Spike (dog)

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Spike
Brian Keith The Westerner 1960.JPG
Spike with Brian Keith
Species Canis lupus familiaris
Breed Mastador
(Labrador Retriever/Mastiff)
Sex Male
Occupation Dog actor
Notable role Old Yeller in Old Yeller
Patrasche in A Dog of Flanders
King in The She Creature
Pete in The Silent Call
Owner Frank Weatherwax

Spike is a lop-eared yellow Mastador (Labrador Retriever/Mastiff mix) and a dog actor best known for his performance as Old Yeller in the 1957 Disney film of the same name co-starring Tommy Kirk, Dorothy McGuire, Fess Parker, and Kevin Corcoran. Spike was rescued as a pup from a shelter in Van Nuys, California and became the pet and pupil of animal trainer Frank Weatherwax.

Spike also appeared as Patrasche in 20th Century Fox's A Dog of Flanders with Donald Crisp and David Ladd in 1959 and as King in the 1956 film, The She-Creature. In 1961, Spike was the star of "The Silent Call" playing as Pete with Roger Mobley, David McLean and Gail Russell; the entire movie focused on his efforts to reunite with his human family who had been forced to leave him behind while traveling from Nevada to California.

Various television episodes of the period in which Spike appeared included The Mickey Mouse Club and The Westerner with Brian Keith.[1][2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Old Yeller Accessed January 24, 2009.
  2. ^ American Profile. Accessed January 24, 2009.