Sunday, October 6, 2013

Most Famous Dogs from the Movies (Guest Post)

Today's guest post was brought to you by Adam Prattler. This brings back a lot of memories. The first movie I've seen starred Benji. I really loved that tiny dog's big adventures.

A Look at some of the Dog Stars in Cinema

Lassie Photo by Screencap
It's hard to talk about canines in cinema without mentioning one of the most famous dogs of all time. While different dogs played the character of Lassie, they were all related over the years. When it comes to dogs in the movies, it's hard to create a list without including Lassie.

Beethoven is probably the most famous St. Bernard - at least when it comes to movies. The first movie had Beethoven as a puppy. After escaping from a pet store, he wanders into the home of the Newtons. The rest, as you know, is history. Many people love this St. Bernard for one reason or another.

Old Yeller
This film from 1957 is probably one of the most memorable dog movies made in the last 100 years - or at least since movies have been made. The movie takes place in the 1860s - after the Civil War. The notable thing about this canine movie is that it's a family tragedy. The dog dying in the end is one of the most memorable scenes in all of cinema.

Benji was a dog star during the 1970s. Similar to Lassie in some ways - heroic dog saves the day - Benji was a lot smaller than Lassie - at least in size. When it comes to popularity, he was as big as any of the other dogs on this page. One of the things that sets Benji apart is his ability to act really well.

The star of The Adventures of Milo and Otis, this dog is another popular one in the movies. While he didn't do as many films as Lassie or Benji, the one he did do was very popular in the 1980s. What many people don't realize is that the film was originally a Japanese production. When it hit screens in America, it was just as popular.

Two dogs played the part in the Winn-Dixie movie. Their names were Lyco and Scott, and they both did a terrific job of stealing almost every scene they were in. The movie came out in 2005. It's about a girl who moves to a new town and is befriended by the dog - who goes on to help her make friends.

Who can forget this huge dog from Turner and Hooch with Tom Hanks. The dog is a French Mastiff, which are known for their slobbering. This actually made for a lot of laughs in the movie. This isn't your typical family dog film, but it's still worth a look if you like animals, especially big and messy dogs.


Bryan knows a lot about dog symptoms because he's worked as a veterinarian before. When not taking care of animals, he enjoys writing guest posts online to share his knowledge about pets with others.

What was your favorite dog movie?


  1. I love all of the above films, I think one of the biggest K9 stars was probably German Shepherd Rin Tin Tin and I loved Hachi: A Dog's Tale.

  2. LOL Turner and Hooch is on the TV right and we are watching it. Have a serene Sunday and enjoy your big easy today.
    Best wishes Molly

  3. I'm not much into watching movies though I do read movie reviews. Out of all the movies you listed, Beethoven is the only one I've watched. ;)

  4. Oh, I cried my eyes out when I watched Old Yeller! I love Milo and Otis ... what an adorable movie.

  5. I love dogs in films. The GSD in "I am Legend" stole my heart.

  6. Who can forget Benji? Almost every sapien wanted a Benji when that movie was playing!

  7. We only know Lassie, Old Yeller and Hooch.

    XXXOOO Daisy, Bella & Roxy

  8. My peep LOVED Milo and Otis when she was little!

  9. That has brought back so many happy memories, Thank you. Have a super week xxooxxx

    Mollie and Alfie

  10. These doggies are all very talented actors!

    Momo & Pinot


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