25 Famous Dogs That Stole Our Hearts

Posted by , Updated on November 16, 2022

Are you a dog person? Even if you aren’t, it’ll be hard to deny that these famous dogs are well known by name. Not only that, but after we learn their stories, it’s hard not to fall in love with them, too. From brave and adventurous to silly and messy, it’s no wonder that these 25 Famous Dogs That Stole Our Hearts have had such an impact on us.



turner and 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.


Frank the Pug

Frank the Pug

Who could possibly forget the crazy yet lovable talking dog from Men in Black. Although technically his cute pug suit was a disguise for his extraterrestrial body, this “dog” still found his way into our hearts and our funny bones. Frank says the most outrageous outlandish lines but remains loyal to the Men in Black code at all times. You can find this pug in the Men in Black movies, cartoon series, and the MIB video game.



Slink Toy Story

For all the Toy Story lovers out there, we have Slink. This toy slinky wiener dog with a southern accent is always getting his friends out of trouble with his handy elasticity.




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. Odie 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 Odie had a quick chance to “speak.”



wishbone the dog

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.


Hercules sand lot

Hercules Sandlot

Better known as the Beast, this huge dog was feared by the crazy kids of the sandlot crew and even some of us watching from our TV. Hercules is an English Mastiff which is a breed of dog known for reaching sizes of up to 200 lbs. Now we know why they thought he ate humans; he weighed the size of a full grown adult!



Toto dog

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).



pluto dog

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 doesn’t dress up like a human and acts like a real dog.



air bud

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. (What’s more exciting and heart flipping than a dog that can play ball and dunk?) Another fun fact about Buddy is that he also was the Golden Retriever who played Comet in the hit TV series Full House.



Blues clues

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.


Rin Tin Tin

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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.



marley and me dog

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 learned to accept, love, and forgive a furry friend who never truly understood what his human family expected of him.


Shadow and Chance

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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 stared these three furry pals teaching what friendship and family really means.


Santa's Little Helper

Santas Little Helper

If you’re a fan of Homer, Bart, Marge, Lisa, or Maggie, then of course you’d remember Santa’s Little Helper. This perky little greyhound plays the family dog in the longest running cartoon, The Simpsons.


Lady and the Tramp

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.


Winn Dixie

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He was just a Picardy Shepherd who ended up in the supermarket he was named after, but he 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.


Old Yeller

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.


Charlie B. Barkin

all dogs go to heaven

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, honesty, 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.




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?


Brian Griffin

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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.


101 Dalmatians

101 dalmations

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 advise against impulse breed buying.



clifford and emily elizabeth

Clifford the Big Red Dog is an adorable children’s book created in the 1960’s that children have adored for decades and continue to adore today. While Clifford is in fact a big red dog which could be considered terrifying, he is one of the most loving and caring dogs to his owner Emily Elizabeth. Together the two like to play and have fun adventures, all while reminding us that all animals just want to be loved and cared for no matter how they look.




She wasn’t just a Collie who became popular because of the films and television series she starred in. She was “the” Lassie, whose name is generic to popular dogs 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.




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.


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.

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