It's no secret that I love dogs. I have three of my own and five step-dogs who belong to my brother and three step-dogs who belong to my sister Nancy.
Of the 11 dogs, six are Chihuahuas, three are Boston terriers, one is a Peke-a-Poo and the other is the product of my Peke-a-Poo and my Chihuahua.
When I got a press release from the American Kennel Club, saying it was going to announced the top 125 dogs in pop culture, I was anxious to see who was No. 1. The AKC partnered with AOL's PawNation.com
The announcement was today in New York City and the "top dog" is Snoopy, Charlie Brown's beloved beagle.
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It was appropriate because of the press conference was at the special Snoopy exhibit in the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum in New York City.
The ranking was created in celebration of the AKC’s 125th anniversary this year, and brings together canines from diverse backgrounds for a look at how dogs have been woven into every aspect of American culture from film and literature to sports and art.
I never even heard of the No. 2 dog. It's Reveille, the Texas A&M’s mascot. I guess the Aggies voted more than University of Georgia supporters of Uga. Reveille, a collie, ranked higher than Lassie.
"There is no question that America loves dogs," said AKC spokesperson Lisa Peterson. "One look at popular culture proves, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that dogs have always had a profound influence on our daily lives. The collaboration between the AKC and Pawnation.com, in celebration of the AKC’s 125 anniversary, allowed the public to voice their opinions on the dogs that made the biggest impact over the years."
Top 10 Dogs in Pop Culture:
- Texas A&M’s Reveille
- Scooby Doo
- Eddie from the TV show "Frasier"
- Pound Puppy toys
- Painting "Dogs Playing Poker"
- Song "How Much Is that Doggie in the Window?"
- Georgetown’s Jack the Bulldog
- The song "Who Let the Dogs Out"
- Brian Griffin from the animated TV show "The Family Guy"
Top Dogs in Each Pop Culture Category:
Television:Eddie from "Frasier"
Literature: "Clifford the Big Red Dog"
Song: "How Much Is That Doggie in the Window?"
College Mascot: Texas A&M’s Reveille
Advertising Mascot: Bush’s Baked Beans’ Duke
Art/Fashion: The painting, "Dogs Playing Poker"
Toys: Pound Puppies
Famous Dogs: The National Crime Prevention’s crime dog McGruff
The list counts down from General Patton’s White Bull Terrier Willie "William the Conqueror" (No. 125) to Snoopy. Surprising results include:
- Major Upsets – Pound Puppy toys (No. 5) and "Dogs Playing Poker" (No. 6) received more votes than old-time favorites Toto from "The Wizard of Oz" (No. 24), Benji (No. 27), and Rin Tin Tin (No. 46).
- Canine College Mascots – Texas A&M’s Reveille (No. 2) scored more points than Georgetown’s Jack the Bulldog (No. 8), University of Georgia’s UGA (No. 12), Boston University’s Rhett the Boston Terrier (No. 48) and Yale’s Handsome Dan (No. 58).
- Political Dogs – Bo Obama (a Portuguese water dog) captured the spotlight earlier this year but landed in the 42nd spot, yet still received more votes than Bill Clinton’s Buddy (No. 44), FDR’s Scottish terrier Fala (No. 55) and even Richard Nixon’s cocker spaniel Checkers, referenced in his famous "Checker’s Speech" (No. 65).
- Dogs Bark to a Different Tune – Patti Page’s 1953 song "How Much Is That Doggie in the Window?" came in at No. 7, while "Who Let the Dogs Out?" (No. 9) by the Baha Men outranked Elvis’ "Hound Dog" (No. 22).
- Newcomers Beat the Classics – Newcomer Brian Griffin, from the TV show "The Family Guy," landed in the top 10 (No. 10) while more classic animated dogs such as Huckleberry Hound (No. 38) and Underdog (No. 53) fell deeper down the list.
AKC experts created the initial list of pop culture dogs but the public returned each week from Sept. 15-Dec. 14 to vote in a series of 11 polls on PawNation.com. In total, nearly 76,000 people had the final say of the Top 125 Dogs in Pop Culture.
What do you think of the list? And is a dog missing from the list?
Here is the list:
1. Snoopy - Charlie Brown’s pet beagle in the comic strip "Peanuts," drawn by the late Charles Schulz.
2. Texas A&M’s “Reveille” – The official mascot, students adopted the first Reveille, a mixed-breed dog, in 1931. Eight years after the death of the first Reveille, a graduate of the university donated a Shetland sheepdog to be the second official Aggie mascot, Reveille II. The third Reveille was the first to be a purebred collie; all subsequent mascots have belonged to this breed.
3. Scooby Doo – Norville “Shaggy” Rogers’ pet Great Dane who is in the animated Saturday morning television series "Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!"
4. Eddie Spaghetti – The Jack Russell terrier starred alongside Kelsey Grammer in the NBC sitcom "Frasier."
5. Pound Puppies – Created in 1984 by Tonka, these toy puppies could be “adopted” by kids. The toys were also featured in an animated television series on ABC.
6. "Dogs Playing Poker" – A series of 16 oil paintings of anthropomorphized dogs playing poker by C.M. Coolidge was commissioned in 1903 by Brown & Bigelow to advertise cigars. Nine of the paintings, in which dogs are seated around a card table, have become mockingly known in the United States as examples of working-class taste in home decoration.
7. “How Much Is That Doggie in the Window?” – Written by Bob Merrill and recorded in 1953 by Patti Page.
8. Georgetown’s “Jack the Bulldog – In 1962, "Jack" and the breed of English bulldog was formally adopted the official mascot of Georgetown.
9. "Who Let the Dogs Out?" - Written and originally recorded by Anslem Douglas for Trinidad and Tobago’s Carnival season of 1998. The song was later covered by the Baha Men in 2000. The track went to win the 2001 Grammy for Best Dance Recording.
10. Brian Griffin – The Griffin family’s cynical, substance-abusing, talking dog on the FOX animated series "The Family Guy."
11. Lassie – The genius heroine collie in the 1943 movie "Lassie Come Home" who saved people from villains and natural threats in many sequels and also a television show.
12. University of Georgia’s “Uga” – Solid white English bulldogs who have served as the mascot since 1956. To date, there have been seven dogs to carry the name "Uga", each is the son of his predecessor. Deceased UGAs are interred in a mausoleum near the main entrance to Sanford Stadium.
13. Bush’s Baked Bean’s Duke – The Bush family’s golden retriever seen in as seen in advertisements entrusted with the secret family recipe.
14. Flash – Sheriff Roscoe P. Coltrane's basset hound from the CBS series "The Dukes of Hazzard"
15. McGruff the Crime Dog - A cartoon bloodhound used by the National Crime Prevention Council in commercials and other media to teach children about safety.
16. Petie – The American Staffordshire terrier who played mascot to the children of "Our Gang," later renamed "The Little Rascals."
17. Marmaduke - The family pet of the Winslows, Marmaduke is a good-hearted 200-lb. Great Dane who has outgrown his cute puppy stage and become an accident-prone gentle giant whose many pranks and adventures routinely get him into trouble.
18. Clifford The Big Red Dog - An American children’s book series written by Norman Bridwell based on a tiny Vizsla puppy who grew to 25 feet.
19. Taco Bell Dog - Spanish-speaking Chihuahua seen in a series of successful commercial in the late 1990s for Taco Bell. Played by Gidget the Dog (a female), the male Taco Bell dog wanders busy streets, climbs fire escapes, and enters people apartments to beg for Taco Bell food products. His catchphrase is "Yo Quiero Taco Bell" (translated "I want Taco Bell").
20. Homeward Bound – The Disney feature film based on two dogs – Chance, a fun-loving American bulldog pup, and Shadow, a wise golden retriever – who trek across America with a cat and encounter numerous adventures in the quest to be reunited with their owners.
21. Lady and the Tramp – 1955 animated Walt Disney feature film that pairs a female American cocker spaniel named Lady who lives with a prosperous, upper middle-class family, and a male stray mutt named Tramp.
22. "Hound Dog" - Written by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller and originally recorded by Willie Mae “Big Mama” Thorton in 1952. The 1956 remake by Elvis Presley is the best known version that hit No. 19 on Rolling Stone’s list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.
23. “Scotty” (Mr. Monopoly’s dog) – Added as a Monopoly playing piece in the early 1950s along with the wheelbarrow and the horse and rider.
24. Toto – Dorothy’s dog, played by a Cairn terrier, in the movie "The Wizard of Oz."
25. Odie – The brown-eared beagle in comic strip "Garfield." Odie is also played by a Dachshund in the live action movies based on the "Garfield" franchise.
26. Beasley – The crime solving dogue de Bordeaux in the Tom Hanks movie "Turner & Hooch."
27. Benji - The focus of several movies since 1974, Benji was a small mixed-breed dog with an uncanny knack for being in the right place at the right time, usually helping a person overcome a problem.
28. Anheuser-Busch’s “Spuds Mackenzie” - White English bull terrier with a rakish black mark around his right eye who was the canine mascot for the Anheuser-Busch Beer Company's Bud Light commercials from 1987-89. Billed as the "Ultimate Party Animal," Spuds with an entourage of three women known as the Spudettes, danced, skateboarded, high-dived, played hockey and rode horses across the TV screens of America.
29. Goofy - An anthropomorphic dog and one of Mickey Mouse’s best friends made famous by Disney. In addition to displaying a lack of intelligence, Goofy tends to be very clumsy.
30. Poodle skirts – Often considered a symbol of the 1950s, the wide swing felt skirt of a solid bold color displayed a design appliquéd of a coiffed French poodle.
31. Bruiser** – Elle Woods' Chihuahua in the movie "Legally Blonde."
31. The Fox and the Hound** - The Disney animated story of Tod, an orphaned baby fox, and the young hunting dog named Copper who didn't know they were supposed to be enemies.
33. "Puppy Love" - Written by Paul Anka in 1960 for Annette Funicello, with whom he was dating at the time, reached No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart. Twelve years later it was revived by Donny Osmond, who took it to No. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100.
34. Old Yeller – A novel by Fred Gipson. The title was taken from the name of the fictional Mountain cur dog who is a main character in the book. The book was adapted into a Disney movie in 1957. The dog “Old Yeller” was cast thereafter from 1960-1962 in NBC’s "The Outlaws" series.
35. Pluto (formerly known as Pluto the Pup) - Mickey Mouse’s pet bloodhound made famous in a series of Disney short cartoons.
36. Beethoven – The Newton family’s St. Bernard in the "Beethoven" movie series.
37. Target’s “Bullseye” – The bull terrier mascot of Target Corporation, which also uses a bullseye symbol as its logo.
38. Comet** – The family’s pet golden retriever on the ABC series "Full House."
38. Huckleberry Hound** – The star of "The Huckleberry Hound Show," the first Emmy Award-winning animated series.
40. Black Dog T-Shirts – Simple white tees bearing the profile of the beloved “Black Dog,” Capt. Robert Douglas' ever-present Lab-Boxer mix companion, were originally created for the cooks of The Black Dog Tavern on Martha’s Vineyard. Catching on, soon Islanders were sporting the Black Dog tees. The popularity of The Black Dog logo now inspired sweatshirts, hats, mugs and many more items.
41. Gromit – Wallace’s faithful beagle in the British animated short films "Wallace & Gromit." Gromit spends most of his time saving Wallace from various scrapes and a number of mischievous characters.
42. Bo Obama - The highly anticipated first dog, a Portuguese water dog, of the United States. Given to the Obama family as a present from the late Sen. Ted Kennedy
43. Marley & Me – The New York Times bestselling autobiographical book by journalist John Grogan that portrays Grogan and his family's life during the 13 years that they lived with their rambunctious Labrador retriever Marley, and the relationships and lessons from this period.
44. Buddy – Bill Clinton’s Labrador retriever.
45. Blue – The star of "Blue’s Clues," a popular TV show for preschool aged children which aired on Nickelodeon.
46. Rin TinTin – This famous German shepherd was found in a trench by an American soldier and appeared in films since 1922.
47. 101 Dalmatians –This Walt Disney movie centers on the fate of kidnapped Dalmatian puppies Pongo and Perdita and is based on the novel "The Hundred and One Dalmatians" by Dodie Smith.
48. Boston University Terriers’ Rhett the Boston terrier - The Boston University Terriers are the nine men's and 12 women's varsity athletic teams representing the university in the NCAA Division I competition. The Boston University Terriers official mascot is Rhett the Boston terrier. Since the school colors are scarlet and white, the mascot is named Rhett in a reference to "Gone With the Wind," because "no one loves Scarlet more than Rhett."
49. Air Bud** – The basketball-playing golden retriever in the 1997 Walt Disney feature film.
49. “Bingo”** - A well known English children’s song about a farmer and his dog.
51. Santa’s Little Helper – The Simpson family's rescued greyhound in the animated television series "The Simpsons."
52. Astro – Elroy’s pet Great Dane in the Hanna-Barbera cartoon "The Jetsons."
53. Underdog – The classic animated television series of the same name that features "Shoeshine," a beagle superhero who gains heroic powers after a mysterious accident occurs in the laboratory of maniacal scientist Dr. Simon Barsinister. "Shoeshine" uses his new superhero powers to protect the beleaguered citizens of Capital City.
54. Tryumph the Insult Comic Dog - A puppet character on "Late Night with Conan O’Brien," he puffs a cigar while insulting celebrities and claims to be a Serbian mountain hound.
55. Fala - Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Scottish terrier. He traveled alongside his master and met many dignitaries during FDR’s presidency.
56. Little House on the Prairie – Jack (a French bulldog in the books but a mixed breed in the TV show) and later Bandit, a Border collie, belonged to little Laura Ingalls in the popular series.
57. Einstein - Doc Brown’s sheepdog in the movie "Back to the Future."
58. Yale’s “Handsome Dan” – The first university in the United States to adopt a mascot, Yale’s bulldog established by a young gentleman from Victorian England, who attended Yale in the 1890's. The line now numbers 17, and the original successors have been the intimates of deans, directors and coaches.
59. Tinker Bell – Paris Hilton’s Chihuahua.
60. George Rodrigue’s “Blue Dog” – Paintings of the blue-hued, ghostly spaniel/terrier with a white nose and yellow eyes attributed to Rodrigue’s deceased dog named Tiffany and influenced by Loup Garou legend. The Blue Dog was featured in national ad campaigns by both Absolut Vodka and the Xerox Corporation and his symbol helped coin the term Blue Dog Democrat.
61. White Fang – The main character in Jack London’s book of the same name. White Fang is the story of a wild wolfdog's journey toward becoming civilized in Yukon Territory, Canada, during the Klondike Gold Rush at the end of the 19th century.
62. United States Marine Corps –Since 1922, the bulldog has served as the mascot. The current mascot is the 12th in a series of mascots named "Chesty" after the famous Marine Lt. Gen. Lewis B. “Chesty” Puller Jr.
63. Beverly Hills Chihuahua - Follows the story of Chloe, a pampered Chihuahua from Beverly Hills, who finds herself accidentally lost in Mexico. Alone for the first time, she must rely on new friends to help her to find her way back home.
64. "Where, O Where Has My Little Dog Gone?" - A 1847 German song. In the original, the narrator laments a lost sock, not a lost dog. In 1864 the popular songwriter Septimus Winner set English lyrics to the melody. He called it "Der Deitcher's Dog (The Germans Dog)" and set it in a pseudo-German dialect. Later it was transformed into its popular final version.
65. Checkers – Richard Nixon’s cocker spaniel referenced in his famous “Checker’s Speech” during his 1952 vice presidential bid.
66. Digger the Dog – A plastic hound dog with a Sherlock Holmes style hat that kids pulled with a cord. The ad featured a catchy song that went: "Digger the dog, digging he goes with you when you explore, just pull his leash and go for a walk, he's your dog for sure!"
67. Hush Puppies Spokesbasset – The basset hound is the shoe manufacturer’s official logo.
68. Napoleon and Lafayette – The bloodhound and basset hound in the animated Disney movie "The Aristocats."
69. Cujo – The St. Bernard in the horror novel by Stephen King (later a movie).
70. Spot – The black & white cocker spaniel pet featured in the "Fun with Dick and Jane" book series created to teach children how to read.
71. DOG-OPOLY - A game based on the traditional "Opoly" games with some great doggie twists – including real estate arranged by breed size and the purchase of dog houses that can be traded for big bones.
72. Tiger – The family dog in "The Brady Bunch."
73. "Shannon" – Written by Henry Gross about the passing of Beach Boy Carl Wilson’s Irish setter of the same name. The single went gold and reached No. 6 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1976.
74. Shiloh - The story of a boy who risks everything to save his lovable beagle in the movie series of the same name.
75. My Dog Skip - An autobiographical book by Willie Morris that tells the tale of a boy and his Parson Russell terrier dog in a small Southern town that teaches about family, friendship, love, devotion and bravery. In 2000, the book was made into a movie by the same name.
76. “I Love My Dog” - Cat Stevens’ first single about the pet Dachshund he found tied to a post when he was young that helped launch his career.
77. “Martha My Dear” - Sung by the Beatles written about Paul McCarthy’s sheepdog.
78. Max – Old English sheepdog in the Disney animated movie "The Little Mermaid."
79. Sandy** – the mixed-breed that Annie rescues in the movie "Little Orphan Annie."
79. Greyhound Bus Line** – Official logo features a greyhound dog.
81. Barbie’s dogs – “Beauty,” Barbie’s Afghan hound and “Prince,” Barbie’s poodle
82. Percy – The pampered English setter pet of Gov. Ratcliffe in Disney’s animated movie "Pocahontas."
83. Big Red – A novel by author Jim Kjelgaard based on an Irish setter (Big Red) that would rather run through the woods than be the perfectly-trained and groomed show dog his sportsman owner wants. A 10-year-old orphan boy helps look after the dog and rebels against his owner's strict discipline of "Big Red" (later a Disney movie).
84. Reckless – The family’s hound from the popular CBS TV show "The Waltons."
85. Cracker Jacks’ “Bingo”** – The boy on the Cracker Jack box is Sailor Jack and his dog is called Bingo. They were introduced as registered trademark logos in 1919 and were modeled on F. W. Rueckheim’s grandson, Robert, and his dog.
85. Argos** – The faithful dog of Odysseus in Homer’s "Odyssey."
87. Slinky – Toy Dachshund with a metal slinky for a mid-section in the Pixar "Toy Story" movie series.
88. Cap’n Crunch’s “Seadog” - Served as the first mate on Cap'n Crunch's ship The S.S. Guppy. “Seadog” represented Vanilly Crunch in 1972.
89. RCA’s “Nipper” - Company logo of a white fox terrier (Nipper) sitting aside an Edison phonograph record player and listening intently (head tilted) to "His Master's Voice" (trademark phrase of RCA)
90. Max - the Grinch’s wary sleigh-driving dog from “How the Grinch Stole Christmas.”
91. Best in Show - The comedic parody written by Christopher Guest that tells the tale of owners (and handlers) of five show dogs headed for the Mayflower Kennel Club Dog Show.
92. All Dogs Go to Heaven - Animated musical adventure about a dog newly released from prison, his Dachshund pal, and the trouble they get into. The film inspired a theatrical sequel, television series and a Christmas direct-to-video film.
93. Porkchop - Doug Funnie's dog in the animated Nickelodeon series "Doug."
94. The Poky Little Puppy – A children’s book written by Janette Sebring Lowry under the Little Golden Books series published by Simon and Schuster. As of the year as of 200, it sold nearly 15 million copies, making it the single all-time best-selling hardcover children's book in English; according to Publisher’s Weekly.
95. Southern Illinois Saluki - The mighty mascot of Southern Illinois University
96. Spike – The family dog in the Nickelodeon series "Rugrats."
97. Dogbert – Dilbert’s anthropomorphic pet dog from the "Dilbert" comic strip. Despite this dislike for humans, he is known to protect and help Dilbert when he falls victim to sinister motives.
98. Ren – The neurotic “asthma-hound Chihuahua in the American/Canadian animated television series "The Ren & Stimpy Show."
99. Wishbone – The Jack Russell terrier and main character on the PBS Kids show "Wishbone."
100. Millie – George H. W. Bush’s English springer spaniel. She authored her own book called "Millie's Book: As Dictated to Barbara Bush."
101. Rowlf – The piano playing dog was originally built to star in a dog food commercial. He made his primetime debut on "The Jimmy Dean Show" prior to his recurring role in "The Muppet Show."
102. Travels with Charley: In Search of America – A travelogue by John Steinbeck that documents the road trip he took with his standard poodle Charley around the United States in 1960.
103. The Shaggy Dog – 1959 Walt Disney movie featuring Fred MacMurray that follows a boy who through an ancient spell changes into a sheepdog and back again.
104. Where the Red Fern Grows - A children's novel written by American author Wilson Rawls about a boy who buys and trains two redbone coonhound hunting dogs (later a movie).
105. Goliath - Davey’s pet dog in the children’s television series "Davey and Goliath." When Davey talks, only Goliath can hear him. Goliath sometimes acts as Davey’s conscience.
106. The Call of the Wild – A novel by Jack London based on a previously domesticated and even somewhat pampered St. Bernard/Scotch shepherd cross named Buck, whose primordial instincts return after a series of events finds him serving as a sled dog in the treacherous, frigid Yukon during the days of the 19th century Klondike Gold Rushes.
107. Deputy Dawg – Portly, dim-witted white bulldog on the half-hour Terrytoons cartoon "Deputy Dawg." Lawman Deputy Dawg tried to keep the peace in rural Mississippi.
108. Dollar - The Rich family "dollarmatian" (like a Dalmatian, but with dollar signs instead of spots) from comic "Richie Rich."
109. Buster Brown’s “Tige” - Buster Brown’s canine companion. The catchphrase of the advertisements was "I'm Buster Brown, I live in a shoe. That's my dog, Tige, he lives there too!"
110. The Ugly Dachshund - The 1966 Disney comedy, starring Suzanne Pleshette, about a Great Dane who thinks he's a Dachshund.
111. DOGNY - America's Tribute to Search and Rescue Dogs. Colorful canine statues served as a visible reminder of the heroic acts performed by dogs and humans alike in the aftermath of Sept. 11. The Honorable Michael R. Bloomberg declared Dec. 16, 2002 "DOGNY Day" in the city of New York.
112. Fresno State Bulldogs “Timeout” - Fresno State University adopted the Bulldog mascot in 1921 after the student body president, Warren Moody, and friends were continually greeted on their way to football games outside the main campus building by a white bulldog. The live dog
was adopted by the student body and brought to football games as the mascot for several decades, until the 1981 when a costumed bulldog was introduced.
113. Daisy – The Bumsteads’ pet dog in the comic strip "Blondie."
114. Elizabeth Taylor Goldenblatt - A Cavalier King Charles spaniel who belonged to Charlotte York from the HBO show "Sex and the City."
115. Otto - Sgt. Snorkel's anthropomorphic dog, whom Sarge dresses up the same as himself in the comic strip "Beetle Bailey."
116. Barfy - The family Labrador retriever in the syndicated comic strip "Family Circus."
117. Frankenweenie – The bull terrier named Sparky who is brought back to life in the Tim Burton short of the same name.
118. Anheuser-Busch Dalmatians - Dalmatians have traveled with the Clydesdale horses since the 1950s.
119. Jerry Lee - German shepherd who is partnered with a police detective (played by Jim Beluchi) to catch a drug dealer in the 1989 movie "K-9."
120. Rex - An Irish terrier featured in the Twentieth Century Fox movie "Firehouse Dog."
121. Bullet the Wonder Dog - Roy Rogers’ faithful German shepherd on "The Roy Rogers Show."
122. Asta – A wire fox terrier primarily known for his namesake role in the "Thin Man" movies, Asta was the ever-present brainy canine sidekick who played alongside Myrna Loy and William Powell in the popular detective comedies.
123. “Waldi” from the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich – A rainbow-shaded Dachshund who was the first officially-named Olympic mascot.
124. Black & White Scotch Whisky – An avid animal lover, founder James Buchanan added a black Scottish terrier and the West Highland white terrier to his whiskey label and adopted them as the brand's motif.
125. Willie "William the Conqueror" - General Patton’s White bull terrier. Willie had his own set of "dog tags," and had quite a reputation with the "lady" dogs. Gen. Patton doted on the dog and even hosted a birthday party for him.
** indicates a duplicate.