Any form of media is a thousand times better with a dog. Life, in general, is a thousand times better with a dog. It’s the easiest way to get people attached to a character without having to write any complicated backstories or even any dialogues at all. Over the years, we’ve encountered plenty of examples of characters that became our canine friends even from beyond the small screen. Here are 10 Awesome Famous Cartoon Dogs that We Love and that have made our childhoods one way or another.
#1 Snoopy – “Peanuts”
Charlie Brown’s companion is just as memorable as Charlie Brown himself. There is a certain appeal to Snoopy that makes us secretly (or not so secretly) long after the possibility of having a fantastic mutt as our partners. What’s there not to like about Snoopy? He likes human food, he can dance, and likes practicing sports. Peanuts definitely wouldn’t have been the same without this dog.
#2 Scooby Doo – “Scooby Doo”
As the main character of one of the most iconic and memorable cartoons of all time, Scooby Doo is an obligatory presence among the most famous cartoon dogs that have entertained us throughout the years. Not only is he a lovable goof, but he is also a true detective in his own little way. If Scooby Doo is able to overcome his own fears for justice, so can we.
#3 Courage – “Courage the Cowardly Dog”
Say what you will about Courage the Cowardly Dog, but it’s eerie atmosphere and the creepiness that have haunted our childhoods managed to make it an unforgettable show. There is an obvious irony in naming a dog that is scared of his own shadow Courage, but there is a deeper message behind it all. Courage is all about how you face your fears, so it actually fits.
#4 Pluto – Disney Productions
Sure, there’s also Goofy, but Pluto actually fits the outlines of a real dog. He doesn’t have any lines, which is what set him apart so considerably from the rest of the merry gang. He manages to keep us entertained with his various deeds while also setting some incredibly high standards for pet – owner relationships. Pluto is loyal and loving toward Mickey through and through, something we can all aspire for.
#5 Odie – “Garfield”
Odie is definitely not the star of this show, but he manages to complete Garfield so well that he becomes a compelling character all on his own. Garfield is an apathetic, cynical, and lazy cat while Odie is just a furball of energy, beams, and happy tail wagging. This dog can be a bit simple-minded and over the top at times, but this only makes it more surprising to see him manage some ingenious revenge schemes on Garfield.
#6 Brian Griffin – “Family Guy”
Here stands a character that manages to completely go against the patterns set up by those preceding him. Brian is one of the most memorable characters of Family Guy, curtsy of his dynamic with Stewie and his own appeal as a solitary family member. Alongside Stewie, they somehow managed to make a dog and a toddler the most intelligent people around.
#7 Lady & The Tramp – “Lady and the Tramp”
We couldn’t just separate this iconic canine duo. It was the first couple of animated dogs brought by Disney and, regardless of your opinion on the movie, it’s difficult to deny the impact they had on pop culture. Eating spaghetti and meatballs has never been the same ever since the two mutts in search of love shared that memorable scene that created one of the most original kissing scenes in a while.
#8 Santa’s Little Helper – “The Simpsons”
With a name like that, you can be certain you won’t be forgetting this character any time soon. Santa’s Little Helper never was a spotlight stealer, but he has been a constant presence throughout the seasons. The greyhound managed to survive where the family cat couldn’t and his presence manages to give us a sense of familiarity.
#9 Dug – “Up”
The first few opening scenes of Up had adults bawling like little babies. This is why it was such a welcoming presence to see Dug appear on screen. He’s enthusiastic, he brings a lot of positivity to the movie, and, most of all, he’s rocking a collar that allows him to talk to dogs. We need that!
#10 The Dalmatians “One Hundred and One Dalmatians”
You know you’ve done something right when you’ve managed to convince people to associate and entire breed with your movie. 101 Dalmatians by itself had people give some mixed reviews, but we need to admit that it’s difficult to spot a Dalmatian and not think of Cruella de Vile and her quest for the perfect spotted fur coat.