So, how many of you have ever seen a dog do a handstand before? Probably not many of you, right? Well, let me tell you about Jiff, who is not your ordinary dog. Jiff is a cute little Pomeranian dog, who is also a model and actor. He was born in Illinois in 2010, though his owner wishes to remain anonymous. In 2013, Jiff and his family moved to Los Angeles, California, so Jiff could pursue his career as an actor. He is most popular for his appearance in Katy Perry’s 2014 music video for her song Dark Horse.
Who is Jiff the Pomeranian?
Jiff has his own agent, Natalie Novak, from United Talent Agency in Beverly Hills, California. So, what talents does Jiff have, you ask? Well, he can walk on his hind legs, walk on his front legs, walk backward, sign his own autograph and ride a skateboard.
So, why exactly is Jiff making headlines for these days? His handstand, of course. Canadian Olympic artistic gymnast, Christine “Peng Peng” Lee, who attends UCLA in California, posted a video of her and Jiff. The video, showing her and Jiff walking into a large room doing handstands, has received 41,273 views in just a few short days. On April 7, 2017, she posted a short video on her Instagram account, with the caption- “Handstand walking into the weekend with a famous furry friend @jiffpom.”
Jiff is the king of social media:
- His Instagram account has 1,513 posts with 4,583,066 followers.
- His Facebook account, which he created in February of 2010 has 1,494,526 likes with 1,481,715 followers.
- His Twitter account, which he joined in December of 2012, features 6,780 tweets, 73,451 followers, and 12,297 likes.
- His YouTube account, which he joined in October of 2011, features 112,283 subscribers with 7,560,902 views.
And if you think that Jiff’s fame stops there, it doesn’t. Nope, in fact, Jiff even has his very own website at www.jiffpom.com. Really, how many dogs do you know that have their own website? I don’t know of any, to be honest. And Jiff also has his own line of merchandise, available on his website, that includes calendars, puzzles and iPhone cases.
Jiff was titled the Fastest Dog on Two Paws by the Guinness World Records in 2014. He broke 2 records: The Fastest 10-Meter Run on Hind Legs, which he completed in 6.56 seconds and The Fastest 5-Meter Run on Front Legs, which he completed in 7.76 seconds.
He is an award-winning dog too. He won the Most Popular Dog Award at the 2015 World Dog Awards and the Best Animal in Social Media Award at the 2016 Shorty Awards. Oh, and did I mention, Jiff has his own personal holiday? In 2014, the Los Angeles City Council declared that August 20th was known as Jiff the Pomeranian Day.