Guess What Breeds These Cartoon Dogs Are
Cartoon Dog Breeds: What Type of Dog is Scooby-Doo?
Ever since I was a little kid, I’ve liked cartoons, comics, and animation. Recently I was doing some research online and came across a series called Dogs in a Park. It’s an animated sketch series that lets you inside the thoughts of the dogs of the Tompkins Square Park dog run in the East Village. (You can watch the series here.) This got me thinking about famous cartoon dogs. The first thing I asked myself is: “What type of dog is Scooby-Doo?” Here is what I found out. See if you can guess what each dog’s breed is.
What Type of Dog is Scooby-Doo?
Scooby-Doo is probably the cartoon canine who resonates most with my generation. EVERYONE I know has said “Ruh-Roh!” at one time or another.
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What type of dog is Scooby-Doo?
Answer: Scooby is probably the most famous Great Dane in popular media, though I think Marmaduke fans would likely quibble over that.
What Type of Dog is Dug?
Dug from the Disney film Up is one of my all-time favorite animated dogs.
What type of dog is Dug?
Answer: Golden Retriever
What Type of Dog is Astro?
Up next: Astro from The Jetsons.
What type of dog is Astro?
Answer: Astro is likely another Great Dane. I was unable to find a conclusive answer on the Interwebs.
What Type of Dog is Brian?
Here’s the Family Guy’s Brian. Next to Stewie, he’s my favorite character from the show.
What type of dog is Brian?
Answer: Brian claims to be a Golden Retriever mix.
What Type of Dog is Jake?
Jake from Adventure Time, one of the best animated series of recent memory.
What type of dog is Jake?
Answer: English Bulldog. I guess I can kinda see that with the jowls.
What Type of Dog is Santa’s Little Helper?
The Simpsons adopted their dog when he came in last at the racetrack and was abandoned by his owner. That should give you a clue as to what type of dog he is.
What type of dog is Santa’s Little Helper?
What Type of Dog is Bandit?
One of my all-time favorite Saturday morning cartoons when I was a kid was Jonny Quest. Jonny had a dog named Bandit (His face markings look like a bandit’s mask. Get it?)
I think it’s pretty obvious what type of dog he is.
What type of dog is Bandit?
Answer: English Bulldog.
What Type of Dog is Gromit?
“I’m just crackers about cheese!”
Another personal favorite is Gromit from the British Wallace and Gromit series.
Any idea what type of dog is Gromit?
Answer: Wallace says Gromit’s a Beagle. He would know.
What Type of Dog is Goofy?
Let’s travel back to the early days of cartoon dogs and meet one of Mickey Mouse’s friends, Goofy.
What type of dog is Goofy?
Answer: One theory is that Goofy is a Black and Tan Coonhound. Some say he is an “anthropomorphized dog.”
Others say he’s a cow.
I do not subscribe to this bovine conspiracy. Here’s an article from the fact-checking site, Snopes, for more.
What Type of Dog is Pluto?
And this is Mickey’s pet dog Pluto. I’ve always wondered why Goofy can talk, walk upright and is Mickey’s friend… and why Pluto can only bark, walk on all fours, and is Mickey’s pet. I guess that will likely remain one of cartoon life’s enduring mysteries.
What type of dog is Pluto?
Answer: Disney’s official response is that he’s a mixed breed. I wonder if he’s a rescue too?
What Type of Dog is Mr. Peabody?
Yet another favorite from my childhood: Mr. Peabody from The Bullwinkle Show. (The pic below is from the recent 3D animated feature.)
What type of dog is Mr. Peabody?
Answer: Mr. Peabody is a Beagle.
What Type of Dog is Krypto, the Super-Dog?
Next up is Krypto, the Super-Dog from the Superman family of comic books, published by DC Comics. Krypto is the Kryptonian version of the Soviet Cosmonaut dog, Laika, but unlike his Communist counterpart he wasn’t doomed to an early death in space. Krypto arrived on Earth shortly after the baby Kal-El (the future Superman.) He eventually became the Man of Steel’s best friend. He is part of a whole menagerie of super pets, including Streaky the Super-Cat, Beppo the Super-Monkey, and Comet the Super-Horse.
What kind of dog is Krypto?
Answer: Recently there was an updated, more ferocious version of Krypto. He looked a lot like an extremely large, monster Siberian Husky or Malamute.
“Klassic Krypto,” however, the space pooch most people are familiar with, has alternated in appearance between an American Staffordshire Terrier and a (spot-free) Dalmatian.
I’m going to settle on Kryptonian Staffordshire Terrier as his breed.
What Type of Dog is Ace, The Bat-Hound?
This is Ace, the Bat-Hound from Batman’s line of comics, also published by DC.
What type of dog is he?
Answer: Ace is a probably a German Shepherd Dog (or maybe a Belgian Malinois?)
There’s a new dog living in Wayne Manor these days. His name is Titus and he belongs to Damian Wayne, Bruce Wayne’s son, AKA Robin. (What? You didn’t know Batman had a kid? Keep up with the times, people!)
What kind of dog is Titus?
Answer: Titus is a Great Dane.
(Note: In Batman Beyond — a future Batman for those who don’t know — there is another Bat-Dog who is a Great Dane. He is named Ace.)
Damian also has a cat named Alfred (after the Wayne Manor butler) and a cow named, appropriately enough, Bat-Cow.
For kicks, here’s a picture of Bat-Cow (take a close look at the markings across his eyes.)
What Type of Dog is Pizza Dog?
This is Pizza Dog, AKA Lucky, AKA Arrow, from the Marvel comic Hawkeye. Yes, this one’s VERY obscure, but he’s one of my personal favorites.
Pizza Dog recently got an action figure.
What do you think he is? (Apart from plastic.)
Answer: He’s a mixed breed.
What Type of Dog is Lockjaw?
Here’s another Marvel Comics super-dog: Lockjaw! Lockjaw is a member of the Inhumans, a group of super-people who live on the moon. He was created by Jack “King” Kirby, the man who also created the Avengers and the X-Men (among MANY others!) Lockjaw is able to transport through time and space.
Answer: I think Lockjaw is either a giant English Bulldog or giant Pug. With a tuning fork on his head. Go figure.
What Type of Dog is Muttley?
Another one of the most famous Saturday morning cartoon dogs comes from The Wacky Races and The Perils of Penelope Pitstop. This is villain Dick Dastardly’s hench-dog, Muttley.
What type of dog is Muttley?
Answer: The show’s producers Hanna and Barbera said Muttley was a mixed breed, and they even provided a lineage! He’s part Airedale, Bloodhound, Pointer, and indeterminate “hunting dog.” Muttley was famous for his wheezing snicker.
What Type of Dog is Ren?
Here’s Ren of Ren and Stimpy.
What type of dog is Ren?
What type of dog is Scooby-Doo?Answer: Chihuahua
What Type of Dog is Underdog?
I’ll finish my review of cartoon dogs with Underdog.
When criminals in this world appear
And break the laws that they should fear
And frighten all who see or hear
The cry goes up both far and near
For Underdog! Underdog! Underdog! Underdog!
What type of dog is Underdog?
Answer: He’s another Beagle!
What Type of Dog is Hotdog?
This is Hotdog from the Archie line of comics. He belongs to Jughead.
Hotdog is… ?
Answer: He’s a mixed breed with some Old English Sheepdog in his background.
What Type of Dog is Sandy?
This is Little Orphan Annie and her dog Sandy.
What type of dog is Sandy?
Answer: As befits a scrappy orphan, Annie’s dog is a mixed breed.
What Type of Dog is Daisy?
This is Daisy from the Blondie comic strip. What kind of dog is she?
Answer: Um… “Purple Dog?”
I have not been able to find anything online, but my co-blogger Clark swears he read somewhere that she’s a Schnauzer.
A long-tailed, beardless, floppy-eared, purple Schnauzer.
What Type of Dog is Odie?
We’re going to start with the slobbery mess known as Odie from the Garfield comic strip. Odie was first introduced to the strip in 1978. He was originally called Spot, but cartoonist Jim Davis later changed his name to Odie. I think you’ll be very surprised when you find out what type of dog Odie is.
Answer: Apparently Odie’s a Dachshund / Beagle mix. (Garfield says his breed is “pure clown.”)
What Type of Dog is Snoopy?
And finally, probably the most famous comic strip dog of all: Peanuts‘ Snoopy! This one is easy.
Answer: As pretty much everyone knows, he is a Beagle.
He has a very interesting history. You should check out the Wikipedia entry on him and see how he evolved as a character.
To check out more cartoon dogs, read our post: Cartoon Dogs… The Sequel!