YEAR OF THE DOG!
THE 100 GREATEST DOGS OF POP CULTURE HISTORY

This Chinese New Year (which according to ancient tradition, adds a lot of extra years and is 29 days late), is The Year of The Dog.  And aside from the chance to tell outdated Linda McCartney jokes from the '70s, we figured it'd be nice to showcase The 100 Greatest Dogs of Pop Culture History.  Hopefully you're favorite hound is here, and if not, email me at rberry@retrocrush.com and let me know, and maybe we'll get around to adding that bitch next YOTD.

 

#100
SHILOH
#99
BLOOD
#98
SEYMOUR
#96
THE LITTLEST HOBO
#96
HOT DOG
#95
UBU
#94
101 DALMATIANS
#93
MR. COOL
#92
SPARKY
#91
JUNK YARD DOG
#90
TIGER
#89
HOOCH
#88
CHECKERS
#87
LOCKJAW
#86
ASTA
#85
SPIKE
#84
MANFRED THE WONDER DOG
#83
FARLEY
#82
BLUE
#81
BEETHOVEN
#80
WONDER DOG
#79
OTIS
#78
KING
#77
INDIANA
#76
CLIFFORD
#75
SANTA'S LITTLE HELPER
#74
BALTO
#73
LADY and the TRAMP
#72
DOLLAR
#71
THE POKY LITTLE PUPPY
#70
TIGE
#69
FRED BASSETT
#68
ZERO
#67
SPOT
#66
RIBSY
#65
NANA
#64
AUGGIE DOGGIE
#63
RUFF
#62
CARL
#63
MARMADUKE
#60
KIPPER
#59
THE SHAGGY DOG
#58
AIR BUD
#57
DAISY
#56
HOUND of the BASKERVILLES
#55
SLINKY DOG
#54
WISHBONE
#53
POOCHIE
#52
TRIUMPH THE INSULT COMIC DOG
#51
EDDIE
#50
NIPPER
#49
BRAIN
#48
SPUDS MACKENZIE
#47
SAM
#46
ROWLF
#45
ASTRO
#44
DYNOMUTT
#43
TACO BELL
CHIHUAHUA
#42
DEPUTY DAWG
#41
CHOPPER
#40
ACE THE BATHOUND
#39
PARAPPA THE RAPPER
#38
CUJO
#37
FLEEGLE
#36
ODIE
#35
HERCULES
#34
BANDIT
#33
HUCKLEBERRY HOUND
#32
OLD DAN and LITTLE ANN
#31
MCGRUFF
#30
K-9
#29
DROOPY
#28
DINO
#27
BRIAN
#26
SANDY
#25
PLUTO
#24
RIN TIN TIN
#23
DOGBERT
#22
CERBERUS
#21
LUCKY/FIDO
#20
HONG KONG PHOOEY
#19
KRYPTO
#18
LAIKA
#17
MUTTLEY
#16
SNOWY
#15
UNDERDOG
#14
TOTO
#13
MR. PEABODY
#12
PETEY
#11
GOLIATH
#10
FLASH
#9
WHITE FANG
#8
GROMIT
#7
BENJI
#6
REN HOEK
#5
GOOFY
#4
OLD YELLER
#3
LASSIE
#2
SCOOBY DOO
#1
SNOOPY

-Robert Berry
rberry@retrocrush.com


READER FEEDBACK

Boy, who would have thought a list of dogs would be so controversial?  Within a week, this has already ranked as one of the most written about features we've published.  They run the gamut from helpful to crazy.

Hello-great list! But where is FREEWAY from heart to heart? I love Freeway!!!
Yours truly,
Carl (uk)

what about chugga the hot dog dog from Magilla Gorilla?
-Susan

I believe you've overlooked one of the most adventurous and beloved dogs of popular culture: Bindi, the Australian perfumista and biker. She is featured daily in posts on "Perfume Addicts" (http://forums.delphiforums.com/delphiniumblue/start). Perhaps you can bump one of the relative unknowns from your list (Ribsy?) and add Miss Bindi.
Thank you for your consideration,
-Phoebe

Dude,
You missed Fred, the bassett hound from Smokey and The Bandit, you know, Snowmans dog, oh well. Great list anyway.
-Marc

Multiple Emmy winner Wishbone ranked as 54?????!!!! Unnnbelievable...
Have you seen him as "Cyranose", as the great Sherlock Holmes in Sir Arthur Conan Doyles' "The Slobbery Hound"
or as Ariel in "Shakespaw"
These are only a handful of brilliant performances.
pffffttttt...
-PPDEE

Dog the Bounty Hunter lol :D add him
-Norm

Courage the Cowardly Dog
Doggie Daddy
Spot (Mr Bill's dog)
Einstein (from Back to the Future)
-William B.

I miss Frankie from Men in Black in your list!
Best regards
-Anja B., Holland

I see #91 is the Junk Yard Dog, showing a person I'm surprised Snoop Dogg isn't there LOL :) ha ha ha
-Darlene

Thanks for the trip down memory lane......
...but don't forget Chance and Shadow from 'Homeward Bound'......
-Deborah

Hello,
I miss the Pomeranian.
Kindest regards,
-Rita

What? No fluffy or fang from Harry potter?
How many million readers and moviegoers does it take?
-Debbie B.

Lupus the dog, from the video game Jet Force Gemini, was a little yellow dog fitted with the latest in state-of-the-art technology, including a back-mounted gun, and jet packs in his adorable little booties. Not one to just roll over and play dead, he was a serious threat on the battlefield thanks to all of his high-tech gadgets and attachments.
http://www.nintendo.no/tipsogtriks/n64/jetforceg/bilder/dog2.jpg
-Alex

Hey - don't forget Barkley from Sesame Street, and of Course - "Max" from "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" - (from the original cartoon movie)
-Kari

What about Sir Didymus from Labyrinth?
-Ken W.

I would like to thank you for your Top 100 dogs list. It has provided much fodder, debate and eventually all out brawls around the water cooler. I would however like to discuss a notable omission from the list. Sam the Sheepdog from Loonie Toons. While Ralph Wolf was an obvious Wile E. Coyote knock off, Sam stole the show in their 8 featured shorts. Sam made a comeback in Who Framed Roger Rabbit and, along with Ralph, was the feature of the Sheep Raider video game. Sam deserves his spot among the elite in canine entertainment, do the right thing and give this dog his day!
One other note… wouldn’t Dino be a dinosaur, rather than a dog?
-Kevin Hurley

I just realized that Copper, the adorable puppy from Disney's The Hound and The Fox is also missing. God, how I cried with that movie. It is a doggy version of Bambi.
-Bianca

Hi, (Arfff)

In your beautiful site COURAGE, the coward dog
CORAGEM, o cão covarde (BRASIL)
LEONE, il cane fifone (ITALIA)
from Cartoon Network.
What a pity!!!
-Patty (Brasil)

In the next ranking, don't miss Courage the Cowardly Dog and that boney one from Tim Burton's Corpse Bride. Aside from that, it's absolutely perfect. Snoopy rules!
-Bianca

Porkchop the dog from Doug should be on that list
-M

Love your site. On your list of 100 greatest dogs,
#99 Blood and #90 Tiger are one and the same. Both
played by the same dog.
The real reason Tiger left the Brady Bunch? http://www.birdofprey.co.uk/cb017dec00.htm
-Later Gator

WHAT ABOUT MAX (ANIMATED AND REAL) FROM "THE GRINCH"
I'VE BEEN WATCHING HIM SINCE I WAS A LITTLE KID EVERY CHRISTMAS.
-SCOTT

Loved the dog list. What about Snuffles from Quick Draw Magraw? Does Snuffles want a dog biscuit? remember
-Bob

I'm sure you've heard this before, but I just have to point out that
number 28 on your top 100 dog list really isn't a dog at all but a
dinosaur. And that's it. Sorry to bother you.
-Isabelle

Although my favorite is Junkyard Dog, (RIP) I would love to see the Tanner's dog Comet make it on to the list. Nothing better than Full house!
-Jerry

Buck Bundy, the dog from Married With Children, is one of my favorites.
-Todd

You missed the dog from Monopoly, "scotty"
maybe next time :-)
-ted

I was very upset to see that the hound from the Disney classic The Fox and the Hound was not included on your list. Absolutely disrespectful!!!!!
-chris

I believe "Flash" from the Dukes is the same dog they used in Smokey and the Bandit "Fred"
Double credit for the pooch....
-Frank

Excellent list.
You omitted all the wonderful dogs those Warner Brothers cartoons have brought to us over the years:
Barnyard dog (Leghorn Foghorn’s nemesis)
K-9 (Marvin the martian’s pet)
Chester (terrier, pal of Spike)
Marc Antony (bulldog protector of little Pussyfoot)
Roscoe the Dog (large bulldog owned by Granny)
Sam Sheepdog (protector of the flock of sheep)
-Kevin

Towser – 80’s cartoon dog
-Mark

Hi!! and thanks for the beautiful 100 dog list!!
I do have a suggestion tho....how about Jerry Lee from
K-9 (with James Belushi)?? He was great!
-angela

spunky from rocko's modern life is missing
-ben

I stumbled across your pop culture dogs webpage and I could not believe that you did not include the most famous dog mascot of them all… Uga from the University of Georgia. He is the mascot for the University of Georgia bulldogs. I understand that this opens up a whole can of worms when it comes to mascots, but I was just disappointed to see my favorite bulldog slighted.
-Rob

Who could ever forget the lovable Shithead from the classic Steve Martin
movie 'The Jerk'? I am sorely disappointed he didn't make your list, but
look forward to seeing him the next Year of the Dog.
-Will

Can't forget Snoop Dogg. No list of dogs is complete
without the Snoop, D-O-Double-G.
-craig

What about Fred, the Basset Hound from Smokey and the Bandit????
-skgator

Noticed Max (Grinch's Dog) was missing, maybe next time eh
-geo

what about Beast i believe his name was from Sandlot, or maybe even the dog that laughs at you when you miss the ducks on Duck hunt?
-Shane (NOTE: I added Beast)

Thank you for facilitating a trip down memory lane with your feature listing the 100 top dogs of pop culture.
As I see it, Dino (the dinosaur pet of Fred and Wilma Flintstone) and Barf (short for Barfolomew, John Candy’s “Mog” from Spaceballs) technically shouldn’t be on the list, as they aren’t dog-dogs, but they’re definitely “pet” icons of pop culture. And certainly Snoop Dog, Dog the Bounty Hunter, Bob Dog, and Junkyard Dog shouldn’t be on the list, as they’re all humans. I do have some suggestions for the next “Year of the Dog” in place of these unqualified inclusions.

how can buck from married with children be left off this list, that is a disgrace that he didn't break the top 100, im hoping this is some sort of error.
-matt

I like your list of the top 100 dogs... but there's one notable absence from it.
UBU In my opinion, he's more famous than the Bounty Hunter.
-Tung (NOTE: I added UBU, and took out DOG)

not a bad list!Thanks for puttin Ren at # 6, Ren and stimpy's the best nickeloden cartoon to grace the earth. Oh, and it's sweet that you put Zero and Wishbone too (I loved Wishbone when I was in 4th grade) one question: Who's lockjaw? that's is a scary looking dog toon..
-Jenny

What about the dog costumed guy from the Shining?
-Jason

Nice to see a Canadian Icon like Farley, but no Littlest Hobo, very disappointing.
-liz (NOTE: added littlest hobo)

Hey robert, it looks like you forgot Rude Dog from that bad late 80's
cartoon Rude Dog And The Dweebs. Other than that the list was awesome.
-mayhaw

How about:
Bullet, Roy Rodgers’ dog
Fala, FDR’s dog
Him and Her, LBJ’s dogs (of pull their ears to hear them bay fame)
Millie, Barbara Bush’s dog
Buddy, Bill Clinton’s dog (one could argue about which was the bigger hound)
Frank the Pug, from Men in Black (the films or the graphic novels)
Jerry Lee, Jim Belushi’s K-9 in the movie series by the same name
Reno, Chuck Norris’ dog in Top Dog
Fred, Jerry Reed’s dog in the Smokey and the Bandit films
Paul Winchell’s dog, Farfel (of N-E-S-T-L-E-S, Nestle’s is the very best - chaw-klet, fame)
Dog, John Wayne’s sidekick in Big Jake
Sam, Martin Riggs’ dog from the Lethal Weapon films
Spot, from David Arquette’s movie See Spot Run
Skip, from My Dog Skip
-Neal

I hope you're doing well. First - wanted to say keep up the awesome
work with your site. Never fails to make me laugh.
But Rob! How could you forget Barkley from Sesame Street?!! (see
attached)...or the Pokey Little Puppy from those Golden
Books...awww.
-Janice (NOTE: I added Pokey after reading this)

What about Manfred? Tom Terrific's mighty dog???
-Sue

Just one glaring omission: Mighty Manfred, The Wonder Dog ["The Adventures of Tom Terrific"].
I guess you can't have everything.
-SW (Alberta, Canada) (NOTE: I added Manfred after reading this)

I broswed through your list of the 100 greatest dogs and frankly, sir I'm
surprised that you didn't even consider Snowy of "The Adventures of Tintin"
fame . Otherwise I liked the list, kind of expected that Snoopy would be #1.
If someone deserves the top-spot it would be him.
-Viktor (NOTE: Whoops! A glaring ommission for sure, I added him in)

Murray (sp?) from "Mad About You."
-sue

SUGGESTIONS TO INCLUDE
DOGS THAT ARE ALREADY LISTED

Just saying i love your site and read it daily, also on your 100 dogs list i mean i was thinking "oh gromit must be on the bottom cause he's awesome" but then no grommit! i was so confused, how else would Wallace be able to get his pants on in the morning?
add him in, he's an essential
-Gorman

how can you not have santa's little helper from the simpsons on there?
-anonymous

Just thought I'd nominate two dogs not on list (perhaps they didn't make the top 100):
1. Old Yeller
2. Grimm (from Mother Goose & Grimm Cartoon)
-Keven

Mr. Berry:
Thank you for your enjoyable website showcasing 100 of pop culture's most famous dogs. I realize you could only show 100, but please consider for next YOTD: Max, the Grinch's dog who "helped" the Grinch "steal" Christmas. Also, how about Pluto, Mickey Mouse's dog? Thank you though, for having Goofy.
Thank you and have a terrific YOTD. Too bad Al Stewart couldn't do a follow-up to "Year of the Cat" with "Year of the Dog".
Cordially,
Jeannie

WTF no littlest hobo matey?
-Norbert

You gotta include Spuds Mackenzie
-mike

What about Brian from Family Guy?? Totally should be in the top 5.
-stephanie

Where is Rin Tin Tin?
-Linda

WHAT THE HELL?

CAN YOU PLEASE EMAIL ME THE PICTURES OF ALL THE DOGS.. I RECEIVED 1 COMMENT ON MY BLOG(BUTTERFLYLDY'S BLOG) ABOUT THEM BUT NOW THE PICTURES ARE GONE..THANK YOU
-Beverley
 

 

 

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