25 Famous Dogs That Stole Our Hearts

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It doesn’t matter if you are a cat person or a dog person, the fact still stands that dogs play a crucial role in our culture. Some dogs are used to rescue those in need; others are used to assist people who may need a little extra help with everyday tasks. But arguably, one of the greatest roles of dogs in our culture is that of friendship, for what animal has such unconditional love as the dog. It’s no wonder that these 25 famous dogs that stole our hearts have had such an impact on us.

25. Toto

He’s Dorothy Gale’s terrier in the Oz series by L. Frank Baum. In the 1939 film adaptation, The Wizard of Oz, he was played by a female brindle terrier named Terry and was paid even more than other human actors at $125 per week. Due to Toto’s popularity, there were a couple of apocryphal Oz books created based on the dog; Toto in Oz (1986) and Toto of Oz (2006). Moreover, an autobiography was also penned by Willard Carroll entitled, “I, Toto” (2001).

24. Odie

Though slightly unintelligent, Garfield’s canine best friend, and sometimes victim, was a kind and playful beagle who loved to slobber Garfield with his sloppy tongue. Oddie did not have a speaking role in the Garfield series since his role was that of a pet dog. However, there were certain instances where Oddie had a quick chance to “speak”.

23. Pluto

Mickey Mouse’s mustard colored pet is one of the perkiest and most upbeat members among the Disney animated characters. He’s the only one of the “Sensational Six”, the biggest stars in the Disney universe, who does not dress up like a human and acts like a real dog.

22. Brian Griffin

Brian Griffin looks like a dog but rarely acts like one and that makes him all the more endearing in the modern animated television series Family Guy. With his nonchalance and human like traits, he’s even more rational than the entire Griffin family who considers him a house pet and close friend.

21. Scooby Doo

Scooby Doo, where are you? This is perhaps the most popular tagline in the entire history of the television series which is named after the famous wacky Great Dane. With his unique raspy but comical voice, Scooby Doo won the hearts of many via his spooked antics and his irrational fear of ghosts.

20. Nana

As the nanny of Wendy, John and Michael in the Peter Pan series, this St. Bernard does a wonderful job in caring for the children even if the master of the house is a bit embarrassed to have employed a dog as the nurse.

19. Blue

Blue, the dog from the hit children series “Blue’s Clues” stole the hearts of all children through her engaging and interactive show which has been described as “one of the most successful, critically acclaimed, and ground-breaking preschool television series of all time.” With 9 Emmy award nominations and 10 years of fun, Blue became a household name among preschoolers and young audiences around the globe.

18. Lady and the Tramp

The famous animated romance between the American Cocker Spaniel named Lady and the stray mutt called the Tramp touched the hearts of canine lovers the world over in 1955 and was the first film released in, at that time, the New Cinemascope widescreen film process. It’s a typical love story of an upper middle class family pet and a street dwelling mutt whose attraction for each other was the only thing they had in common.

17. 101 Dalmatians

101 Dalmatians is one of Disney’s most loved films. Based on the 1956 novel by Dodie Smith entitled “The Hundred and One Dalmatians”, the animated smash hit enamored millions to the Dalmatian breed of dogs. Consequently, Disney worked with the American Kennel Club in order to place information within the DVDs that advice against impulse breed buying.

16. Copper

Copper the Hound and Tod the Fox are the main characters in the 1981 Disney film “The Fox and the Hound”. This animated film is a charming story which depicts the unlikely friendship between a dog bread to hunt foxes and the fox that naturally fears the dog.

15. Old Yeller

Old Yeller was a novel by Fred Gipson that was turned into a movie in 1957. It featured the endearing tale of a boy (Travis) and his dog (Old Yeller), chronicling the friendship and adventures of the two. Old Yeller is considered a family tragedy and houses one of the most tearful scenes in cinematic history.

14. Hooch

Beasley, a Dogue de Bordeaux, was a perfect choice to portray the role of Hooch, a slobbery hunk of a canine who turned police investigator Scott Turner’s life upside down. This 1989 comedy drama features Tom Hanks as detective Scott Turner who finds a friend in the lovable dog.

13. Airbud

Remember that movie poster with that dunking Golden Retriever? Yes, that was Buddy in Airbud, the first film jointly distributed by rivals Walt Disney Pictures and Warner Bros. The story revolves around Josh Framm, a new kid in the area who becomes friends with Buddy the dog who apparently knew how to play basketball (and what’s more exciting and heart flipping better than a dog that can play ball and dunk?).

12. Rin Tin Tin

Rin Tin Tin was a male German Shepherd dog which was rescued by the American Soldier Lee Duncan from a World War I battlefield. Duncan trained the dog and obtained silent film work which made Rin Tin Tin famous. The Dog went on to appear in 27 Hollywood films bringing much fame and success to Warner Bros. studios. Rin Tin Tin was so famous that he received the most votes for the first Academy Award for Best Actor; however, the academy determined that only humans can hold that honor.

11. Benji

Benji is a mixed breed whose original name was Higgins and starred in several films from 1974 through the 2000s. Known for its personable charisma, Benji hand a knack for being in the right place at the right time in order to be a source of comfort to those in need.

10. Wishbone

Wishbone, a Jack Russell Terrier, was “the little dog with a big imagination” as he ends up daydreaming his way into starring in classical literature stories like Robin Hood, Sancho Panza and many more. His adventures with his owner, Joe Talbot and his friends become somehow related to his dreams where he interacts with people as if he is a real person and not a dog. This educational TV show has several Emmy awards under its belt and other awards such as a George Foster Peabody in 1998.

9. Winn Dixie

He was just a Picardy Shepherd who ended up in a supermarket which he was named after who changed the life of India Opal Buloni and the people around her. Winn-Dixie was quick at making friends so Opal picked up from there. An award winning novel turned motion picture, Because of Winn-Dixie gained literary accolades because of the canine who made friendship so simple and sincere.

8. Marley

Many could attest how tear-jerking the movie “Marley and Me” was. It wasn’t the famous actors, it was just Marley, the high strung, boisterous, too playful and later on diagnosed as neurotic yellow Labrador Retriever. It was actually a true story of the life of the real Marley and his owners Josh Grogan and his family. Keeping house with a canine who can be too carefree and destructive was a challenge and eyeopener to the owner himself as he learns to accept. love and forgive a furry friend who never truly understood what his human family expects of him.

7. Charlie B. Barkin

Do all dogs really go to heaven? Charlie B. Barkin, that main character in the 1989 animation “All Dogs Go To Heaven”, would strive for that to happen one more time after he goes back to the earth to avenge his death only to realize that there is loyalty, honestly and love to consider above all else. Together with his friends, Anne-Marie and Itchy, he unknowingly proves that he definitely deserves to go back to heaven after all.

6. Beethoven

Imagine a humongous St. Bernard clobbering you at any given opportunity. Sweet, icky, cute, cuddly, charming and helpful just like “the” Beethoven who became a household name in the 90’s and remained in the hearts of millions as other films of his canine adventures were released over the years. Who could forget him?

5. Shadow and Chance

The adventures of Shadow, Chance and their feline friend Sassy in all of the Homeward Bound films stirred the hearts of young and old alike as they try to survive in the wild or other locations. Several adaptations were released and starring these three furry pals teaching what friendship and family really means.

4. Balto

And yet another Disney blockbuster tops our list. Balto was a mixed breed who’s bestfriend was a duck named Boris. Audiences fell in love with his adventures which illustrated his valor and intelligence despite facing rejection from others because of his origins. The film is based on a true story of a dog of the same name and his quest to help transport the serum which can cure diptheria.

3. Lassie

She wasn’t just a Collie who became popular because of the films and television series she starred. She was “the” Lassie, who’s name is generic to popular dog in the modern times and is one of the three who owns a star in the Hollywood Walk of Fame plus a couple of Emmy awards for her films. More than that, her history is rooted from acts of bravery and courage during the first World War.

2. Hachiko

Loyalty seems just a plain old description of someone who sticks around no matter what. Then what better example can be synonymous to extraordinary loyalty other than Hachiko, a golden brown Akita, who waited for the return of his dead owner, HidesaburÅ Ueno, for nine years. After his story became a national sensation, his faithfulness became the national symbol of loyalty, particularly to the person and institution of the Emperor and to the whole of Japan.

1. Snoopy

Which super popular canine has a United States Air Force B-58 Hustler bomb, a special NASA honor, an Apollo lunar module, a remotely operated underwater vehicle and a 280-degree tributary loop in Vietnam’s Mekong River named after him? If you say Snoopy, then you totally nailed it. This fictional beagle maybe more than 50 years old but in truth he’s going to live 50 more years considering his extensive fame and amazingly huge following who’ll forever be smitten by his wit and anthropomorphic demeanor.

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