Santa Claus rules. Unless his beard gets stuck mid-mall stunt, then his cool status gets a little iffy. But otherwise, good ol' St. Nick is really awesome. Why? For starters, he has reindeer as pets, gives out presents for a living and gets thousands of free homemade cookies on Christmas Eve. Basically, the guy's livin' the life. It's no wonder he's survived to be like, hundreds of years old!

That being said, we'd totally get why anyone would aspire to be like the bearded dude in a red hat, especially adorable dogs. It turns out lots of festive puppies are huge Santa fans, which works out perfectly for us because it feeds right into our borderline obsession with dressing up our doggies.

Bring on the fake white beards and floppy pom pom hats, because these pets are getting Santa-fied! Check out 17 dogs dressed like Santa below.

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