Dog with ‘static’ hair after rubbing on couch vs. Pokemon

From the French Bulldog who only drinks bottled water, to the Doberman “mourning” over his stuck tennis ball, the internet can’t get enough of dogs that are quirky little guys.

The latest pooch to have a wild time is delighting Pokemon fans on Reddit. A tiny terrier has turned into a ball of static electricity after rubbing himself on his owner’s new couch, with fans calling the dog an ‘electric type’.

Captioned “A very static little munchkin after rubbing up on the new sofa”, since being posted on Sunday by a downvote user, the video has received more than 61,000 upvotes and nearly 400 comments from users liking the new drastic “do” of the dog.

Majocalamity said, “I’m not up to date on all the new Pokemon but I’m sure it’s an Electric type.”

Fuzzytradr jokingly agreed, “And that’s not even his final form.”

Soapdropper thought the pup was a “Jolteon”, while SmokyJosh suspected it was a “Yamper”.

While TiSpork invented its own Pokemon, calling it a “Pikachihuahua”.

Since the release of Pokemon Red and Blue in 1996, Pokemon became one of the best-selling video game franchises of all time. With approximately 386 million units sold worldwide, the Nintendo-exclusive series is second only to Tetris (496.4 million units), Call of Duty (400 million units) and Super Mario Bros. (387.7 million units).

The last entry in the series, Arceus, was released in January 2022 and had sold 12.64 million copies by March. Electric-type Pokémon, including the franchise’s mascot Pikachu, are one of 18 elemental types in the series. As their name suggests, they use electricity to electrocute or paralyze their enemies. Their moves are super effective against Water- and Flying-type Pokemon, but Electric-types are weak against Dragon-, Grass-, and Ground-type attacks.

Non-Pokémon fans also enjoyed the video, and it wasn’t long before the puns started rolling in.

Jilangie commented, “Little munchkin looks ex-static with the new couch.”

Ellynmeh said: “This dog is currently in charge.”

Despite how common static electricity is, it’s only recently that science has been able to explain why it exists. Scientists who study the nanoscale – studying objects a billionth of a meter or smaller – have found that if you zoom in far enough, you’ll discover bumps and dips called “asperities”. Even the smoothest surface has nano-level roughness, and when rubbed together, these micro-imperfections cause friction.

Some users have joked that the dog’s electrical properties could pose a risk to human health.

Pabut wrote: “When this dog finally unloads, it will be love at first sight.”

BBQFlyer said: “I would almost be afraid to touch the little thing!!”

Anna_88 commented, “Looks like this adorable cutie will zap you like a taser in the face.”

Newsweek contacted u/downriverrowing for comment.

A photo of a dachshund with erect hair from static electricity. Reddit users have compared the dog to electric Pokemon including Jolteon and Yamper.
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