Golden retrievers are one of the most beautiful and lovable dog breeds on the planet — no wonder they’re on the American Kennel Club’s list of most popular dog breeds year after year! Their gorgeous golden coats combined with their playful and inquisitive natures invite many of their owners to capture them in photos and videos.
If you want to know which beautiful golden retrievers are the most famous on Instagram, look no further! We list 22 of the most followed canine personalities for your scrolling pleasure.
- 1. Tucker Budzyn (@tuckerbudzyn)
- 2. Watson and Kiko (@wat.ki)
- 3. Lizzie and Allie (@lizzie.bear)
- 4. Kevin (@agoldennamedkevin)
- 5. Norby (@norby_bear)
- 6. Honey Bear Henry (@honeybearhenry)
- 7. The Golden Karl (@thegoldenkarl)
- 8. Leo the Cream (@leothecream)
- 9. Nala (@adventuringwithnala)
- 10. Cricket (@fozzcook)
- 11. Louie (@goldenlouretriever)
- 12. Rosty Rodas (@rustryrodas)
- 13. Scout (@scoutgoldenretriever)
- 14. Ellie (@elliegoldenlife)
- 15. Glee (@goldens_glee)
- 16. Waterfront Golden Retrievers (@waterfrontgoldens)
- 17. Magali (@magademagali)
- 18. Sunday (@sundaythegoldenretriever)
- 19. Olivia (@oliviagoldenspecial)
- 20. Charlie and Chester (@champandcharlie)
- 21. Booker, Ellie, and Layla (@goldens.unleashed)
- 22. Google (@googlegoldendorado)
1. Tucker Budzyn (@tuckerbudzyn)
Tucker Budzyn has over 3 million followers on Instagram. In addition to his IG fans, he also has over 10 million followers on TikTok and over 4 million subscribers on YouTube.
After going viral as a puppy in 2018, Tucker has become famous for videos where his thoughts and activities are adorably “interpreted” and printed on screen by his owners.
2. Watson and Kiko (@wat.ki)
The deep love and affection that golden retrievers have for each other are what made Watson and Kiko internet-famous. Based in Spokane, Washington, there are countless videos where Watson could be seen cuddling with Kiko and “embracing” him as Watson would place his two front paws around Kiko. Though it initially began as a trick that his owner taught him, Watson eventually began doing it on his own without being commanded to do so.
Sadly, Kiko developed cancer and succumbed to it in early 2022. Until the end, Watson could be seen comforting Kiko with his hugs in heartbreaking displays of affection.
3. Lizzie and Allie (@lizzie.bear)
Lizzie and Allie are the female counterparts of Watson and Kiko. This popular pair has made its way into the hearts of dog lovers everywhere for their gorgeous photos where they are often seen twinning in the same outfits. In all their photos, the bond they share with each other is evident and endearing.
4. Kevin (@agoldennamedkevin)
With over a million Instagram followers, Kevin or Lil’ Kev from Tampa, Florida is one of the most popular dogs online. He is frequently featured for his antics and silly hats. If you want to be part of this dog’s goofy adventures, follow Kevin on Instagram, Facebook, and YouTube!
5. Norby (@norby_bear)
Norby’s Instagram describes him as the “floofiest bear” that is living the golden life. Norby’s so cute that people couldn’t resist sharing his videos until the press took notice. He eventually got featured on The Today Show. Being the internet famous doggie that he is, you can bet that his Instagram pics and videos will always have thousands of views.
6. Honey Bear Henry (@honeybearhenry)
Henry the “Honey Bear” can thank his fur parents for his massive popularity. His Instagram has photos and videos from when he was eight weeks old until he reached 22 months.
The latest news about him? His humans posted that he is undertaking hydrotherapy where he valiantly walks in a dog-sized aquarium for some canine exercise.
7. The Golden Karl (@thegoldenkarl)
Karl is a gigantic golden retriever that shares a house with Jeremy, a pure black canine with his own Instagram (@jeremybearimythedog). Although each has separate IG accounts, most of their eye-candy pics show the two of them happily together.
8. Leo the Cream (@leothecream)
Leo the Cream is a three-year-old cream-colored golden retriever with hoomans who wanted to make him famous. To accomplish their mission, they gave Leo a Facebook page and a YouTube channel where they post funny and heartwarming posts that get shared thousands of times by followers from all over the world.
9. Nala (@adventuringwithnala)
Adventurous folks who love golden retrievers have developed an addiction to Nala’s Instagram. Her posts fall under two main categories: Home and Adventures. Regardless of location, Nala’s feed reveals the energetic nature of this lovable canine.
10. Cricket (@fozzcook)
Who would have thought that a dog and a turtle could be best friends? Originally from Australia, Cricket and his fur parents moved to America to live with his dear friends Larry and Lizzie the turtles. He is also buddies with Cinnamon (a rabbit), Cisco (a cat), a bunch of chickens, and more.
11. Louie (@goldenlouretriever)
Louie is a golden retriever that became widely known because of his mom’s viral videos of him. Take for example, the one where his mom Kristina Teitelbaum gave him face rubs that contorted his face into a million expressions. With a Californian soul, you can catch Louie having fun outdoors and making tons of friends if he isn’t gracing the red carpet.
12. Rosty Rodas (@rustryrodas)
Rusty Rodas lived from 2009 to 2020. He encouraged humans to do acts of kindness through his gentle demeanor and helpful attitude. Even though he isn’t around anymore, his Instagram posts continue to uplift humans around the globe.
13. Scout (@scoutgoldenretriever)
Scout is a golden retriever therapy dog that enjoys giving cuddles to everyone during his travels. Scout’s Instagram provides tips to US and Canadian travelers while highlighting dog-friendly destinations.
14. Ellie (@elliegoldenlife)
Ellie is the huggable golden retriever of a former Army Chinook instructor pilot named Kevin Bubolz. During Kevin’s deployment, he met Zac, a therapy dog with a mission to bring happiness to weary soldiers like him. Meeting Zac inspired Kevin and his wife to do the same for their community so they recruited Ellie to spread good vibes through the internet.
15. Glee (@goldens_glee)
Glee is on a mission to help everyone see beauty in themselves and each other. This pup’s Instagram spreads kindness, joy, and positivity. Glee believes it’s important to smile more because it makes you healthier and happier. Her feed is a wonderful reflection of that belief.
16. Waterfront Golden Retrievers (@waterfrontgoldens)
We just can’t get enough of Dottie, Frey, Hopper, Sherman, and Zuzu’s fascination with water. Meanwhile, Hopper and Zuzu recently had a lot of puppies so prepare for cuteness overload! Be sure to check out their feet-trimming videos too.
17. Magali (@magademagali)
Magali in Brazil has become so internet famous that she has merchandise like dog “camisetas” (clothes), hygiene accessories, and “woof boxes” filled with all kinds of goodies. If you can understand Portuguese, you’re in luck because you’ll also learn from the feed’s hotel reviews.
18. Sunday (@sundaythegoldenretriever)
Sunday is a cheese-loving golden that loves making people smile. Her Instagram is filled to the brim with fancy pictorials that have a holiday card quality about them. She’s thus quite popular among those who like to include photos of beautiful dogs in their greeting cards.
19. Olivia (@oliviagoldenspecial)
Olivia is a tough golden retriever that fell seven meters and became a paraplegic. Even though her prognosis only gave her seven months to live, her human parents adopted her and helped her walk with a pink wheelchair. Her story and joie de vivre continue to inspire people from all over.
20. Charlie and Chester (@champandcharlie)
Charlie and Chester’s outdoorsy feed shows spectacular views of the mountainside and other natural sceneries. They also have many photos with the family they belong to. At the time of writing, Charlie is nine years old while Chester is four.
21. Booker, Ellie, and Layla (@goldens.unleashed)
Fall in love with Booker, Ellie, and Layla’s antics by following them on IG. In photo after photo with the beautiful Pacific Northwest in the background, they are seen having a great time and lighting up every image with their cuteness and spunk.
22. Google (@googlegoldendorado)
Google is described as cuddly, clumsy, lazy, and always hungry! Check out Google’s nine moods on Instagram. After scrolling through his feed, you’ll surely agree that this doggie is indeed Google-worthy.