12 Most Famous Dogs in Movies and TV Shows

A dog is a man’s best friend, and just as there are many famous humans out there, there are also many famous dogs.

Here are 12 most famous dogs that might have stolen your heart when you saw them at the movie theatre or on your television screen:

1. Lassie (Rough Collie Dog)

Lassie is one of the most famous dogs in the world. Lassie is a Rough Collie that has appeared in many movies, TV shows, and short stories. Her role was played by different dog actors, but the character of Lassie owns a star in the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Lassie is a brave and loyal dog who is always ready to put herself in dangerous situations so she can save her human friends.

2. Beethoven (St. Bernard Dog)

Beethoven is a droopy-faced St. Bernard dog who has appeared in 8 movies. Beethoven was played by a dog actor named Chris in the first two movies, but had to be replaced by other dogs because Chris died after the shooting of Beethoven 2nd.

Beethoven is an adorable, lovable and mischievous dog who is, of course, named after Ludwig van Beethoven.

3. Marley (Labrador Retriever Dog)

Marley, from the tear-jerking movie Marley & Me, was played by 22 yellow Labrador Retrievers. The movie spans 14 years, so it was necessary to find many dog actors to play Marley.

The movie was inspired by a true story, and many dog owners can relate to the crazy antics of this boisterous, incorrigible, destructive, but adorable and charming dog. Marley was named after reggae singer Bob Marley.

4. Buddy (Golden Retriever Dog)

The Air Bud movie was based on a real Golden Retriever named Air Buddy, who played the role of Buddy, the basketball playing dog. In the 4 sequels, Buddy learns to play a different sport.

A spin-off series was also created, and it stars the Buddies, Buddy’s cute children. Unlike Buddy, his puppies are talking dogs, and they go on different adventures.

5. Toto (Cairn Terrier Dog)

Who could forget Toto, Dorothy’s dog from The Wizard of Oz? Toto was played by a female Cairn Terrier named Terry, which received more money than most of the human actors playing in the movie.

Toto also appeared in different adaptations of the movie, and was so popular that books were written about him. The famous dog even had his own autobiography!

6. Frank the Pug (Pug Dog)

Frank the Pug appeared in the Men In Black movies, in the animated series, and in a MIB video game.

Even though, in the movie, this funny talking dog is actually an extraterrestrial in disguise, Frank the Pug was played by a pug named Mushu, who also played the role of Otis in the movie Milo and Otis.

7. Hooch (French Mastiff Dog)

Hooch, from the movie Turner & Hooch, was played by a Dogue de Bordeaux named Beasley. In the movie, Hooch is the only witness to a crime, and he turns the life of a police investigator upside down with his noisy, destructive nature.

The Dogue de Bordeaux, also called French mastiff, is a massive dog breed with a muscular body. In the movie, Hooch was a lovable giant.

8. Benji (Mixed Breed Dog)

Benji, from the Benji film series, was played by a mixed breed dog named Higgins. Higgins was discovered in a shelter in Los Angeles, and he was chosen for his wide range of facial expressions.

In the first movie in the series, Benji is a stray dog who lives different adventures, while wishing he had a real home.

9. Shadow and Chance (American Bulldog)

The film Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey had two famous dogs: Chance, a disobedient American Bulldog, and Shadow, a wise Golden Retriever.

Along with a cat named Sassy, Chance and Shadow are trying to go back to their loving home after they have been abandoned by mistake. This tear-jerking movie is enjoyed by kids and adults alike.

10. Rin Tin Tin (German Shepard Dog)

Rin Tin Tin was a German Shepard who was rescued from a damaged kennel by an American soldier during World War I. Rin Tin Tin, nicknamed Rinty, became a star after appearing in a silent film called Where the North Begins.

Rin Tin Tin starred in 27 Hollywood films. His son, Rin Tin Tin Jr., also starred in a few films, but he was not as talented as his father.

11. Winn-Dixie (Picardy Shepherd Dog)

Winn-Dixie is the name of an American supermarket chain, but it’s also the name of a dog who starred in a movie called Because of Winn-Dixie. The role of Winn-Dixie was played by two Picardy Shepherds.

In the movie, Winn-Dixie helps his owner make new friends, and rekindle her relationship with her father.

12. Wishbone (Jack Russell Terrier Dog)

Wishbone, a Jack Russell Terrier, starred in his own TV show. He was played by a dog named Soccer, who has also played in different commercials.

In the show, Wishbone is a little dog with a big imagination. He daydreams about being the hero of classical literature stories such as Don Quixote or Robin Hood.

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