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, the 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 – Is it a Biggest Dog Breed?
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 exercise. 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 the height you’re looking for then a Great Dane or the tallest of the bunch the Irish Wolfhound are two great breeds to look into.
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 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
Looking For A Dog Breed Like Juji?
If it’s Juji’s fluffy coat, bubbly personality, and loving smile that’s won you over, but you’re not interested in a giant dog, then the first three dog breeds you should look at are the Goldendoodle, Golden Retriever, and the Poodle.
So let’s take a look at some fun facts for each. As well as a closer look at the Goldendoodle in particular.
Goldendoodle Overview & Characteristics
|Height / Weight||20-24in / 50-90lbs|
|Coat Colors||Golden, Red, Blonde, Chocolate, Grey, & Black|
|Life Expectancy||10-15 years|
|Grooming Demands||Low to Medium|
1. There Are Three Official Fur Types
We learned above that the Goldendoodle has a hypoallergenic coat that barely sheds, but that’s not all that’s exciting about it. These dogs can have a straight, curly, or wavy coat, thanks to their expanded gene pool.
While they don’t require the traditional amount of grooming, their coat still needs to be taken care of, and their coat type will determine which brush and grooming practices are best for them.
2. They Come In Lots Of Sizes
Goldendoodles aren’t always a result of a Golden Retriever being bred with a Standard Poodle. Sometimes, the G-doodle is a cross between the Golden Retriever and a Miniature Poodle. These little doodles can range in size anywhere between their big parent and their small parent.
Then sometimes, a litter of Goldendoodles is a cross between a Standard Goldendoodle and a Miniature Goldendoodle. As you can guess, the Goldendoodle breed comes in a lot of different sizes. In fact, this breed can range anywhere between 25 to 100lbs!
3. Reusing Isn’t Out Of The Question
With designer breeds being, well, a designer breed that is highly sought out, most are incredibly difficult to find rescues or shelters. However, while it may take a bit of looking around and waiting, the Goldendoodle is one of the most popular and oldest of designer dog breeds. This means they tend to appear in shelters more often than other designer breeds.
Golden Retriever Facts
1. A Forever Puppy
Despite their ability to excel in nearly all fields of work, Goldens often retain much of their puppy personality into adulthood. When allowed to relax, they are incredibly goofy and playful for their entire lives.
2. Their Mouth Is Their Hands
Bred to retrieve ducks during hunting expeditions without disrupting their feathers, Golden Retrievers instinctively love carrying things in their mouth with the lightest touch. Without much, if any practice, most retrievers can carry an egg around in their mouth without causing a single crack.
3. They Are A Scottish Breed
While both the Labrador and Golden Retriever share the same common ancestor, the St. John’s water dog, they don’t share the same country of origin. While the Labrador hails from England, the Golden is a true Scot, first bred by Lord Tweedouth, who crossed a yellow retriever with a Tweed Water Spaniel.
1. The Poodle And Golden Retriever Share A Similar History
Just like the Golden Retriever, the Poodle was originally bred to retrieve ducks during hunts.
2. Three Poodle Size Variety In One Single Breed
While some may tell you the toy poodle, miniature poodle, and standard poodle are all separate breeds, they’d be wrong.
The smaller poodles are just a result of selectively breeding the smallest poodles together to create even smaller poodles. There is even a fourth variety known as the medium poodle, however, they are not universally recognized as the others.
3. A German Breed
While you often hear the term “French Poodle” and the Poodle is the National dog of France, they are not native to the land. In fact, if you took German in school, you may have already suspected as such.
That’s because Poodles come from the German word “pudel” or “pudelin”. Interestingly, if it wasn’t for their name, we may have never known for sure that they almost undoubtedly originate from Germany, as their early history is a good bit of a mystery.