Top 5 Famous Fictional Dogs
Dogs have been featuring in adverts, films and TV series for many years, with the first ever dog having the lead role in a film called ‘Rescued by Rover’ in 1905. Since then, there have been many beautiful and talented dogs who have stolen our hearts, here are our top 5 famous fictional dogs:
1. Rin Tin Tin
This beautiful German Shepherd was rescued from WWI by an American soldier (Lee Duncan) who nicknamed him ‘Rinty’. Rin Tin Tin was trained by Duncan who obtained silent work for his beloved dog. Rin Tin Tin made his first film in 1923. Duncan, speaking from the first film in 1923 said “And with his success, he made 26 pictures for Warner’s. Amazingly this German Shepherd dog starred in his own 1930’s radio show “The Wonder Dog”.
Lassie is one of those dogs that all dog lovers know and love. Although Lassie is a fictional character, she is one of the most famous dog around. The original character was played by a Collie called Pal. Pal’s direct descendants in last 10 generations were shown in Lassie (the film) from 1943 to 2007. Lassie is an unforgettable and emotional film, which tugs on our heart strings. We, as dog owners, will always have that connection to the film.
Toto is arguably one of the most recognizable and beloved famous fictional dogs. She was featured in the iconic The Wizard of Oz in 1939 and performed alongside her best friend in the film, Dorothy. Toto was played by a female brindle terrier called Terry and it’s surprising to find out that she was earning more money than some of the other actors! The cute little dog also went onto appearing in 13 different films.
In the 90’s, Beethoven was famous for being sloppy, cute, and cuddly. This Saint Bernard could not be forgotten as the giant dog that everyone loved. The film really portraits the dog’s loyalty and protectiveness which wins the family over in this film, which is something that all dog owners can relate to.
The drooling, and messy dog known as Hooch, starred alongside Tom Hanks’ film Turner and Hooch. Hooch’s breed is the Dogue de Bordeaux known for the short, fine coat, ranging from dark red to light fawn. This amazing duo displayed the greatest bond between man and dog, which is part of what made this film so brilliant.