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The most famous dog names

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Whether real-life legends or fictional heroes, here are some famous dog names that you need to know about.

By Lorraine Kipling

Updated on the 18/08/2020, 10:24

How well do you know about the legendary dogs that have touched people’s hearts? 

From a great dane with the munchies and a german shepherd from the golden age of Hollywood, to a heroic husky and an artistic afghan hound, some dogs are just so memorable, their names belong in the hall of fame!

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Here’s some famous male and female dog names from art, history, and culture, who have become iconic among their breeds!

25 Famous dog names

Beethoven

This huge St Bernard was an icon of the comedy movie series of the same name in the 80s and 90s.

Bullseye

Bill’s Sykes was very attached to his Bull Terrier in Dickens’ Oliver Twist, and the movie adaptations

Cujo

Another St Bernard - this time the subject of Steven King’s psychological horror novel and film adaptation.

Digby

Old English Sheepdogs are pretty big, but a chance event in the children’s comedy film made Digby, the Biggest Dog in the World!

Fang

Hagrid’s beloved Boarhound (Great Dane) companion in the Harry Potter series, who accompanied him on many adventures.

Fido

Abraham Lincoln’s loyal mongrel Fido used to wait outside the barber’s for his master, and carry his parcels home for him.

Gromit

This animated Beagle went on a mission to the moon in Wallace and Gromit.

Hachiko

This legendary Akita waited for over nine years at Shibuya station in Tokyo following his owner’s death. 

Hooch

A crime-fighting Dogue de Bordeaux was Tom Hanks’ co-star in the 1989 film Turner & Hooch.

Lady

Lady the Cocker Spaniel was the female romantic lead of Disney’s Lady and the Tramp

Laika

Laika the legend was the first animal to orbit Earth. The Soviet space dog was probably a mix of Husky, Samoyed, and Terrier.

Lassie

Lassie was a Collie who won the hearts of children and adults alike in the book and film Lassie Come Home, and subsequent TV series.

Nipper

Nipper was the Jack Russell Terrier made famous by modelling with a gramophone for HMV back in 1895.

Old Yeller

Fred Gipson chose a Blackmouth Cur to pull our heartstrings in his novel, which was made into a Disney film in 1957.

Prissy 

Prissy was an elegant Afghan Hound in Disney’s 1961 film One Hundred and One Dalmations.

Rin Tin Tin

After being rescued from a World War I battlefield, Rin Tin Tin became the most famous German Shepherd star of early Hollwood movies.

Santa’s Little Helper

This wide-eyed Greyhound is the famous pet of The Simpsons.

Scoobie-Doo

Scoobie-Doo is the animated Great Dane famous for foiling dastardly criminals with the help of his funky gang.

Sirius Black (aka Padfoot, aka Snuffles)

One of the heroes of the Harry Potter books and films, Sirius shares his name with the brightest star in the night sky.

Snoopy

Possibly the most famous animated Beagle of them all!

Spike

Spike is a popular dog name. There were Spikes in Snoopy and Rugrats, and the Bulldog in Tom and Jerry was, of course, a Spike!

Spot

Where’s Spot? In the hearts and memories of anyone who read the peek-a-boo book as a child - that’s where!

Togo

Togo the heroic Husky famously helped save the town of Nome, Alaska from a diphtheria epidemic.

Toto

Toto the Cairn Terrier was joined Dorothy on her famous adventure to find The Wizard of Oz!

Wellard

This Belgian Tervuren found fame in the popular UK soap opera Eastenders.

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