The appeal of canines as man’s best friend goes back hundreds of years. As such, dogs have left a significant mark on popular culture. Their presence can be felt in literature, film and TV. Below are some of the most popular fictional dogs.
Perhaps the most popular dog of the silver screen is Lassie, the female collie. Lassie was originally the star of a novel entitled Lassie Come Home, first published in 1940. It was then adapted into a very successful film by MGM in 1943.
The film and novel told the endearing story of Lassie escaping Scotland to travel all the way back to Yorkshire, England to find her original owner. The original Lassie, a dog named Pal, went on to star in six additional films in the 40’s and 50’s. These films were then followed by a very memorable TV series in 1954 that ran for 19 years.
Snoopy is a character so popular, the dog probably transcends the popularity of any other Peanuts character. Snoopy was created as the pet beagle of Charlie Brown by Charles M. Shultz for the Peanuts newspaper comic strip in October, 5 1950.
Snoopy is quite peculiar among fictional dogs. He doesn’t act very dog like. Instead, he often delves into a world of child like fantasy such as imagining being a flying ace in World War II. Beyond comics, Snoopy has also starred in feature films such as Snoopy, Come Home, an Olympics themed videogame for the Nintendo Entertainment System and even amusement park attractions at Cedar Point in Sandusky, Ohio.
Another unforgettable fictional dog is Scooby-Doo, sometimes also referred to as Scooby Dooby Doo. As you may know, Scooby-Doo is the star of a long running series of comedy mystery cartoons from Hanna-Barbera.
The very cowardly Great Dane’s first appearance, along with the rest of his gang including his human best friend Shaggy, was in 1969 in the first episode of Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! What may surprise you is that earlier in the show’s development, Scooby was actually a sheep dog named Too Much. This was later revised into the Scooby we all know and love.