Droopy (Tom & Jerry)
Created in 1943, Droopy the dog’s unassuming looks and personality combined with his laziness and sarcasm make him fascinating to young audiences. Droopy’s wittiness and intelligence often allows him to outsmart his enemies and he is best known to dog lovers for appearing in Tom & Jerry. Droopy’s simple character design and his tired expressions add to the beloved characters appeal. His comical thrashing is well documented with his catchphrase ‘You know what, that makes me mad!’. Why the long face Droopy?
Courage (Courage the Cowardly Dog)
Largely taking inspiration from our number one choice, Courage the Cowardly Dog left a lasting impression on viewers. The contradiction between his name and his personality make his misadventures all the more compelling. Courage the beagle lives with an elderly couple in the middle of nowhere after he was abandoned by his previous owners. The dark humour utilised in his show makes this purple dog an endearing character and he was last seen on our screens in 2014 for a special return. He may have never lived up to his name, but he is universally loved by all who watched the show.
Santa’s Little Helper (The Simpsons)
Having appeared in the first ever episode of The Simpsons, Santa’s Little Helper remains an integral part of the family, 30 years on. And luckily for us, Santa’s Little Helper will continue to bless our screens for the coming years. Dog lovers have fallen in love with the adorably simple design of this former racing dog and many episodes have centred around him. Having finished last in a number of different races, the greyhound is cruelly abandoned by his owner. Bart pleads with Homer to keep the stray dog, and all was well in the universe.
Snoopy (Peanuts, The Charlie Brown and Snoopy Show)
Having debuted in a comic strip in 1950, the lovable beagle has left a lasting legacy through his many different incarnations. Most recently seen in 2015’s ‘The Peanuts Movie’, the iconic character is universally loved for his loyalty to protagonist, Charlie Brown. Snoopy is so loved, he even has a whole Twitter account dedicated to himself! And although he is sometimes lazy and mocks his owner, Snoopy also shows great care towards him and shows why dogs are truly a man’s best friend.
Brian Griffin (Family Guy)
Perhaps the most intelligent dog on this list, Brian Griffin is an essential part of Family Guy. Brian often acts more sensibly than the other characters in the series and Brian’s human attributes receive no explanation. He enjoys a close relationship with Stewie and the Labrador broke our hearts when he was killed off in the show. However, thanks to fan outcry and Stewie and his time-travelling ways, Brian returned to the show. Thank you Seth McFarlane!
This orange bloodhound is the oldest dog on our list. Born in the 1930’s, Pluto is one of the ‘sensational six’, the biggest stars in the Disney universe. Pluto received his own series’ in 1937 and several of his short films were nominated for Academy Awards many years later. Pluto remains on our screens even today and is a pioneering figure in cartoons, portraying expression and humour through animation rather than dialogue. Pluto has also been prominent in a number of comic books and has starred in a 30-page epic centred around his adventures. This Pluto is the most famous star in the galaxy.
- Scooby-Doo (Scooby-Doo)
‘Scooby Dooby Doo, Where Are You?’ is perhaps the most famous tagline in cartoon history and this list would not be complete without our number one choice. Having appeared in television and movies, this Great Dane is loved for his fear of the unknown and his slight speech impediment. Many iterations of the character have also shown Scooby to have similar intelligence to the other characters and who could forget his love for Scooby snacks? Scooby-Doo acts as the inspiration for dog characters in both television and movies and his Facebook page has amassed over 26 million likes.