Dogs Who Deserve More Followers Than You: Maru The Shiba Inu

Maru The Shiba Inu

Continuing my multi-part series of dogs made famous via social media, here’s number three – the third of ten dogs who deserves more followers than you. Meet Maru, the most popular dog in the world.

The Third Of Ten Dogs Who Deserve More Followers Than You

Marutaru (Maru), The Shiba Inu


Maru, who has the most followers on Instagram of all the ten dogs I’m featuring in this series, is world famous. It’s easy to see why everyone loves Maru. Besides being a beautiful Shibua Inu, Maru enjoys cuddling his favorite plush bear, enjoys all the seasons (and looks good in a scarf) and always says good morning and goodnight to his followers.

Owner Shinjiro Ono began taking photos of the beautiful Shiba Inu and posting them online to offer some cute relief after the Great East Japan Earthquake. He posted 3 photos a day for 3 years. As he joined Instagram, the number of his overseas followers has exploded, and the comment column became filled with various languages such as English, Chinese, Korean, Russian, and Arabic. He now has fans from people from over 100 countries.

There are a few photo books featuring Shinjiro’s photos of Maru, but published in Korean and Japanese.

Maru Book / まるの本

Buy the 2014 photobook of Maru
On Japan’s Amazon
The website:
The blog:

Don’t forget to come back to see the fourth of ten dogs you should follow on Instagram.

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