There is no doubt that dogs and humans have a millennia-long history of close relations, and since the dawn of television, countless dogs have appeared on the big blue screen. Cartoon dogs are even more special. They can solve puzzles, talk to babies, walk on their hind legs, and will remain loyal no matter what hair-brained scheme their owner gets them into. Let’s take a look at the most loyal, interesting, and awesome tail wagers around the TV world.
1. Brian (Family Guy)
Brian Griffin is a fictional character from the American animated television series Family Guy. An anthropomorphic white labrador voiced by Seth MacFarlane, he is one of the show’s main characters as a member of the Griffin family. He primarily works in the series as a less-than-adept writer struggling to find himself, attempting essays, novels, screenplays, and newspaper articles.
Breed: Labrador Retriever
2. Snoopy (Peanuts)
Snoopy is a major character in the Peanuts comic strip by Charles M. Schulz. He is the pet beagle of Charlie Brown (his best friend) who cares for him. Snoopy is blessed with a rich, Walter Mitty-like fantasy life.
3. Santa’s Little Helper (The Simpsons)
He is the pet greyhound of the Simpson family. The dog was introduced in the first episode of the show, the 1989 Christmas special “Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire”, in which his owner abandons him for finishing last in a greyhound race. Homer Simpson and his son Bart, who are at the racetrack in hope of earning some money for Christmas presents, see this and decide to adopt the dog.
4. Scooby-Doo (Scooby-Doo)
The title character in the Scooby-Doo animated television series created by the popular American animation company Hanna-Barbera. Scooby-Doo is the male dog and lifelong companion of Shaggy Rogers and in many iterations, including the original series, is regarded as a unique Great Dane dog who is able to speak in broken English, unlike most other dogs in his reality, and usually puts the letter R in front of words spoken.
Breed: Great Dane
5. Scooby-Dum (Scooby-Doo)
Scooby-Dum is a supporting character in The Scooby-Doo Show, voiced by Daws Butler. Scooby-Dum, a Blue Merle Great Dane with spots and buck teeth is Scooby-Doo’s slow-witted cousin/brother (his lineage is dubious because Shaggy has said that he is his brother on one occasion but also his cousin, though it is most likely that they are cousins). In the episode “The Chiller Diller Movie Thriller”, his cousin Scooby-Dee stars.
Breed: Great Dane
6. Scrappy Cornelius Doo (Scooby-Doo)
A puppy created by Hanna-Barbera Productions in 1979, with the famous catchphrase “Let Me At ‘Em” and is the nephew of the already mentioned cartoon star Scooby-Doo. Scrappy has appeared in a number of the various incarnations of the Scooby-Doo cartoon series.
Breed: Great Dane
7. Droopy (Droopy)
Droopy is an animated character from the Golden Age of American Animation. He is an anthropomorphic dog with a droopy face, hence his name. He was created in 1943 by Tex Avery for theatrical cartoon shorts produced by the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer cartoon
Breed: Basset Hound
8. Goofy (Mickey Mouse)
Goofy is a funny animal cartoon character created in 1932 at Walt Disney Productions. Goofy is a tall, anthropomorphic dog who typically wears a turtle neck and vest, with pants, shoes, white gloves, and a tall hat originally designed as a rumpled fedora. Goofy is a close friend of Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck.
9. Pluto (Mickey Mouse)
He is a light brown (most recently yellow), medium-sized, short-haired dog. Unlike Goofy, Pluto is not anthropomorphic beyond some characteristics such as facial expression. He is most often the companion of Mickey Mouse, although he first appeared as Minnie Mouse’s dog Rover in the film The Picnic (1930).
10. Spike (Tom and Jerry)
Spike, occasionally referred to as Butch or Killer, is a stern but occasionally dumb grey American bulldog who is particularly disapproving of cats, but is gentle towards mice (though in his debut appearance, Dog Trouble (1942), Spike goes after both Tom and Jerry), and later, his son Tyke.
Breed: American Bulldog
11. Hong Kong Phooey (Hong Kong Phooey)
This goofy cartoon is one of Hanna-Barbera’s more original efforts. Hong Kong Phooey is the alter ego of Penrod Pooch (voiced by Scatman Crothers), the janitor at the police station. When a crime is committed “Penry” leaps into his file cabinet to change into the famous Hong Kong Phooey. In his Phooey mobile, the kung fu-fighting superhero sets out to save the day – which generally amounts to bumbling and leaving mayhem in his wake while his loyal cat sidekick, Spot does the real work. Invariably, Phooey awakes from whatever damage the villains have done to him and is stunned to see that he’s triumphed after all.
Breed: Anthropomorphic mutt (has spaniel-like look)
12. Huckleberry Hound (Huckleberry Hound)
A blue dog that speaks with a Southern drawl and has a relaxed, sweet, and well-intentioned personality. He first appeared in the series The Huckleberry Hound Show and was also a star of a television film The Good, the Bad, and Huckleberry Hound. Huckleberry Hound’s southern drawl and laid-back mannerisms bear a close resemblance to the character “Southern Wolf” in the MGM cartoons including those produced by Hanna and Barbera.
Breed: Bluetick Coonhound
13. Muttley (Wacky Races)
Muttley is described as a mixed breed dog, identified in the Wacky Races segment “Dash to Delaware” as a mix of a bloodhound, pointer, Airedale, and hunting dog; best known for his distinctive snickering laugh, he is owned by accident-prone villain Dick Dastardly.
Breed: Mix of bloodhound, pointer, Airedale, and hunting dog
14. Courage (Courage the Cowardly Dog)
An overly frightened pink beagle dog who lives in Nowhere, Kansas, Courage was abandoned as a puppy after his parents were sent into outer space but were adopted by Muriel Bagge. Her husband Eustace regularly mistreats him.
15. Gromit (A Grand Day Out)
Gromit is a beagle who is Wallace’s pet dog and best friend. He is very intelligent, having graduated from “Dogwarts University” (“Dogwarts” being a pun on “Hogwarts,” the wizard school from the Harry Potter books) with a double first in Engineering for Dogs.
16. Astro (The Jetsons)
Clumsy and dim-witted, but loyal to the Jetsons. He is more advanced than present-day dogs, in that he had a rudimentary grasp of the English language, albeit with r’s in many places they shouldn’t be, or replacing other letters. For example, “I love you, George” would be “I ruv roo, Reorge”.
Breed: Great Dane
17. Ren (The Ren & Stimpy Show)
Ren is a scrawny, violently psychotic, emotionally unstable Chihuahua dog who lives together with his best friend Stimpy, a Manx cat.
18. Odie (Garfield)
Odie is a yellow-furred, brown-eared dog. In the live-action/animated films based on the Garfield franchise, he is depicted as a wire-haired dachshund/terrier mix. He has a large tongue and slobbers in his appearances. After October 1997, he began walking regularly on two feet, instead of all fours, like Garfield.
Breed: Beagle – Dachshund – Terrier mix
19. Bolt (Bolt the movie)
Bolt is a fictional White Shepherd and the eponymous protagonist of the 2008 animated feature film Bolt. In the film, he is voiced by John Travolta. His journey and the personal evolution it provokes in him is core to the film’s main themes. In the film, he has spent his entire life from early puppy-hood on the set of a television show, kept isolated from the outside world. In the show, Bolt must use his superpowers to save his owner and co-star Penny, whom he loves dearly, from the evil Dr. Calico.
Breed: German white shepherd
20. Slinky Dog (Toy Story, Toy Story 2, & Toy Story 3)
Slinky Dog. Slinky, often referred to as “Slink,” is a toy Dachshund with a stretchy Slinky as his middle. He’s Woody’s sidekick and willing to go to great lengths to help his toy friends.
21. Dug (Up)
Dug is a golden retriever who belongs to Charles Muntz. He is a fun-loving dog who speaks English via a special collar that translates his thoughts into speech, invented by his former master, Charles Muntz.
Breed: Golden Retriever
22. Dog (Catdog)
Caninius “Canine” Dog is one of the two protagonists in CatDog. He is very fun-loving and enjoys chasing garbage trucks, chasing cars, and exploring many things in which Cat does not want to take part. He is voiced by Tom Kenny who also voices the legendary SpongeBob SquarePants.
Breed: American Foxhound / Jack Russel Terrier
23. Dante (Coco)
Dante is Miguel’s best buddy and his companion to the land of the dead. He’s a street dog in the neighborhood and he helps Miguel conceal his love of music from his family. Dante is a Xolo dog, the national dog of Mexico.
Breed: Mexican Hairless Dog (Xoloitzcuintle)
24. Kyle (Despicable Me)
Gru’s ferocious, black, grey-eyed pet dog of an unknown species, which has the personality of a bulldog and the fang-like teeth of a piranha. At first, Kyle won’t hesitate to take a bite of anything that looks food to him, also hates to be hugged by Agnes. Along with Gru, Kyle warms up over the course of the film; in the end, Kyle ends up not minding about sleeping with the girls, especially Agnes.
Breed: Unknown (speculated that it is altered Brussels Griffon)
25. The Beagle boys (Scrooge McDuck universe, DuckTales)
The Beagle Boys are a group of comic book criminals from the Donald Duck universe. Created by Carl Barks, they are a family clan of organized criminals who constantly try to rob Scrooge McDuck.
26. Brain (Inspector Gadget)
Brain is the tritagonist in the Inspector Gadget franchise. He is Penny‘s dog who is the only one that knows Penny is the one who solves Gadget’s missions.
Breed: Unknown (speculated that he’s a Beagle-greyhound mix)
27. Bandit (Jonny Quest)
Bandit is Jonny’s pet bulldog, so named because he is white with black markings – including what appears to be a black domino mask around his eyes. This coloration is occasionally instrumental in foiling adversaries. Bandit is unique among his fellow Hanna-Barbera dogs (such as already mentioned Scooby-Doo, Huckleberry Hound, and Hong Kong Phooey), as he is a regular non-anthropomorphic dog. Still, he seems uncannily able to understand human speech and is capable of complex facial expressions.