Other kitties have tried to challenge Grumpy Cat‘s reign over the Internet throne of viral displeasure, but this may be the first true dog competition.
Earl is a puggle, a beagle and pug mix, sporting a permanently frowny face. According to Yahoo! U.K., Derek Bloomfield, the owner of the 5-month-old puppy, recently posted photos of Earl’s pouting mug online, and the ravenous animal lovers of the Web went wild.
The newly proclaimed “Grumpy Puppy” now has his own Instagram, and he is quickly amassing followers.
While his scowl may say otherwise, Earl is actually a relaxed and friendly dog – who just has a seriously silly-looking underbite.
“The vet said he’s as healthy as any other puppy. He just looks grumpy because of his underbite, wrinkles and dark complexion,” Bloomfield said. “He is the most relaxed, content puppy either one of us has ever seen.”
“Whenever he wants something he’ll calmly sit down and stare at us until we ask him the right question. Then he wags his tail in approval.”
When Earl isn’t posing for photos, he enjoys snuggling, meeting new friends and being made into memes.