An Alaskan Klee Kai’s envious reaction to seeing another dog getting attention from their owner has captured the imagination of social media.
A video showcasing the response was posted to TikTok by lifewithkleekai, where it has amassed more than 19 million views already.
The video centers on two dogs, a lighter-colored Alaskan Klee Kai called Copper, and a darker-colored canine of the same breed called Skye.
As the clip begins, an on-screen caption can be seen reading: “Kiss your dog on the head and film their reaction.”
In the footage, their owner Yasmin, begins the challenge by kissing Skye on the head – and Copper is far from happy about it.
The disgruntled and evidently jealous dog lets out a series of yelps to show his disapproval.
While Yasmin is quick to then show the same affection to Copper, the canine’s stand-offish stance afterwards appears to suggest he is still not best pleased.
“He is a drama king,” a caption accompanying the video read. The clip was the source of much amusement to fans on TikTok and can be viewed here.
Irshadjessa said: “He was like ‘hey, hey, hey what about me?'” 1991_Nissan_r32_gtr commented: “He was about to throw hands if you didn’t kiss him too!” Princess Disiree imagined Copper saying “I get a kiss too mom” while cmbtokki thought he was probably shouting: “you better not forget about me.”
“You can tell which one would be the emotional support pet and which one needs the emotional support,” jaxwritessongs joked.
In a follow-up video viewed 6.8 million times, Yasmin showed what happened when she kissed Skye and Copper in different order. Perhaps, unsurprisingly, Skye barely registered the fact Copper got their owner’s attention first.
Though some may laugh at the suggestion, previous studies have proven that, like humans, dogs are capable of experiencing feelings like jealousy.
In 2014, researchers at the University of California, San Diego discovered dogs exhibited jealous behaviors when their owners showed affection to what appeared to be another dog. A stuffed dog-like toy capable of barking, whining and wagging its tail was used in the test.
Scientists monitored the interactions of 36 owners and their dogs as part of the test, examining the canines’ reactions when ignored in favor of the stuffed canine.
The research, published by the Public Library of Science, found dogs were almost twice as likely to touch, push or vocally alert their owners when they interacted with the fake dog compared with the number challenging the mock canine.
“Many people have assumed that jealousy is a social construction of human beings – or that it’s an emotion specifically tied to sexual and romantic relationships,” study co-author and psychology professor Christine Harris said.
“Our results challenge these ideas, showing that animals besides ourselves display strong distress whenever a rival usurps a loved one’s affection.”
Newsweek has contacted lifewithkleekai for comment.
Dog reactions remain a constant source of entertainment on social media.
One recent example saw canine fans fall in love with an adorable husky who went viral after a video showcasing the damage he did to his owner’s home, coupled with the dog’s guilty reaction, was posted to TikTok.
In another recent big hit, a Great Pyrenees garnered fans worldwide after being caught on camera clumsily sitting down on top of her owner’s cat.