Toco The Human Dog: Story Of Japanese Man Who Turned Himself Into Border Collie Goes Viral – Photos and Video

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Japanese native who spent $14K to transform himself into a collie and is known online as Toco gains traction as he steps out for the first time.

Wonders they say shall never end!

A Japanese man who went on the journey to turn himself into an animal has gained worldwide attention.

The man who goes by the name Toco has transformed himself into a canine after splashing more than $14,000 for a custom-made collie costume. 

He actually has a YouTube channel called “I want to be an animal” and says the unusual garment has helped actualize his dream of “becoming an animal.”

He currently boasts over 33,000 subscribers and he has shared footage of his first outing on his channel.

The video shows him clad in costume as he frolics on a lawn, rolls on a floor, and plays fetch. 

Bystanders appeared to be in awe of the man’s doggy debut as he paraded down a busy street in the viral clip, which has racked up more than 2.2 million views.

His hyperrealistic dog costume cost $20,000.
His hyperrealistic dog costume cost $14,000.
The $22,000 costume created by Zeppet.
The $12,000 costume was created by Zeppet and took 40 days to create.

Toco completed the costume with a harness strapped around his furry abdomen but admitted he was “nervous” and “scared” of venturing out in public. 

“Do you remember your dreams from when you are little? You want to be a hero or a wizard,” he wrote in the clip, describing his life-dog dog dream as seemingly “unrealistic.”

“I remember writing in my grade school graduation book that I wanted to be a dog and walk outside.”

As an introduction to his unusual hobby, Toco answered a series of questions in a video posted last year, admitting he always “had a vague dream of becoming an animal” ever since he was a child.

“When I fulfilled that dream, this is how it turned out,” he wrote in the clip, adding that he chose to become a collie due to the negligible size difference between the breed and humans.

He recently embarked on his first public walk.
He recently embarked on his first public walk.
Toco performs tricks in exchange for treats.
Toco performs tricks in exchange for treats.

Zeppet, the company that manufactured Toco’s collie costume, says it took 40 days to create the furry fashion item, which cost a cool $2 million Yen (USD $14,161). 

“Modeled after a collie dog, it reproduces the appearance of a real dog walking on four legs,” the company’s spokesperson told

Despite garnering online fame with his puppy pursuit, Toco conceals his unusual proclivities from most of his friends and family. 

“I rarely tell my friends because I am afraid they will think I am weird,’ he said in a separate interview with the Mirror. “My friends and family seemed very surprised to learn I became an animal.”

Meanwhile, the Japanese man said last year that most of his colleagues are also unaware that he dresses as a dog outside of work.

“I don’t want my hobbies to be known, especially by the people I work with,” he told the Daily Mail.

Toco sits with a sign that reads "I'm human."
Toco sits with a sign that reads “I’m human.”

“They think it’s weird that I want to be a dog. For the same reason why I can’t show my real face.”