Meet the Trendy Maltese People on Instagram Are Falling in Love With

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A diminutive pooch has gained a huge fan base on Instagram through his adorable outfits.

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The dog is Toby, a 10-year-old Maltese owned by Vancouver resident Joyce Chen. Chen set up Toby’s Instagram account three years ago and it currently has over 101,000 followers.

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The highly fashionable pup can be seen in over 1,200 photos posing in stylish outfits that would make any preppy hipster envious.

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Toby is often photographed sporting a signature pair of black plastic rimmed glasses, which inspired Chen to begin dressing up her dog after she put them on his nose on a coffee run.

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“I started dressing Toby after I put my sunglasses on him and noticed that he was completely fine with it – most dogs would tilt their heads to get them off, but Toby didn’t,” Chen told the Daily Mail.

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“I probably spend between $30-80 on an outfit for Toby – my favorite is with the fedora, his bowtie and striped cardigan,” she said.

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“Toby actually loves our photo shoots because there’s always lots of treats involved,” Chen said. “It only takes me a few minutes to get a photo of Toby and then the clothes come off and it’s treat time.”

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According to Chen, Toby’s eyes are what makes him a “natural model.”

She told the Mail: “I fell in love with Toby the moment I saw him. He was this little ball of fluff with these large expressive eyes. I had never seen a Maltese with such beautiful eyes!”

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“People are always commenting on Toby’s eyes,” she said. “They say his eyes look very human like. They’re also quite surprised how young Toby looks.”

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Luckily for Toby’s fans, he will have a long life of modeling ahead of him.

“Toby may be 10 years old but he acts more like he’s three,” Chen said. “He’s full of energy and always up for a new adventure.”

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