Adorable dog that ‘looks like a giraffe’ thanks to unique features goes viral
A Silken Windhound looks more like a giraffe than a dog thanks to her unique features.
Cleo often draws the comparison to the long-necked animal on social media thanks to her very long legs.
The 16-month-old pooch was adopted by her owner Claire Puissant, 23, from a breeder in Ohio.
Now the dog has her own Instagram account with an impressive 26,700 followers, where fans rave about the unusual looking pooch.
“Cleo’s long legs are an attribute of her breed, she’s a sighthound and has ancestry from hunting dogs who are notably aerodynamic and lean,” proud owner Clare said.
“She is a highly intelligent, expressive, goofy dog and is very outgoing and adventurous and displays many traits that are common in sighthounds.
“Cleo can be extremely affectionate but also very independent in her own right.
“She enjoys long rocky hikes, playing with her big sister and quiet days-in taking naps.”
The social media star lives alongside four-year-old white and brindle Borzoi named Abeline in Wisconsin, United States.
Clare, who works as a laboratory scientist, adopted Cleo in 2019 and says people love her distinctive look.
On her Instagram, the pooch can be found posing adorably in a range of colourful outfits.
But her extremely long-legged figure makes it challenging to dress the canine, admits Clare.
She said: “Finding Cleo clothing is actually a lot more difficult than it seems, commercially sold products are never long enough for Cleo and often look like crop tops on her.
“I’ve been lucky to find a few Sighthound brands that I really love, and to have really talented friends who have made Cleo outfits as well.”
While her long legs are part of her distinctive look now, it took time for Cleo to grow into them, adds owner Clare.
“As a puppy, she definitely had her awkward phases of learning to run with such long goofy legs,
“But she quickly grew into them and became very graceful.”
Speaking about the online reaction to Cleo, the proud owner said: “I am honestly so stunned by the reactions she’s received online.
“I started her account really just for me, and am continuously humbled by both the Instagram and TikTok communities’ support.
“Silken Wind hounds are a newer breed and I hope that through my account people can learn more about where they come from and just overall what amazing dogs they are.”
Fans have left raving comments about the unique-looking pooch on social media.
One fan gushed: “This beautiful girl could rock a paper bag! Love you long legs”.
Another added: “Bless her heart…she’s a hound?! I’ve never seen such a dog. Cute tho,” [sic]
“You could be a model. A top model. You’ve got the legs for it,” a third added.
Another person raved: “Not to be dramatic or anything but I’d absolutely jump into a volcano for that doggo.”