What breed is it? just a little boy refers to a series of memes featuring an image of a cute or ironically cute animal or character displayed over an attached YouTube comment thread where a user writes, “What breed is it?” and another replies, “Just a little boy.” The first meme using the comments was posted to Instagram in July 2017 and inspired new variations in subsequent years.
On July 13, 2017, awwmemes.com archived a meme from a now-deleted Instagram page that featured a screenshot of a baby tapir calf standing in the water. Attached to the image are a series of comments where the Part Alien user writes: “What race is he?” and the user Pugia replies: “Just a little boy.” The post got over 4,200 likes when it was archived (as shown below). It is unknown which YouTube video the comments came from.
On April 25, 2018, the Incoming memes Facebook page posted another version of the meme using the comments below an image of a cockatoo, garnering over 170 shares and 680 reactions in four years. This is the first known variation of the meme (shown below).
On July 30, 2019, the cockatoo version of the mem was reposted by Instagram user spill my juice, garnering over 960 likes in three years. On September 26, iFunny user HawkOfLight posted a version of the meme using a scene from JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure. On March 27, 2021, Instagram user 3.141592653589793238462643383 posted a version of the meme using an image of a small dog, garnering over 149,000 likes in one year (as shown below). It was republished on the dogecore Facebook page on March 29, garnering over 1,800 shares and 4,100 reactions in the same time frame.
On October 15, the Instagram page _spoingus posted a version of the meme featuring a cat with big eyes, garnering over 334,000 likes in a year (shown below left). On November 11, the bingus.official Instagram page posted a version of the meme using an image of Bingus, garnering over 33,800 likes in one year (shown below, right).