20 Hilarious Pet Portrait Failures That Have Us Crying With Laughter

Family portraits are one thing; family pet portraits are something else entirely. They can lead to outrageous snapshots. Maybe the dog suddenly has to go to the bathroom…in the background. Maybe a pair of llamas walk their owners down the wedding aisle. Household pets are part of the family, aren’t they? Take a look at some photos where the family pets get in on the fun…and cause some chaos.

Here’s some advice: If you pick up a small dog, expect some squirming. If you try to pick up a bigger one, well, you better be careful he doesn’t deliver a Bruce Lee kick to your jaw.

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One should always be sympathetic to the middle child. The oldest and youngest may receive the most attention while the sibling stuck in between can get lost in the mix. Even the family dogs have it out for the middle child!

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A dock is a lovely location for a family portrait. It has great scenery and atmosphere. Just be aware of how wide those wooden boards are; if they’re too narrow, someone’s bound to take a tumble into the water!

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It’s time to bring the siblings together for a cute photo op. Who needs a professional photographer when you can use the backyard and a Kodak camera? Next time, you may want to check the background before you do the whole “freezeframe” thing.

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If there’s anything to learn from this pic, it’s to beware of little dogs. They may be small, but they have enough bounce in them to jump up high…and you never know where their mouths will end up.

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Felines deserve some love and attention, too. What better way to do so than to arrange for a lovely portrait with some eccentric clothing and a out-of-this-world backdrop? These are couple goals for sure!

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Selfies are ideal when you want to see what’s going on behind you, but letting someone else take your photo? Well, that just opens up you and your significant other to a poorly-timed photobomb…even by the neighborhood dog.

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The winter holidays are a great time for warm fires, large meals, and families to take their yearly photo together. But a word of advice — get your dogs neutered. If you don’t, there’ll be a few additional surprises at the holiday party.

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Taking family photos are infamously hard to do. No one stays still! The best thing to do is to keep your pose, hold that smile, and get the photo over with. If the dog tackles one of the young ones, so be it.

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Some of the best photos are happy accidents. A little burst of creativity goes a long way, too — got a mirror in hand? Check. Two cats, one somewhat more aggressive than the other? Check, check. All good to go!

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Not everyone is a fan of P.D.A. Just because you take a dog on long walks or feed them the fanciest Pedigree meal doesn’t mean the family dog wants to see you snuggle up with your significant other!

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Sometimes, pets are the only children their owners will have. It’s more unusual when they’re an exotic animal. If dogs and cats don’t suffice, a litter of monkeys just may do the trick. All you have to do is pick out a good outfit!

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A disembodied cat head should remain in the surreal world of Alice in Wonderland. Who would want a professionally-done portrait of not just one floating animal head, but four? Sounds like nightmare fuel to us.

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If four floating heads was too much for you, how about just one? This gigantic floating dog head looks less like something from Wonderland and more like the Cowardly Lion from The Wizard of Oz.

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Less of a fail and more of a unique experience, these two newlyweds were in for a memorable wedding day. Who needs a best man and maid of honor when you can a pair of llamas take over the role?

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Chickens can make great pets, and don’t you forget it. This family would surely support your ambition for a pet chicken. Life on the farm may be hard work, but it’s certainly rewarding when it comes to photo gems like these.

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Want to look elegant and fabulous? Shades of pink seems to be the way to go. After spotting this artistic masterpiece, perhaps one could wonder how an all-canine casted Mean Girls would look?

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After making sure the dogs were picked up and the baby wasn’t forgotten, this couple had to figure out who was going to stand on which side of the photo. By that time, the horse was just over it!

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If you want your kitten to be in the photo, expect to see some diva behavior. This cat is going to pose however she wants, and this time, she wants her owner to have the worst view in the room.

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Pythons are not the first animal that comes to mind when we think of a “family pet,” but these parents seem quite content with their long, yellow friend. The child will just have to get over her phobia. Pythons are just part of growing up!

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You can’t expect a pet to be on their best behavior during a photoshoot, but what about when they act up in regular life? These pets were caught in sticky situations, and just like with the photobomb pics, they were captured on camera at just the right moment.

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Well, this game ended abruptly. It’s hard to play fetch with house cats, and this picture perfectly illustrates why. An overly excited cat and a room filled with furniture don’t exactly mix, and almost always ends with a sore little cat face.

There’s something about this picture that makes this good boy look slightly human, and it’s obviously not the adorable snout. The squinty eyes and wide grin paired with the selfie angle makes this look like the dog’s Instagram profile picture!

We’ve heard of sharing bread with ducks, but ice cream cones with chickens? The only thing sillier than a chicken stealing someone’s ice cream cone is this lady’s shocked face. Who knew chickens had a sweet tooth?

No, cats aren’t secretly boneless, though photos like these don’t help dispel the rumors. It’s crazy how elegant cats can look from one angle, but when they’re sitting in a glass bowl, they look pretty weird, not to mention uncomfortable.

Sometimes, the stars collide at just the right moment, the “right moment” being when a girl riding an ostrich comes across a photographer. The excited ostrich face fits perfectly with the girl’s face, making for a truly once-in-a-lifetime photo.

Did you know that owls sleep with their faces down? The weirdest part is, sometimes they do so while on solid ground (or whatever material this is). This little guy doesn’t look thrilled that he’s been woken up by a pesky photographer!

Could horses be the internet’s next silly animal obsession? Klutzy cats have been all the rage for years, so maybe it’s this guy’s time to shine. With his emo haircut and angsty facial expression, he’d fit right in with the internet of yesteryear.

No, this image wasn’t photoshopped. This dog’s creepy floating head is so big that it conceals the fact that he is, in fact, attached to a body. Change the camera angle and you’d see it for yourself!

Be careful where you step! This beige-colored cat must have some evil intentions. Why else would he trip anyone walking down the stairs? Either that or he just wants to be stepped on, which is…weird, to say the least.

This isn’t a fail so much as a dazzling feat of cat engineering. How did they arrange themselves so perfectly? More importantly, how can we join in on their snuggly little cuddling session? Napping has never looked so impressive.

We all know what happens when a puppy gets over excited. There’s a lot of high-pitched barking and jumping, which almost always results in injuries like this one. At least he’s young — puppies like him won’t be down for long!

Could this become one of the biggest mysteries of the 21st century? We’re certainly at a loss as to what’s going on. It looks like a real life version of “fight or flight,” with the airborne dog choosing the latter. The mystery continues!

All this woman wanted to do was record herself doing yoga from the privacy of her own home. She had no clue that a curious-looking pigeon had wandered into the shot! The camera angle makes her look tiny compared to her wide-eyed audience. 

Combining iconic film scenes with cats is always a good idea, as this photo demonstrates. With her adorable eyes and long legs, this cat makes a great Mrs. Robinson. If only she would say her lines without meowing…

Cats are dexterous enough to take the shape of any cushion or chair they sit on, but this perfectly round cat really takes the cake! If you’re freaking out over her lack of paws, don’t worry — they’re still there, just tucked under her fur.

Talk about a ball of fluff! No, this pup isn’t running faster than the speed of sound, though the wind blowing through his long fur definitely makes it look that way. He doesn’t seem to mind, though: Just look at that grin!

There’s nothing like a good wedding photo-bomb! No one quite expected the Best Man to start rolling around in front of the soon-to-be-married couple, but what else is a pup supposed to do to show his love? We only hope the other guests were better behaved.

Dreams do come true! Admit it, you’ve fantasized about puppies appearing from out of nowhere in giant bubbles. Who hasn’t? We hate to break it to you, but this is just an optical illusion. Still, the cute puppy is very real!

If you thought albatrosses were the most majestic sea birds, then think again. This dolphin can soar through the sky along with the best of them, and is just as magnificent as his feathered friend. He’s also super friendly!

Do we hear a bird chirping or a tiny bell clanging? According to this photo, it could be both! We’re not really sure how this bird ended up with his head stuck in a bell, but it definitely makes for a funny picture…and a weird sound, probably.

It looks like your dog got a little carried away with the lipstick! That’s what happens when you leave your makeup out with a beauty queen like Princess in the house. She may have ruined your expensive products, but at least she looked good doing it!


This is probably all your fault for not cracking a window or something while you were out, Greg! What else was Fido going to do to cool off? Something humans don’t know is that toilets are actually the most refreshing place to have a swim.


Those gigantic bug-eyes could only belong to a ravenous carnivore. After all, that’s the only explanation as to why your dog crept into the fridge, snooped through the perishables, and ripped open the steaks you were saving for dinner.


If you were wondering who wore the pants in the family, this photo makes it pretty obvious. Everything about the cat’s face says “I run this house,” especially that mischievous little grin. We hope someone separated these two after the photo was taken!


Ah, young love! Proof that cats and dogs can coexist peacefully, Fluffy and Fido here seem to be on the brink of romance…or maybe violence? Is that love or hate in their eyes? It’s always hard to tell when it comes to our pets.

We have to wonder what the point of a dog door is if only a few tiny breeds can fit through one! We’re sure this particular door worked wonders when this guy was a puppy, but he’s all grown up now, if this door/hat is any indication.

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If the owner hadn’t arrived, we like to think that this cat would’ve brushed her fur, put on some lipstick, and headed out for a night on the town in her owner’s sparkly shoes. At least she got to cuddle with them before she was caught!

We can’t even tell what’s on the floor in this picture — kibble? Dirt? A combination of both? — but it’s obvious that Buster had a grand ‘ol time with whatever it is while his owner was away. Too bad dogs don’t have to clean up their messes!

It looks like someone had fun while you were out of the house! Instead of getting mad about the pillows, try joining in on the fun. Nothing alleviates anger better than rolling around in some feathers with man’s best friend…until you have to clean it up, that is.


Technically, this is your fault, owner. Buddy took matters into his own paws when you turned play-with-Buddy night into a boring ‘ol movie night. What was he supposed to do, cuddle up with you while watching the cinematic masterpiece Click? Didn’t think so.

You’ve heard of walking, playing fetch, even swimming with your dog, but we bet you’ve never heard of this one! Pole dancing is actually a graceful, empowering way for your pup to exercise…or maybe it just looks funny.

If you come home and find your dog cowering on the counter top, you have two options: 1) Bravely search the house for terrifying rodents/monsters, or 2) Move out. After all, Spot did seem really freaked!

Every cat owner has wondered if their cats are playing or fighting. It’s an impossible question to answer, especially if you were to stumble upon something like this. They seem to be in a loving relationship, but the second you leave the room, all bets are off!

We don’t need Ace Ventura to figure out what happened here: Desperate for cash for his upcoming poker game with the neighborhood mutts, Buddy tried to pickpocket his owner. If only she hadn’t caught him in the act! 

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This looks like a movie-still from an all-feline production of A Streetcar Named Desire. Meow-lon Brando here seems to be pretty protective of his favorite gal. Don’t pet his girlfriend, or you’ll end up with scratches.


Is this a fashion statement or makeshift dog cone? It’s hard to say, so if your dog is scratching an old wound, you should still bring them to the vet. After all, crackers are for eating, not healing!

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What’s with dogs shoving their heads into random objects? Sure, this cushion foam seems comfortable, but not enough to wear it like a necklace. By the look on this guy’s face, he’s not quite sure how he ended up like this, either!

This little guy isn’t exactly a wolf in sheep’s clothing. He looks more afraid of them than they do of him! The nearby sheep don’t seem convinced that he’s part of their flock. Hey, at least he has this little lamb costume for next Halloween.


There’s nothing more ominous than a cat slowly peeking around the corner. Any level of chaos could be found on the other side of that wall: destroyed curtains, a ripped-up sofa, a cat-mafia meeting that ran too late — you just never know.


We’re not entirely sure how these two ended up like this, but we’re not mad about it. All they need is their own theme music, and they’ll be ready to go on all the adventures they want…as long as these “adventures” are in the house. 


In a desperate attempt to recreate her favorite scene from the Disney film Lady and the Tramp, this colorful feline got her spaghetti slurp on. She was so eager to perform she didn’t wait for another cat to jump on the other end of the noodle!

How is anyone expected to enjoy a cup of coffee when pigeons are acting like each glass is their own personal restroom? This feathered bully better cough up the money for a new drink!

Once the spirit takes hold of this Dalmatian, there’s just no stopping the music! He’ll slam on that piano all night long, howling out tunes and letting the musical spirit move him. Move over Billy Joel, there’s a new piano man in town!

After a patient gets a thorough checkup in this office, the doctor passes it over to the second-in-command: their cat. The feline will look over the results, sleep on it, then deliver her diagnosis when she wakes up.

This lovely lady channeled her inner fashionista when her owner was out of the house making a dress from her favorite blanket! That dog in the background sure looks jealous because his style is severely lacking.

No game night is complete without a nosy cat making their way onto the game board and completely putting an end to all progress. Whoever is in the lead when the cat comes in and ruins everything automatically wins.

Uh oh, someone got busted! All he wanted was a bone, but he got caught up in some illegal kibble-smuggling activity, and now he has to pay for his crime. Life can be ruff sometimes!

After a long day at work, this employee thought the fax machine was the ideal location for an afternoon snooze. Hopefully, she’s not accidentally faxing pictures of her rear end to her clients!

Why run around in the grass outside under the sweltering sun when you can just drag the sprinkler in through the doggy door? You might as well bring your toys to where the air conditioning is.

There will be no gardening happening when this cat’s around. Still, at least he’s only lounging and not taking bites out of the leaves… at least, not when the camera’s watching.

This dog looks like he’s a bouncer at the hottest dog club in town — and he’s going to make sure no one underage gets in! Pooches better have their doggy tags ready if they want to get in and enjoy the luxuries of that upscale kitchen life.

Even though some animals aren’t allowed out of the house, that doesn’t mean they can’t still make new friends. It looks like every morning these two households are visited by a couple of curious creatures who want breakfast!

Why would anyone watch birds through the open bottom half of the window when there are plenty of noisy blinds to fumble with on top? Must be one heck of an engaging bird show this curious guy’s watching.

There’s really no more proper way to spend an afternoon in the sun than drifting around a pool in a tube while you doze. Hopefully no one cannonballs into the water and disrupts his zen moment.

This cat’s owner bought the spray bottle so they could prevent him from jumping up onto furniture. It turns out the bottle should be more afraid of the cat! Maybe the owner needs to invest in a Super Soaker. That’ll show em!

It’s going to take more than those cute “who, me?” eyes to get outta this mess. She picked a pretty epic fight with a roll of paper towels, and now she wants everyone to gaze upon her victory.

According to the owner of these pets, their cat learned how to break into the treat jar, and their dog acts like he doesn’t notice the theft in progress. That cat owes him a major favor for keeping his mouth closed.

Someone spent a good chunk of time carefully folding dumplings just to find paws all over them. Not pointing any fingers, but it’s a safe bet the culprit is the one peeking out from behind the door.

You’d think that sitting on the actual cushion would be way more comfortable than the wooden box-spring underneath. How did this cat even move an object so big on his own? Something fishy’s going on…

This little guy mistook the dog’s food for his litter box! He better hope his canine buddy doesn’t find out, or he’s in for an awkward day. Hey, when you gotta go, you gotta go, but not in someone’s breakfast.

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