If you’ve spent any time at all on social media, you will no doubt have encountered a certain Shiba dog with a mischievous look on his face.
Cheems is a highly popular ‘Ironic Doge’ character, and his distinctive grin has appeared in some of the world’s most beloved memes.
Known for liking cheeseburgers – pronounced ‘Cheemsburger’ – classic Cheems memes generally see the golden furred boy including extra M letters in his spelling, to humorous effect.
According to Know Your Meme, Cheems’ origins can be traced back to September 4, 2017, when a picture of a beautiful, quirky Shiba Inu was uploaded to Instagram.
The dog’s now famous face would later be used in various ‘Cheems’ memes, and within three years, the original post had clocked up over 9,000 likes, making people chuckle from all across the world.
One of the most popular meme strands must surely be ‘Swole Doge vs. Cheems’, which compares members of the same group from two different eras, making humorous comparisons about the disparity between generations.
For example, ‘My dad at 17 vs. me at 17’, whereby the dad figure is large, ‘swole’ and imposing and the son little, unassuming and puppy-like.
A favourite at UNILAD HQ is the meme which shows Cheems ‘bonk’-ing himself on the head with a baseball bat before sending himself to horny jail.
Of course, there is a real dog behind this meme, and he has the most delightfully expressive face and cuddliest appearance you could wish for.
Behind the scenes, Cheems is really called Balltze, and is a nine-year-old self-described ‘fluffy boi’ from Hong Kong.
Now, in surely what must be one of my favourite interviews to date, I managed to catch up with the good boi himself, who told UNILAD a little bit about what it’s like to be one of the most famous doggos on the internet:
Yes I still find it surreal, overall I’m just a dog never thought I could bring so much joys and laughs to the Internet.
I couldn’t walk away from a conversation with the real Cheems without finding out exactly which Cheems memes he liked best.