Some of the best movies ever have had dog characters. For example, The Wizard of Oz had Toto, one of the most beloved and recognizable dogs globally. Even TV shows and commercials have had their fair share of memorable pups. Lassie and the Taco Bell chihuahua are almost sure to ring a bell when it comes to dogs on the television. Indeed, here are the five most well-known famous dogs! You'll undoubtedly remember many of these pups from earlier in your life!
One of the Most Well-Known Famous Dogs: Toto, The Wizard of Oz
We can all probably recall the scene where Dorothy laments to her canine partner that "I've got a feeling we're not in Kansas anymore." It's one of the most iconic lines and visuals in Hollywood history.
What most people don't know, though, is the story behind this pup. First, Toto was a Cairn Terrier, a breed that is reasonably popular in the United States. The dog's real name was Terry, and their owners abandoned her as a puppy. Her fortunes reversed, however, as Carl Spitz, a famous Hollywood dog trainer, adopted her. She had multiple roles before her iconic role in The Wizard of Oz and was, arguably, the "go-to" dog for any silver screen role.
Of all the dog TV shows, this one is probably the most iconic. During its run from 1954 to 1973 (19 seasons!), there weren't many households that didn't watch or know about Lassie, the Rough Collie. This cheerful show always had a happy ending, with Lassie saving the day. It was genuinely good-natured fun for the whole family!
There are two interesting facts about this TV show. First, even though Lassie is female in the TV show, the dogs themselves have always been male. Secondly, Lassie made twice what his human costar (Elizabeth Taylor) made! Of all the dog characters, this one was perhaps one of the most lucrative!
Unless you're in the field of psychology, you may not have heard of Jofi. But, you have undoubtedly heard of his owner, Sigmund Freud. As one of the most influential psychologists of our time, most people are familiar with some of his work. However, what people may not know is that Freud had a particular affection for dogs, whom he claimed could read humans. In particular, Freud had a fondness for the Chow-Chow breed.
Jofi (a Chow-Chow) was at Freud's side when he was a psychologist. He figured a relaxed Jofi meant his patients were relaxed. By contrast, an aloof Jofi told Freud that his patient was nervous. He used his dog to gauge his patient's feelings (of course, nobody knows whether or not Jofi was correct or not!).
While Jofi might not be a household name or one of the most well-known famous dogs, his owner most certainly is - and without the many Chow-Chows by his side, who knows where the field of psychoanalysis would be today?
Another One of the Famous Dogs: Trakr
If you were old enough in 2001 to know what was going on during the September 11 attacks, you undoubtedly also remember the chills and fears that you had seeing those towers fall. You probably also remember the heroic efforts of the men and women in uniform who risked their lives to locate and help survivors.
One such person was James Symington and his dog named Trakr, a German Shepherd. Coming down from Halifax, Canada, to help in any way they could, Trakr located the last remaining survivor, Genelle Guzman, an assistant who was in the rubble for 26 hours!
That heroic action by this fantastic German Shepherd made both Symington and Trakr a household name. They moved to California, and a few years later, a company successfully cloned Trakr. Trakr passed away in 2009, but his legacy lives on in these five puppy clones.
Who can forget the iconic Air Bud movie? Air Bud is, indeed, one of the most famous dogs in movies. This classic movie profiles a dog that can shoot hoops through a genuinely heartwarming story that has enchanted the many generations that have watched this movie.
A dog by the name of Buddy portrayed this lovable character. And, like so many other dogs on this list, this Golden Retriever dog had a remarkable story. Kevin DiCicco found Buddy as a stray in the Sierra Nevada in 1989. He adopted this dog and brought him home to San Diego, where he trained the dog in various sports.
Eventually, this dog's remarkable talent found fame. Buddy appeared on Letterman, America's Funniest Home Videos, and, finally, Air Bud. He passed away at the age of nine in 1997 due to complications of cancer. By that time, though, he was a star, something that most dogs can't say!
As These Famous Dogs Show, These Animals Are Truly Man's Best Friend!
As the old saying goes, a dog is a man's best friend, and that statement is genuinely true. Whether they save our lives, as was the case of Trakr, or they propel our greatest minds to new heights, like Jofi, dogs have accompanied humans through our highest and lowest points.
And some dogs, like Air Bud, Toto, and Lassie, provide us with entertainment and reassurance. Indeed, the impact that dogs have on our lives is not possible to overstate. They have been with us through everything!