If you love to see and use memes, we are sure that you have already encountered this Shiba dog in some of the funny memes. Meet Balltze (also called Cheems), a 9-year-old Shiba Inu who lives with his owner in Hong Kong. Thanks to the mischievous on his face and a characteristic grin, he went viral and became an internet sensation.
“I’m a 9-year-old Shiba Inu living in Hong Kong, and I was adopted into my family when I was just one. I am very quiet and when I’m at home, I am very well-behaved and very friendly towards my family but when I go out, I can be a little edgy.”
He is a highly popular ‘Ironic Doge’ character that has appeared in some of the most beloved online memes. He is known for liking cheeseburgers – pronounced ‘Cheemsburger’. Classic cheems memes usually show the fluffy good boi with extra M letters in his spelling, just for fun.
Internet culture wiki page called Know Your Meme tracks back Cheems’ origins back to September 4th, 2017. A picture of a beautiful, quirky Shiba was shared on Instagram, but he wasn’t famous back then. The owner discovered the meme last year when people began leaving comments on his Instagram page stating stuff like ‘I don’t know who this guy is, but he looks like he’s made of CHEESE’.
“With my Cheems persona, I have the superpower of being virtually anyone,” Balltze says. “I kinda enjoy that! Plus, a lot of my Internet friends send me messages, telling me that I cured their depression and brought joy with my memes. I’m very happy I can do that.”
Balltze’s memes have made the Shiba Inu a popular dog breed but would like to remind everybody that there are a lot of amazing dogs in shelters. Instead of buying them from pet shops, you can consider taking a glimpse at your local dog shelter. All dogs are beautiful, smart, and loyal. No matter what happens, they deserve to be loved and cared by great people.
We love Balltze and his pics, so we collected the cutest pics of him to share with you. Scroll down to enjoy!