From books and TV shows, to the silver screen, these famous fictional dogs will always be loved by generations young and old. Did your favorite dog make the list?
A 25-foot dog. He is friendly, outgoing and helpful, but his sheer size can sometimes cause trouble. Clifford was the runt of a litter of puppies and was chosen by a city child named Emily Elizabeth as her birthday present. No one expected him to grow, but Emily’s love for her tiny red puppy changed him dramatically.
This is one for all you Harry Potter aficionados. Fang was Rubeus Hagrid’s pet. It is unknown when Hagrid acquired him, or how old he was. In the novels, Fang is said to be a boarhound, or Great Dane. In the movies, Fang is portrayed by a Neapolitan Mastiff, a very different breed, though one that was also used against boars.
The family’s dog who is bitten by a rabid wolf with a virus, before Travis forced himself to kill the dog. The movie went on to become an important cultural film for baby boomers, with Old Yeller’s death in particular being remembered as one of the most tearful scenes in cinematic history. It is cited it as “among the best, if not THE best” of the boy-and-his-dog films.
Lassie is an American television series that follows the adventures of a female Rough Collie dog named Lassie and her companions, both human and animal. The show was the creation of producer Robert Maxwell and animal trainer Rudd Weatherwax and was televised from September 12, 1954, to March 25, 1973.
Toto is a fictional dog in L. Frank Baum’s Oz series of children’s books, and works derived from them. Toto belongs to Dorothy Gale, the heroine of the first and many subsequent books.
The story centers on a St. Bernard dog named after the composer Ludwig van Beethoven owned by the Newton family. The workaholic father, George Newton (Charles Grodin), doesn’t want the responsibility of owning a dog, but his wife, Alice (Bonnie Hunt), and their children convince him otherwise.
He is the lifelong companion to Shaggy Rogers. This Saturday-morning cartoon series featured four teenagers—Fred Jones, Daphne Blake, Velma Dinkley, and Norville “Shaggy” Rogers—and their talking brown Great Dane dog named Scooby-Doo, who solve mysteries involving supposedly supernatural creatures through a series of antics and missteps.
A well-read dog who sees parallels between classic literature and the dilemmas he and his human friends face every day. In the stories he imagines himself in, humans can hear him and apparently perceive him as human.