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Wasabi the Pekingese has folks scrabbling for Instagram: Fans obsessed with pup on social media

Olivia Olphin June 15, 2021
Wasabi the Pekingese has folks scrabbling for Instagram: Fans obsessed with pup on social media
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Everyone fell in love with the cute Pekingese dog Wasabi at this year’s Westminster Dog Show 2021. The little bundle of joy took home the title in the toy group as well as best in show, earning a whole load of new fans in the process. Many people are wondering if Wasabi has their own Instagram page. We tell you everything we know about this little star.

What is a Pekingese and where does it come from?

Pekingese is a breed of dog that is originally from China. It is thought to be one of the oldest dog breeds, having been established in China for over 2,000 years.

This adorably fluffy companion was favoured by Chinese royalty in the Chinese imperial court and they were used as lap dogs, and as furry friends.

The breed was named Pekingese in reference to the Chinese city of Peking, which is now Beijing.

These dogs are highly intelligent, so often training them is challenging. However, they are also dogs that are capable of incredible affection.

Their normal size ranges from 6-9in in height and 7-14 pounds in weight.

Does Wasabi the Pekingese have Instagram?

At the present moment Wasabi doesn’t have their own Instagram account so unfortunately you can’t get daily updates of your canine obsession.

However, his win was announced across Instagram by the Westminster Kennel Club.

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While Wasabi the Pekingese doesn’t yet have their own Instagram page, this hasn’t stopped fans drawing and sharing their own fan art of the dog on Instagram. Warning…some of these are super cute.

Other fans have shared how much they love Wasabi on Twitter, but some couldn’t help but make a meme of the moment.

Watch the video of Wasabi winning at the Westminster Dog Show 2021

Wasabi just won best in show at the 145th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show.

They convincingly won in the toy group and also won a few hearts in the process. Watch the group competition and Wasabi’s victory lap below.

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Wasabi is owned by Sandra Middlebrooks, Peggy Steinman, Iris Love and David Fitzpatrick.

We can’t wait to see more of this little champion. We just hope Wasabi gets an Instagram page soon!

Five top dogs in the Instagram world who Wasabi needs to catch

Meanwhile, here are five dogs that top the list of Instagram followers, according to a top ten compiled by MediaKix:

@JIFFPOM – 6.6 million followers

Jiff Pom tops the MediaKix chart. In 2014, the pomeranian featured in Katy Perry’s music video Dark Horse.

@ITSDOUGTHEPUG – 2.9 million

Nashville-based Doug The Pug has several calendars, a New York Times best-selling book and his own merchandise.

@MARUTARO – 2.6 million

Maruto, aka Maru, is a shiba inu from Tokyo who stars in several photo books.

@MARNIETHEDOG – 2.1 million

Marnie is a shih tzu from Connecticut. In 2011, owner Shirley Braha was looking for her first dog and found Marnie at a rescue shelter.


Tuna is a chihuahua-dachshund mix who lives in Los Angeles. His owner, Courtney Dasher, spotted Tuna at a dog rescue event in 2010 and adopted him. Good move!

Maybe Wasabi will top the charts in the next few years?

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Olivia Olphin is an English Literature graduate and a film and literature fanatic. She has many years of reviewing experience, recently working as accredited press for the London Film Festival. She has also written widely about culture and sex education, as well as LGBTQ+ and women's issues.