followed were “Cosmopolitan,” “Good Morning America,” “BuzzFeed,” and “TIME.” He has also been featured in numerous national commercials for Home Goods, Pedigree Pet Foods, Febreze, and Truth among others. He made his acting debut in 2021 when he voiced Monchi in “The Mitchells vs the Machines,” a movie that was nominated for an Academy Award.
Mosier signed a book deal in 2015 titled, “Doug the Pug: King of Pop Culture,” which went on to become a “New York Times” Best-seller after its release in 2016. Following the book’s release, they had to do an international book tour. They toured England, Paris, and the United States. Because of this, Mosier made calendars and a line of Doug the Pug apparel. At this time, she had quit her job and had started her own company, and took Doug as her first client. In 2019, he released a Doug the Pug children’s book and this made Mosier’s mother happy — she was a first-grade teacher. Doug has also launched merchandise with Claire’s which is a wide variety of Gund stuffed animals, apparel, and backpacks. He also has a line of greeting cards with American Greetings and shoes with Sketchers. Finally, he launched a line of dog toys together with Outward Hound.
Brian Koerber of Mashable writes an article on Doug the Pug and this becomes the first article to bring him recognition nationally.
Through his owner Mosier, Doug the Pug releases his book, “Doug the Pug: King of Pop Culture” and it becomes a “New York Times” bestseller.
He gets nominated at the Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards for the “Favorite Instagram Pet.”
Scholastic releases a children's book about him.
Doug the Pug wins the People’s Choice Awards for “The Animal Star of 2020.”
Why We Love Doug The Pug
He is inspiring
Doug the Pug’s purpose ultimately is to give hope and brighten someone’s life. Doug’s inbox on social media is evidence that he gets to accomplish that. His fans write to him daily about what they are going through and how he has been a source of inspiration to them.
He loves entertaining
Doug is very playful. He reciprocates the energy he feels and most times it’s positive. He has many fans, both celebrities, and regular people. His owner, Mosier, is always willing to set up play dates with them. He also holds meet-and-greets and also interacts with his fans.
He is philanthropic
He launched a foundation, “The Doug the Pug Foundation” that caters to children with cancer. Doug and his human create awareness for rare forms of cancer.
5 Surprising Facts
He loves to snooze
Doug is always sorting out warm and sunny spots for his regular snoozes.
Doesn’t like Inclement weather
You will rarely find him outside when there is inclement weather or damp underfoot.
Photo with an egg is most liked
The photo where he posed with an egg as a trend, has since been the most liked photo with over 324,000 likes on Instagram.
His favorite food is pizza
He is not your typical dog, he is always looking for food and his favorite food is pizza.
He has his own holiday
The Mayor of Nashville, Tennessee declared May 20 as “Doug the Pug Day” in the city in 2019.
Doug The Pug FAQs
How does Doug the Pug fly?
When his owners fly, Doug goes in a Sherpa carrier that fits under the seat in front of his owner. He takes a long walk so that he sleeps on the flight (even though he always does anyway).
Where does Doug the Pug live in Nashville?
Doug the Pug, who achieved international social media fame, enabled his owners to move from an apartment in Nashville’s Belmont neighborhood to their first house. They call it “the house that Doug built.”
How old do pugs live?
Pugs live for 12 to 15 years.
Doug The Pug’s birthday dates