Sonia Horon, Global Animal

Some of the best movies and tv shows contain dogs as main characters. 101 Dalmatians influenced a whole generation of parents to go out and buy Dalmatian puppies, while Beethoven and Marley and Me reminded people about the responsibilities and joys that go with pet parenthood. Whether it’s a movie or a tv show, most people have been touched by a dog character. Read on for a list of 10 famous dog actors and tell us which is your favorite!

Lassie is probably the world's most famous collie thanks to the 1943 movie "Lassie Come Home." Photo credit:
"Marley and Me" focuses on a rambunctious yellow lab named Marley, and is based on a memoir. Photo credit:
"101 Dalmatians" made a whole generation fall in love with spotted pups. Photo credit:
The big and lovable troublemaker Beethoven. Photo credit:
The adorable slobbery beast named Hooch turned Scott Turner's life upside down in the 1989 movie "Turner and Hooch." Photo credit:
"White Fang" is a story about a wolf-dog hybrid and his journey to a better life. Photo credit:
Toto, Dorothy's best friend from the "Wizard of Oz." Photo credit:
Shadow and Chance are the protagonists of "Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey." Photo credit:
Actor Jean Dujardin and Uggie in a scene from "The Artist." Photo Credit: The Weinstein Co.
The adorable Jack Russell Terrier Milo from the 1994 comedy "The Mask." Photo credit:
Shiloh the beagle ran away from his abusive owner and into the arms of young Marty Preston. Photo credit: Allmovie
Otis, from "The Adventures of Milo and Otis," was originally a Japanese film.
"The Little Rascals" pit bull Petey was one of the first American Staffordshire Terriers registered with the AKC. Up until the 80's, pit bulls were widely considered Americas favorite dog, also known as "Americas Nanny" or "Americas Dog."
Originally a shell-shocked German Shepherd rescued by an American serviceman during World War I, the first Rin Tin Tin was a performing pooch who became a star of 23 Hollywood films. Photo credit: Virginmedia




  1. Actually, the story of Rin-Tin-Tin’s birth on a battlefield in September of 1918 very likely is myth. The first story that Duncan told (in October, 1919, to the Los Angeles Times) — and that three officers of his squadron told — goes like this: Duncan and his mates found an adult German shepherd male on the battlefield, and Rin-Tin-Tin was one of a litter born to him and a female German shepherd. That means he was born around the time of the Armistice. Evidence shows that story to be the true one. In a photograph taken after the 135th Aero Squadron arrived back in the United States in May, 1919, Duncan sits on the ground with Rin-Tin-Tin in his arms; next to him is another man with Nanette, Rin-Tin-Tin’s sister. Rin-Tin-Tin’s ears are floppy; Nanette’s stand straight up. German shepherd puppies’ ears start to stand up when they are five or six months old. (That’s also the age the puppies appear to be, not the nine months they would have been had they been born in September.) See my book, Rin-Tin-Tin: The Movie Star, available on Amazon.