Callum is a Rhodesian Ridgeback mix.
He may be just six months old but this adorable dog has already amassed quite a following on TikTok.
Callum has nearly 1.2 million followers on the video-sharing app, thanks to his fun videos.
Famous for his floppy ears, Callum’s friendly and outgoing personalty have made him a fan’s favourite.
We spoke to Callum’s owner to learn more about the self-proclaimed “king of floppy ears” and the Rhodesian Ridgeback breed.
1) How did you end up with Callum?
I got Callum from a rescue. He and one other puppy of a seven puppy litter were the only ones that survived. He was an orphan. I got him when he was two months old.
2) What is Callum’s personality like?
Callum is very friendly, curious, outgoing. He loves to play, can be extremely stubborn, but is the sweetest dog ever. He is definitely a dominant dog, therefore needs a lot of discipline.
3) How do Rhodesian Ridgeback’s differ from other dog breed you’ve met?
I’d like to mention that Callum is not a purebred Ridgeback. He definitely has a lot of Ridgeback in him but might not reach the height of a purebred. Rhodesians are extremely courageous, protective, smart, curious, and stubborn. I think the big difference is their intelligence, extremely willing to learn but it takes a lot of patience, as they are stubborn.
4) What is a normal day like for Callum?
Callum gets up around 7am and then he is definitely in a rush to go potty. Once he has taken care of his business, it’s time for breakfast. Once he has devoured his breakfast, he goes for a long walk. After his return, he usually plays with his chew toys. Now he is ready for his first nap of the day. Around lunchtime, he goes out for a quick walk, only quick since it’s really hot in Florida around noon. Now he is ready for his snack and play time at the pool. Mid-afternoon, he takes more naps. Prior to his dinner, we usually do training and work on his tricks. After dinner, he goes out for another long walk and some play time. by 7pm he’s usually petered out and will sleep all through the night.
5) Was it difficult to train Callum?
We are still in the process of fully training him. He’s very smart and therefore learns quick, but can be stubborn at times.
6) What’s the most challenging aspect of owning a Rhodesian Ridgeback?
They need a strong hand and an experienced leader. I wouldn’t recommend this breed to a person who has never owned a bigger dog.
7) What’s the best thing about owning a Rhodesian Ridgeback?
They are extremely family oriented and loving. I’ve gained a best friend.
8) How does it feel to have over 1.2 followers on TikTok?
We feel honoured and passionate about TikTok. We absolutely love our followers. We are still learning and it would be a dream come true if all the sudden we wake up to a blue check next to our name. But we can only dream!
9) Do you prefer creating content for TikTok or Instagram?
TikTok for sure. The dog community is super outgoing on there and so lovable in every way. Same with Instagram. We love all of our followers and fans on both!
10) How much thought do you put into your TikTok videos or do you prefer to be spontaneous?
Mostly spontaneous. We started TikTok just to have some fun. All of the sudden we started to grow more and more everyday! It didn’t even feel real. We were all blown away!
11) How does the TikTok community react to Callum? What comments do you get?
They absolutely adore him! We get nothing but love from the TikTok community. We would get comments such as “I love his ears” or “his face is so adorable!” Everyone always talks about his floppy ears!
12) What is your favourite video of Callum?
My favorite video of Callum is where I had pretended to faint in front of him and the way he reacted melted our hearts! It was the cutest and most touching thing I have ever seen.
13) What is your funniest Callum story?
Our favorite story was when Callum was chasing the water coming from the hose and then leaped into the pool even though he isn’t as confident yet in the water.
14) What TikTok pet accounts do you enjoy?
Accounts we absolutely adore watching are @Yo_adrian_dog, @Skaya.siberian, @Pudgeandstanley, @marleynyc, @rex_n_phoenix, @minniethecorgo, @hi.this.is.tatum, @lifewithkleekai, @jadenthekingsley and @heideethegsd.
15) What are the common comments or questions you get asked about Callum?
The common questions/comments that we get are “What kind of breed is Callum?” or “How old is Callum?” We also get comments such as “I love his floppy ears!” or “OMG!! he is adorable!”