Tonkey Bear, the Shar-Pei Puppy With a Teddy Bear Face, Is Everyone’s New Obsession

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Tonkey Bear, the Shar-Pei puppy with the cutest face, is the Internet's new obsession -- see photos of the adorable dog here! bearcoat_tonkey/Instagram

The honky tonkey badonka bear! Meet Tonkey Bear, a Shar-Pei puppy with the face of a teddy bear, who is the Internet's newest obsession.

The 4-month-old pooch has more than 165,000-plus followers on Instagram, and has made headlines for her angelic face, tiny paws, heart-shaped button nose, pale green eyes, and of course, that fuzzy little bear coat.

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Tonkey Bear's lucky owner, Christine Park, wrote a post on Bored Panda about her sweet Shar-Pei puppy's meteoric rise to fame. "8 weeks ago I created Tonkey her own Instagram account for the sole purpose of making friends myself," she wrote. "The way it was supposed to go down: post photo of cute dog, cute dog attracts good-looking friends, good-looking friends want to hang out with me."

Tonkey Bear has indeed attracted some new friends — and she's a natural in front of the camera, too. "Werkin it to work," one post on the account read last month.

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She's also very well behaved.

A video posted by Tonkey Bear (@bearcoat_tonkey) on Jul 27, 2015 at 6:49pm PDT

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According to Park, Tonkey Bear is 100 percent Shar-Pei, although some may argue that she's part bear. The pooch lives in Edmonton, Alberta, and has a big sister named Maxi, who was a rescue pup. Naturally, Tonkey and Max are besties.

"Max, Tonkey, and Tonkey's mouth towel," the account posted on Thursday, July 29, alongside a sweet snap of the puppies.

Max, Tonkey, and Tonkey's mouth towel ?. . . #tonkey #the #walking #puddle ????

A photo posted by Tonkey Bear (@bearcoat_tonkey) on Jul 29, 2015 at 3:33am PDT

Tonkey is popular among other puppy pals, too.

Last night– Tonkey and her protector, Blue ????

A photo posted by Tonkey Bear (@bearcoat_tonkey) on Jul 6, 2015 at 3:41pm PDT

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Park spoke to Mashable about Tonkey Bear's fame on Thursday, July 29, saying some have apparently accused her of "messing around" with the Shar-Pei breed and have called Tonkey a "designer dog." She takes the haters in stride, though.

Park sought out a Shar-Pei after becoming familiar with the breed's history. Shar-Peis, which originate from China, nearly went extinct in the '70s due to mass extermination. The name is translated into "sand skin," since Shar-Peis are known for their distinctive, rough, but adorable wrinkly coats.

"We knew this breed was special," Park told Mashable. "And it was decided Maxi's future bestie would be a Shar-Pei."

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