With their distinctive personalities and endless sort of features, dogs have always had a hard and fast place in our pop-culture, particularly in children’s cartoons.
Every generation has thankfully had its own plethora of pups to enjoy on a Saturday morning, and with the imaginative possibilities of animation, of these dogs have ranged from talkative and heroic to superpowered.
For this nostalgic post of the Pet Express blog, we’re listing our all-time top 10 favourite cartoon dogs, featuring all-time classic canines to a couple of of the less-known yet still memorable mutts.
10 – Courage the Cowardly Dog
Dog Breed: Beagle
Interesting Fact: Courage actually speaks less after the primary season, because the creators felt as a dog he “talked too much”.
The eponymous star of a cult Cartoon Network series, Courage is pretty unusual as dogs go, and not simply because he has pink fur. As his name would imply he’s completely yellow-bellied, but this does not stop him saving his oblivious Kansas family on an episodic basis. Having appeared in an Oscar nominated short alongside his award winning TV series, Courage the Cowardly Dog is an important await dog-lovers and lovers of strange, creepy cartoons.
9 – Scooby Doo
Dog Breed: Great Dane
Interesting Fact: Scooby’s actual name is Scoobert-Doo.
One of the foremost recognizable canine detectives (surprisingly, there’s quite few), Scooby has been a mainstay of children’s television since he first appeared on screens in 1969. Though he’s even as cowardly because the last dog during this list, the friendship between him and his owner Shaggy is one among our all-time favourite cartoon dog pairings. an equivalent certainly cannot be said for Scrappy-Doo, who, if this list were a top 100, would definitely appear near rock bottom .
8 – Krypto the Superdog
Dog Breed: Parson Russell Terrier
Interesting Fact: Krypto had his own super headquarters called the ‘Doghouse of Solitude’, which was constructed out of floating meteor fragments.
A slightly unusual choice we agree, Krypto is usually derided by magazine fans, because the idea of being ‘Superman’s dog’ is somewhat laughable. However, through his own cartoon show and appearances in DC animated series throughout the years, Krypto has demonstrated he’s even as heroic as his owner of steel.
7 – Muttley
Dog Breed: Mix between bloodhound, pointer, Airedale and dog
Interesting Fact: due to their similar appearance and laugh, Muttley was often confused with Mumbly, another Hanna-Barbera cartoon dog.
Many of the highest cartoon dogs are often recognized on sight, but Muttly is one among the few who you’ll remember just by the sound of his laugh. the sole villainous dog on this list, whilst Dick-Dastardly never managed to win a Wacky Race or Stop That Pigeon, we’re sure Muttly could have done both during a single episode, if he’d been allowed to call the shots!
6 – Droopy Dog
Dog Breed: basset
Interesting Fact: Hans Moleman from The Simpsons is predicated on Droopy
The antidote to each over-happy cartoon dog on TV, Droopy’s monotone speaking style is one among the foremost memorable cartoon voices; human or otherwise! Despite his timid stature, he’s also surprisingly strong, often comically thrashing his adversaries after dully uttering “You know what? that creates me mad!”.
5 – Brian
Dog Breed: White Labrador
Interesting Fact: Brian is that the only character to seem in every Family Guy episode.
A newer addition to the canon of cartoon canines (albeit another suited to adult viewers…), Brian may be a classy, book-smart pup who can strangely wine, dine and make conversation during a world where no other dogs seemingly can. As demonstrated by his ‘death’ within the recent series, Brian has become a bemusingly beloved milestone within the history of top cartoon dogs.
4 – Gromit
Dog Breed: Beagle
Interesting Fact: Gromit graduated with a first in Engineering (for Dogs).
Another dog who is the unappreciated brains of the operation, Gromit is undoubtedly the simplest of all the claymation canines, but the rationale we rank him so highly is he encompasses many of the qualities we like in dogs; loyalty, companionship and an interest in encyclopedic, classical and philosophical literature.
3 – Jake the Dog
Dog Breed: Bulldog
Interesting Fact: Jake is voiced by John DiMaggio, who also voices the robot Bender in Futurama.
Another new dog to form into our top favourites, Jake and every one the opposite characters from Adventure Time! have quickly become subsequent pop-culture phenomenon. The shape-shifting dog himself seems to possess no limit to his magical powers, and his friendship with Finn the Human essentially makes him the sassy roommate you usually wanted your own dog to be!
2 – Pluto
Dog Breed: Bloodhound
Interesting Fact: Pluto originally appeared within the Disney Cartoon The Picnic (1930) as Minnie’s dog named Rover.
It would be a criminal offense of epic canine proportions for any list of top favourite cartoon dogs to not feature Pluto. Cheerful, adventurous and just a joy to observe on screen, Pluto demonstrates that during a world where every animal speaks, it’s possible to inform the simplest stories just from movement and dog-worthy antics.
1 – Snoopy
Dog Breed: Beagle
Interesting Fact: Snoopy was almost named Sniffy, until his creator Schulz realized another cartoon already had a dog thereupon name.
Hardly a surprising pick for the simplest cartoon dog of all time, we lovely Snoopy because he’s innocent, good-natured, a part-time short novelist, and indeed for much more reasons than we could list. What’s strange though is that the role Snoopy has played in space exploration; having been both the security mascot of NASA, and therefore the name of the Apollo 10 lunar excursion module . Truly, no dog has gone further!
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