Meet Juji, the latest internet dog sensation. What has made hundreds of thousands of Instagram users fall head-over-heels for this dog, you ask? Well, Juji is quite . . . enormous to put it lightly.
Standing about 10-feet tall and almost double his owner’s height in photos, Juji is quick to catch the eye.
Juji photos can range from normal pictures. Like the one with him taking a nice stroll on the beach with his owner. Then there are ones that get a little more bizarre, like the one where his owner is riding on his back as they gaze off into the sunset.
As well, there is the downright strange like the one where they are zooming down a hill on a bike together.
But wait, something isn’t adding up. Can a dog really be that size, and is Juji even real or not? At Tindog, it’s time we do what we do best, and that’s getting to the real truth behind this story.
Backstory Behind Juji – Juji Origins
Juji is, in fact, a real dog. Though sorry to burst bubbles, he is not actually 10-feet tall. Juji the giant is a creation by his owner Chris Cline, who edits his pictures to make his cute Goldendoodle Juji look ginormous.
Some edits go further, and in one photo, you can see Chris opening up the side of Juji to reveal a mass inner collection of cogs. If the other pictures didn’t give away that there was some editing going on, then this pic surely does.
Juji’s larger-than-life pictures have always engendered themselves from a place of humor, however.
Editing Juji’s pictures started out as a joke between Chris and his girlfriend, Christine Ann Fagerly. Though, the couple never expected that their little . . . well, big joke would become such a massive hit.
By last year, Juji’s Instagram was nearing a million followers — in large part thanks to The Dodo posting the photoshop images with the help of Chris for their April Fool’s joke.
You can catch Juji chilling with Chris and Christine in Buffalo. Make sure to follow Chris Cline’s instagram to stay updated on this little big guy’s life.
What Kind Of Breed Is Juji?
Even if the real Juji isn’t 10-feet tall, he is still an absolutely handsome and adorable good boy. And that’s got a lot of people wondering if they can get a dog like him.
Juji’s breed is special, but don’t worry, finding a dog like him shouldn’t be much work. That’s because Juji is a Goldendoodle.
Which is a cross between a Golden Retriever and a Standard Poodle. Goldendoodles are arguably the first and most popular of the designer dog breeds which first popped up in the 90s and became incredibly desirable to have in the 00s.
Taking all the great characteristics from two already amazing dogs, the G-doodle is super friendly, crazy smart, and their coats are hypoallergenic. They average between 60-80lbs and live between 10-15 years, which is better than average for dog breeds around their size.
That hypoallergenic coat is super soft and gives them an adorable lamb look that makes them irresistible to not pick up and snuggle your face into.
The Doodle has an amazingly friendly personality, and this, in combination with their higher energy demands, makes them perfect for families.
They’re great dogs for pretty much anyone, but less suited for singles living in a small apartment. These dogs are true social butterflies and always ready to go.
Interested In A Giant Dog
Does owning a dog like Juji intrigue you, but not because of his looks, but because of his mythological size? Well, while you’re not going to find a dog as big as a minivan, you can find some fluffers that will more than scratch that big dog itch.
But first, is a big dog right for you? The first thing about giant dog breeds is they have a big and costly specialized diet! And this, along with their need for bigger collars, etc., makes them more expensive to own than a small dog.
As well, they’ll take up a lot of room, making it hard to keep them in a small apartment.
However, despite their hulking size, they don’t need a lot of exercising. In fact, it’s often recommended to discourage excessive exercise and activity while these big guys are growing.
When getting a giant breed puppy, make sure you can support their rapid growth with specialized food and training. If the Goldendoodle’s exercise demands seemed like too much work in our above section, a giant dog may just be the perfect fit for you.
Still up for getting a giant breed? Fantastic, let’s check some out!
If it’s height you’re looking for then a Great Dane or the tallest of the bunch the Irish Wolfhound are two great breeds to look in to.
With males standing 35 inches at the shoulder and weighing up to 180, the Wolfhound can tower over most people when standing on their hind legs.
But maybe it’s not the height you want, but a big teddy bear looking dog. There are a lot of dogs in this category, such as the St. Bernard, The Newfoundland, and the Bernese Mountain Dog.
All these dogs have amazing personalities, and despite their towering size, they are fantastic around kids. Though you may need to watch tiny kids because these goofs can accidentally knock them over.
All-in-all, if you’re comfortable with the higher costs and OK about their shorter lifespan, large or giant-size dog breeds are some of the best dogs around.
Juji: Myth or Real?
While Juji isn’t actually 500lbs or ten-feet tall, he is, in fact, a rather adorable and real Goldendoodle. But even though his photos might be a bit edited, the edits are quite hilarious, so make sure to check them out.
If you’re interested in adopting a dog that looks like Juji, make sure to check out Goldendoodle, Golden Retriever, and Poodle rescues. If you’re simply looking for the biggest dog around, then make sure to check out shelters and big dog rescue groups.
“Outside of a dog, a book is a man’s best friend. Inside of a dog it’s too dark to read.” – Groucho Marx