Internet mocks Great Pyrenees’ attempt to ‘share’ sofa

A dog sharing the sofa with its owner has thrilled the internet after a photo of the pup backing off went viral.

Shared on Sunday, Reddit user The_north_forest posted the image with the caption: “‘Share the couch'”, which now has over 14,000 upvotes.

The Great Pyrenees dog – although the poster notes that they believe the dog may be a mix with another breed such as a Saint Bernard or a Mastiff due to its size – relaxes on the sofa with a woman on the other end sitting next to the puppy.

“Wow,” wrote one commenter, “Why is there a little pony on your couch?” Another Redditor wrote, “Fluffer Pupper!! He looks so cozy.”

According to the American Kennel Club (AKC), the Great Pyrenees was recognized as a breed by the AKC in 1933 and is now the 66th most popular breed in the United States. The AKC says incredibly large and strong dogs average about 32 inches tall and often weigh more than 100 pounds.

“Excuse me ma’am. There seems to be a polar bear on your couch,” one commenter joked.

The American interior design site Houzz surveyed 10,000 pet owners in 11 countries: the United States, Canada, France, Italy, Spain, Sweden, Denmark, Russia, Germany, Australia and Japan.

The survey found that pet owners in the United States are the most likely to treat their canine friends like family, with 48% of respondents saying their dogs have full access to furniture. According to data from the American Pet Products Association (APPA), Americans spent about $103.6 billion on their pets in 2020, up nearly $13.1 billion from 2018.

“You’re lucky the dog is nice and lets you sit on his couch with him which is a blessing,” one commenter wrote.

“I’m sorry, but what’s the puppy supposed to do when you bought the sofa too short?” joked another Redditor.

Another response to the viral image said: ‘The problem is when you have people and they don’t realize they’re the dog’s place until he walks up to them and decides to share.” And another commenter agreed and wrote: “This!! We have a whole series of photos of guests laughing hysterically as the ‘living blanket’ jumps onto the sofa and collapses on top of them like they aren’t even not here.”

Last week, another Great Pyrenees thrilled the internet after a photo of her touring the office with her landlord went viral on Reddit. “She’s just too happy to be with you at work,” one comment read. “So cute.”

Newsweek has contacted The_north_forest for comment.

A stock photo of a sleeping Pyrenean Hound. A photo of a dog “sharing” the sofa has left the internet in stitches.
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