Famous Dogs


No animal is as loyal and faithful as a dog and thus, dogs are loved as pets by all of us. Whether it’s a movie, sitcom, or a real life story, man has always enjoyed the company of dogs. If we are to make a list of some of the most famous dogs, the list is most likely to be unending. Nevertheless, we did try to come up with some lists, and we think we did a satisfactory job.

In Movies and TV Shows

Name of the Dog Dog Breed Movie
Fang Neapolitan Mastiff Harry Potter
Hooch Dogue De Bordeaux Turner and Hooch
Toto Cairn Terrier Wizard of Oz
London German Shepherd The Littlest Hobo
Frank Pug Men in Black
Beethoven Saint Bernard Beethoven
Argus Irish Red and White Setter Familiar Strangers
Blair Collie Rescued by Rover
Lassie Collie Lassie
Rin Tin Tin German Shepherd Where The North Begins

In Commercials

Name of the Dog Dog Breed Commercial
Alex Golden Retriever Stroh’s Beer
Axelrod Basset Hound Flying “A” Service Station
Big Mo Golden Retriever Alpo
Bingo Generic Cracker Jack
Dinky Chihuahua Taco Bell

As Mascots

Name of the Dog Mascot of
Jonathan the Husky University of Connecticut
Blue II Butler University
Bully Mississippi State University
Blitz Wofford College
Zeke the Wonder Dog Michigan State
Brian Boru Royal Irish Regiment
Mex University of Oklahoma
Mirabelle Detail Gallery

In Literature

Name of the Dog Dog Breed
Beautiful Joe Airedale
Jock of the Bushveld Staffordshire bull terrier
Lad Rough collie
Charley Poodle
Marley Labrador Retriever
Tulip German shepherd
Wheely Willy Chihuahua
Mirabelle Boston terrier

U.S. Presidents’ Companions

Name of the Dog Dog Breed Name of the President/First Lady
Bo Portuguese water dog Barack Obama
Barney Scottish Terrier George W. Bush
Buddy Chocolate Labrador Retriever Bill Clinton
Checkers Cocker Spaniel Richard Nixon
Dash Collie mix Caroline Harrison
Fala Scottish Terrier Franklin Delano Roosevelt
Him and Her Beagles Lyndon Johnson
Liberty Golden Retriever Gerald R. Ford
Manchu Black Pekingese Alice Roosevelt
Millie Springer Spaniel Barbara Bush
Pete Bull Terrier Theodore Roosevelt
Spot English Springer Spaniel George W. Bush

Other Famous Dogs in History

Blondi, who lived from 1941 to 1945, was Adolf Hitler’s pet dog. Hitler received this female German Shepherd as a gift from Martin Bormann., a prominent Nazi professional. Hitler loved his dear pet and also allowed her to sleep in his bedroom in his bunker. Reports say that, on April 30, 1945, Hitler asked his physician, Werner Haase, to test suicide pills on Blondi, which caused her death, and soon after that, Hitler committed suicide.

Laika (1954 -1957) being the first dog in space, certainly deserves a place in this list. She was a Soviet space dog and was launched into the space by the Russian spacecraft, Sputnik 2 in 1957. She was the first animal to orbit the Earth. Laika was a victim of orbital death due to overheating, stress, and problems inside the rocket. It’s difficult to believe, but Laika was a stray dog, which was picked up from the streets of Moscow.

Pickles was a mongrel who helped in searching the stolen FIFA World Cup of the year 1966. The trophy was stolen on March 20, just 4 months before the FIFA World Cup tournament was to begin in England. The trophy was found wrapped in a newspaper in South London by Pickles when it was taking a walk with its master. While the thief was never caught, Pickles and his owner, David Corbet, did receive a handsome reward from the police.

Lassie was basically a fictional character, which was created by Eric Knight and used in a short story called Lassie Come-Home. This novel was then filmed by MGM and the character Lassie became very popular. The dog became a popular movie star and was seen on the silver screen throughout the 50s and 60s. It also starred in The Sun Comes Up, Lassie, Magic of Lassie, etc. Since then, the name has been used for several dogs belonging to the Border Collie breed that made a mark on the silver screen.

Smoky, a Yorkshire Terrier, was a hero of World War II, who won eight battle stars. She was adopted by Corporal William Wynne and served with 5th Air Force in the Pacific. Yorkie Doodle Dandy: Or, the Other Woman Was a Real Dog is a book written by William Wynne and it describes his adventures with this incredible war dog.

In the end, the examples of all these dogs does prove why dogs are considered man’s best friend.