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Hachikō, an Akita famed for his exceptional loyalty

This is a list of individual famous actual dogs; for famous dogs from fiction, see List of fictional dogs.



  • Axelrod, Basset Hound, appeared in commercials and print ads for Flying "A" Service Station advertisements in the 1960s.[1]
  • Banjo, portrayed Alex, an Irish Setter/Golden Retriever mix and star of Stroh's beer advertising in the 1980s. Also mentioned in the Tone Lōc song, "Funky Cold Medina".
  • Cheeka, a Pug who appeared in the popular "You & I" advertising campaign of Hutch's cellular service in India, along with the child actor Jayaram.
  • Gidget, a female Chihuahua, was featured in a Taco Bell advertising campaign as the "Taco Bell Chihuahua". She also played the role of Bruiser's mother in Legally Blonde 2.[2]
  • Honey Tree Evil Eye, a female Bull Terrier, was known as Spuds MacKenzie in her role as the Budweiser spokes-dog.[3]
  • Nipper, the dog with the gramophone in the HMV logo
  • Paddington, a Golden Retriever "professional stand-in, and stunt double" portrays the real Duke Bush (Duffy "Duke" of Castlebury) at promotional events and in commercials for Bush's Best Baked Beans.[4] Duke stars in the commercials, where the dog's owner, Jay Bush (president of the company) pleads for the dog to maintain the secret family recipe. The punchline occurs when the dog states: "Roll that beautiful bean footage."[5]
  • Tinkerbelle, a Papillon/Maltese mix and canine model featured in advertisements for various companies.[6]




Faithful dogs[edit]

Faithful after master's death[edit]

  • Canelo in Cádiz, Spain, used to walk with his owner to the hospital where he was receiving dialysis treatment. In 1990 his owner died at the hospital. Canelo died outside the hospital after waiting for 12 years. The town of Cádiz put his name to a street and a plaque in his honor.[28][29]
  • Capitán, a German Shepherd, ran away from his home in central Argentina, after the death of his owner Miguel Guzmán in 2006. About a week later, Guzmán's family found Capitán standing guard at Guzmán's grave after finding the cemetery on his own. When brought home, Capitán again ran away back to the grave of his former owner. He stood vigil over his owner's grave and received provisions from the cemetery staff so he did not need to leave.[30][31][32] Capitán died in 2018.[33]
  • In the mid-1990s in Togliatti, Russia – a family died in a car crash during the summer of 1995, leaving their dog as the only survivor. The German Shepherd, named Constantine aka Kostya or Faithful Kostya by the locals, kept coming to the same spot for the next 7 years braving freezing winters and hot summers. Loyalty – a bronze statue honouring the dog's loyalty was placed on that spot in 2003 by the city authorities.[34][35]
  • Dżok("Jock"), the dog.[36][37] Throughout the entire year (1990–1991) Dżok was seen waiting in vain at the Rondo Grunwaldzkie roundabout in Kraków, Poland, to be fetched back by his master, who had died there.
  • Fido, a mixed-breed dog, whose master, Carlo Soriani, had died in an air raid over Borgo San Lorenzo (near Florence, in Italy) in 1943, during World War II. Fido waited in vain, for the following 14 years, for Soriani's return, going daily to the bus stop in Luco del Mugello (a frazione of Borgo) where the man used to get off after coming home from work.[38]
  • Greyfriars Bobby, a Skye Terrier in Edinburgh, Scotland, was loyal to his master long after his master's death in 1858. Until Bobby's death 14 years later, he reportedly spent every night at his master's grave.[39] A statue in memorial of Greyfriars Bobby was erected near the graveyard. Several films have been made dramatising the life of Greyfriars Bobby, and in folklore he is popularly remembered throughout Scotland as a symbol of loyalty.
  • Hachikō, an Akita who became a symbol of loyalty in Japan, is now honored by a statue in Tokyo. Hachikō is famous for his loyalty to his long dead master Hidesaburō Ueno, by returning to the train station and waiting for his return, every day for the next nine years during the time the train was scheduled to arrive.[40]
  • Hawkeye, a Labrador retriever, stayed by the coffin of his owner, Jon Tumilson, a Navy SEAL who was killed in Afghanistan on 6 August 2011 when the CH-47 Chinook he was riding on was shot down by a rocket-propelled grenade.[41]
  • Heidi, a Jack Russell Terrier, made her way down a 500-foot (150 m) drop in Scotland to get to the body of her owner (after he fell to his death while hiking) and stood guard over his body for 2 days in 2001.[39]
  • Heihei (黑黑; Chinese for 'Black Black'), a black dog, gave evidence to police to identify the killer of his old mistress. He was later buried with her.[42]
  • Leão, a mix breed who stayed by the side of her owner who died in January 2011 during Brazil's flood. Her owner was Cristina Cesário Maria Santana. Her body and the bodies of three of her family members were retrieved by the rescuers after seeing the dog digging in some mud.[43]
  • Ruswarp, a Border Collie who disappeared while hiking with his master Graham Nuttall in the Welsh Mountains near Llandrindod Wells on 20 January 1990. On 7 April, a hiker discovered Nuttall's body near a mountain stream, where Ruswarp had been standing guard for 11 weeks. The 14 year-old dog was so weak he had to be carried off the mountain, and died shortly after Nuttall's funeral.[44] There is a statue of Ruswarp on a platform of Garsdale railway station.
  • Seaman, the Newfoundland belonging to explorer Meriweather Lewis, would not eat or leave his owner's grave, and died of grief.[45]
  • Shep, belonging to a sheepherder who died in Fort Benton, Montana, in August 1936 followed his master's casket to the train station and fashioned a den under the depot platform after the body was shipped back east. For the next five and a half years, Shep met every passenger train arriving there—four a day—sniffing at the passengers and baggage car doors. His vigil became widely publicized including a feature in "Ripley's Believe It or Not." Passengers took the Havre to Great Falls rail line just to see the dog, and he received so much fan mail that the Great Northern Railroad assigned a secretary to help with responses. On Jan. 12, 1942, Shep was struck and killed by an arriving train. AP and UPI issued his obituary nationwide; thousands sent condolences and hundreds attended his funeral. The Great Northern erected an obelisk at his gravesite on a bluff overlooking the depot and town. In 1994, the citizens of Fort Benton further memorialized the dog with a heroic bronze erected on the town's steamboat levee.[46]
  • Spot, In November 2010, five months after his owner, Wayne Giroux of Lone Oak, Texas, was killed by a drunk driver, a local television station reported that Giroux's Great Dane-mix, Spot, was still traveling daily to wait for Giroux at a spot on a country lane where Giroux used to meet him.[47] The story was quickly picked up and disseminated by international media outlets such as CNN.[48]
  • Squeak, a Jack Russell Terrier who would not leave the body of his owner, Zimbabwean farmer Terry Ford,[49] after Ford was murdered in 2002 by a violent mob carrying out Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe's land seizure programs.[50] The photo of little Squeak guarding Ford's bloody body raised worldwide awareness of land-related violence in Zimbabwe.[51]
  • Talero is a German shepherd who loyally stayed next to his owner, Bernardo Leónidas Quirós, for 23 days, after Quirós died in a snow storm in Argentina. According to El Patagonico, Talero appears to have prevented wild animals from attacking the body of his owner and survived by hunting small animals. The loyal companion also seems to have slept by his owner's side, attempting to keep him warm and shelter him from the winds. When police approached the body, Talero growled and barked at them, continuing to protect his owner.[52][53]
  • Theo, an English Springer Spaniel belonging to Lance Corporal Liam Tasker of the British Army. Theo was used to sniff out roadside bombs in Afghanistan. In 2010, Theo and Tasker were in a firefight with insurgents, killing Tasker. Theo died later at a British army base from a fatal seizure, although many believe he died from a broken heart. Tasker's body and Theo's ashes were returned to England, where Tasker's family was presented with Theo's ashes in a private ceremony. In October 2012, Theo was posthumously honored with the Dickin Medal, Britain's highest award for bravery by animals.[54]
  • Tommy, a 7-year-old German Shepherd, continued to visit the church where his owner's funeral had been held. The owner, Maria Margherita Lochi, used to come with Tommy, to the Santa Maria Assunta church in San Donaci, Italy. After she died, the dog was present at her funeral service and followed after Maria's coffin. The father of the church, Donato Panna, said, "he waits patiently by the side of the altar and just sits there quietly. I didn't have the heart to throw him out—I've just recently lost my own dog, so I leave him there until Mass finishes and then I let him out."[55] Tommy died 20 January 2014 after an illness.[56]
  • Waghya, meaning “tiger” in Marathi, was the pet dog of Maratha king Chhatrapati Shivaji. After Shivaji's death, the dog mourned and jumped into his master's funeral pyre and immolated himself. A statue was put up on a pedestal next to Shivaji's tomb at Raigad Fort.
    Statue of Waghya, symbol of pure loyalty and devotion in India
  • Wiley, a wolf-dog, was videotaped making sob-like noises at his owner's grandmother's grave.[58][59]
  • An unnamed dog drowned himself after his master, aged 77, died after 18 years with him.[60]
  • Kuvi, an Indian mixed breed female dog, helped police find the remains of her human friend, 2 year-old Dhanushka, after a landslide occurred on August 6 2020, in Pettimudi, a hamlet located in the state of Kerala, India. Kuvi was later taken in by the Kerala police and given proper care by the local dog squad.

Homing dogs[edit]

  • Baekgu, the Korean Jindo Dog, after being sold by the original owner due to economic hardship to a new owner 300 km away, came back to the original owner after 7 months.
  • Bobbie, the Wonder Dog, after accidental abandonment on a cross-country trip, Bobbie made his way back over 2,551 miles (4,105 km) to his family's home.

Other faithful dogs[edit]

Gelert by Charles Burton Barber (1845–1894)
  • Bob the Railway Dog, a loyal traveller and drivers' companion on the South Australian Railways in the late 19th century.
  • Gelert, a legendary dog associated with the village of Beddgelert, Wales. According to the legend, King Llywelyn returned from hunting angry that his wolfhound, Gelert, had gone missing, only to be greeted joyously by the dog at the front door. The King noticed that Gelert had blood around his mouth but went straight to his infant son's room and found his baby missing, the cradle overturned, and more blood. Imagining that Gelert had killed his baby, Llywelyn drew his sword and killed the dog, whose dying yelp was answered by a baby's cry. Llywelyn lifted the cradle and found his heir under the cradle, along with a dead wolf that had tried to lift and run off with the infant, but had been stopped and killed by Gelert. Overcome with remorse, Llywelyn buried the dog with great ceremony, but never smiled again, plagued by the memory of the Gelert's dying cries. Although experts doubt the legend and the authenticity of Gelert's Grave, Beddgelert people honor and maintain it to this day, and popular Welsh belief in the legend still serves as a warning in that culture against acting rashly in anger when things are not as they seem.[61]
  • Kelsey, a dog, is being hailed a hero after he rescued his owner who became paralyzed when he slipped and fell in the snow. Kelsey stayed by his side licking his face to keep him warm for nearly 20 hours.[62]
  • Mari: A Tale of Mari and Three Puppies is based on a true story in the 2004 Chūetsu earthquake. Mari gave birth to three puppies. That spring, animals behaved strangely, foreshadowing something major to come. On 23 October 2004, a major earthquake, which later became known as the Chūetsu earthquake struck and devastated the whole village. At that time, only grandfather and Aya were at home, and they were pinned down by a wardrobe that collapsed onto them. Mari quickly moved her puppies to a safe place and successfully rescued grandfather and Aya from that disaster.
  • Old Drum, a hunting dog whose death at the hands of a neighbor was the subject of a lawsuit and George Graham Vest's famous summation to the jury, known as "Eulogy of the Dog",[63] which asserts that a man's unique relationship with his dog should influence how the law is interpreted and implemented in such cases. The case has been influential in courts ever since.[64]
  • Pompey, a Pug that foiled an assassination attempt on the life of William The Silent, Prince of Orange.
  • Red Dog (Pilbara), a Kelpie who wandered around the outback Western Australia looking for its owner.
  • Saint Guinefort, a legendary French dog, is venerated with a tradition almost identical to that of Gelert, above.
  • Taro and Jiro, two Sakhalin huskies that survived a year of abandonment on the frozen continent of Antarctica until members of a Japanese Expedition team rescued them.
  • Zander, a 70-pound (32 kg), approximately 7-year-old Samoyed-husky mix who escaped his home and traveled more than two “hard miles” (fording a stream, crossing a busy highway, and navigating complex neighborhoods) to arrive at a hospital in an area where he had never been, where he was stopped by a hospital employee who called the cell phone number on his dog tag and reached Zander's master in a room inside the hospital where he had been lying for several days recuperating from an illness.[65]

Working dogs[edit]

War dogs[edit]

Rescue dogs[edit]

Guide, service, and facility dogs[edit]

Dogs that aided exploration[edit]

Police dogs[edit]

  • Agata, a decorated Colombian Labrador detection dog that was so effective in detecting drugs that a bounty of $10,000 was offered.
  • Diesel, a Belgian Malinois RAID assault dog deployed by the French police, was killed in a shootout with suspected terrorists in the Saint-Denis area of Paris, while searching for suspects involved in the November 2015 Paris attacks.[107]
  • Finn, a German Shepherd of the Hertfordshire Constabulary in England. In 2016, Finn and his handler were both stabbed; the case started a campaign to improve legal protection for public service animals, resulting in a 2019 act of parliament known as "Finn's Law".[108]
  • Kántor, a German Shepherd of the Hungarian police, the most successful police dog ever in service from 1954 to 1963. He died after stepping on a landmine on the Austrian border, which was heavily fortified at the time. His body is preserved at the Rendőrmúzeum, the Hungarian national police service's museum in Budapest.[109]
  • Rajah, a German Shepherd, was the first police dog to serve in New Zealand.[110]
  • Sombra, a German Shepherd detection dog, of the National Police of Colombia is credited for over 200 arrests and the seizure of over 9 tons of illegal drugs. The Clan del Golfo paramilitary group placed a bounty on her life.[111]
  • Zanjeer was a Labrador Retriever who served as a detection dog with the Mumbai Police in Maharashtra state of India. Due to his impeccable service detecting many explosives and other weapons—in particular during the 1993 Mumbai bombings—he was honoured with a full state funeral.
  • Zuyaqui, a German Shepherd who served the Mexican Federal Police, his body is preserved at the Museo del Enervante drug-trafficking museum.

Other working dogs[edit]

Don the Talking Dog, image published in The Evening World, 10 July 1912

Other heroic dogs[edit]

Not all dogs that are famous for saving lives are working dogs. Famous lifesaving dogs with no special training or job include the following:

Saved abandoned babies[edit]

  • Jade, a German Shepherd from Birmingham, England, who saved an abandoned baby. He was walking in a park with his owner when he ran off and laid down, not moving until his master approached, next to an abandoned baby in a bag in the woods. Jade's owner called an ambulance, which took the baby to the hospital, and the baby was saved.[114]
  • La China, a free-ranging dog who heard the cries of a newborn infant that had been exposed by her mother in a field near a shanty town outside of Buenos Aires, Argentina. La China found the baby and, without leaving any bite marks on her, brought her back to the relative shelter and warmth of a corner where she was keeping and nursing her litter of puppies. In so doing, La China had brought the baby close enough to people to be heard and saved.[115]
  • Mkombozi, a stray dog from the outskirts of Nairobi, Kenya, saved the life of an abandoned baby. On 9 May 2005, Mkombozi while scavenging for food along a road, found an abandoned baby in a package. She dragged it across a road, pulled it through a fence, into a village, to a shed where she was nursing newborn puppies. In doing so, she had brought the baby close enough for its cries to be heard by a woman and her children, who saved the baby. The baby was given the name "Angel" and adopted. The dog was named "Mkombozi", which is Swahili for "savior", and taken in by the local SPCA.[116]


  • Buddy, the German Shepherd was hailed as a hero in 2010 for guiding Alaska State Troopers through winding back roads to a fire at his owners' workshop when their GPS had stopped working.[117]
  • Duke, a mixed breed rescue dog in Portland, Connecticut that had been with his family for 6 years saved the life of 9-week old Harper Brousseau. On the night of 7 October 2012, Duke jumped into the Brousseau's bed and began shaking uncontrollably. This caused the Brousseaus to wake up and get out of bed. Upon checking on their daughter, they found she had stopped breathing. They then called 911 and the paramedics were able to revive Harper.[118]
  • George, a Jack Russell Terrier who shielded a group of children in Manaia, New Zealand, from a pair of attacking pit bulls. He was killed by the pit bulls.[119]
  • Kabang, a shepherd mix Aspin from Zamboanga City, Philippines who became famous when she saved two children from a potentially fatal motorcycle crash. As a result of the accident, Kabang lost her upper snout.[120][121]
  • Lucy was a pitbull who shielded her owner's mother-in-law from an ex-boyfriend with a knife. The man stabbed Lucy, multiple times, and she died 19 December 2015, after going into cardiac arrest from blood loss.[122]
  • Polo, a 6-year old mixed breed in Baltimore, Maryland saved the life of 8-month old Vivian Poremski. On 15 August 2016, a candle sparked a fast moving fire in the Poremski home while the mother had stepped out to retrieve an item from her car. Polo protected Vivian from the flames by laying on top of her, dying in the process.[123]
  • Saihu (赛虎 = "like a tiger"), from Jiujiang, Jiangxi Province, southern China. On 28 November 2003, a chef was preparing dinner for almost 30 people at a driving school. The smell of the cooking meat attracted some nearby puppies to the school, along with their mother, Saihu. The chef threw some scraps of meat from the pot to the puppies, but strangely, the puppies' mother prevented them from eating. Saihu also kept barking at the chef, as well as the people who were preparing to eat. Confused but undeterred, the people prepared to eat the meal the chef had made. Saihu became panicked and ran around barking at the guests, before finally eating all the scraps the chef had thrown to the dogs. After just a few minutes, Saihu fell dead on the floor. The guests, shocked at the dog's death, stopped eating the meal. They called a policeman as well as some doctors, who discovered poison in the meat. No people or puppies died. Everyone was convinced that Saihu must have smelled the poison and had saved the people and her puppies by sacrificing herself. The people of Jiujaing were so grateful to Saihu that they set up a tomb in a human graveyard and a statue to memorialize the dog.[124]
  • Susie, part Pit Bull rescued after being set on fire in Greensboro, North Carolina; her plight led to passage of Susie's Law. The subject of a 2013 film by Uplifting Entertainment and now a certified therapy dog, Susie is regularly taken to schools, churches, and hospitals to warn of the danger of animal abuse and to promote kindness and respect.[125]
  • Velvet is a black Labrador Retriever and shepherd cattle mixed breed dog, who helped save three climbers when they became stranded on Mount Hood in Oregon on 18 February 2007.[126]
  • Wangwang (汪汪 Wāngwāng, meaning "wuff wuff"), a dog member of a Chang (張) family in Taipei who woke the family in a night fire. The family woke their neighbors and saved about 30 lives.[127]
  • Willie, Labrador retriever, who saved his friend, six-year-old John Stenglein, from a wolf attack at a logging camp nearby on 26 April 2000 in Icy Bay, Alaska. John and an older boy were playing near the edge of a logging camp when a wolf appeared and chased the boys, attacking John when he fell and dragging him towards the woods. Many came running, but only Willie arrived in time to confront the wolf, causing it to drop John before it could make off with him. The others then arrived, the wolf retreated, and John was saved; and then John's father arrived and tracked down and shot the wolf. The wolf was found to have been neither sick nor starving, but habituated to the presence of people. John received 19 laceration and puncture wounds on the back, legs, and buttocks.[128]

Real dogs in literature[edit]


Jiggs II, USMC mascot, c. 1928


  • Chalcy, a Weimaraner, is featured in hundreds of photos in books and DVDs in the "101 Dog Tricks" series by Kyra Sundance.
  • Fay Ray, a Weimaraner, was one of the photography subjects of her owner William Wegman. The name was a play on the name of Wegman's earlier dog Man Ray and the actress Fay Wray.
  • Girella, a female Portuguese Water Dog, has been photographed with numerous musicians, as displayed on her website.[139]
  • Man Ray, a Weimaraner who belonged to William Wegman, was often photographed by his photographer owner.
  • Mr. Winkle, a very small dog of uncertain breed, belongs to Lara Jo Regan, who has published many photos of Mr. Winkle in various costumes and poses.
  • Sparky, of The Sparky Project, has been photographed and painted by several artists.[140]

Dogs in science[edit]

  • Brown Dog, killed after vivisection in February 1903. A memorial statue provoked riots.
  • Ch. Fiacre's First and Foremost, low uric acid show dog.
  • Marjorie, a depancreatized dog, was the subject of experiments by Frederick Banting and his assistant, Charles Best. Marjorie was kept alive for about 70 days on pancreas extract, which was the first success in the doctors' effort to uncover a means to control diabetes. Ultimately, this led Banting and Best to isolate insulin.[141]
  • Pavlov's dogs, who were subjects of Pavlov's research on classical conditioning.
  • Snuppy, an Afghan Hound, was the first cloned dog.

Space dogs[edit]

The Soviets favored dogs for early space flights, as opposed to the Americans, who preferred monkeys and chimpanzees.

  • Belka and Strelka, two Russian mixed breeds, went into space aboard Sputnik 5 and returned. They were the first animals to survive an orbital flight.[142] Strelka later gave birth to a litter of puppies, one of which was given to Caroline Kennedy by Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev.[142]
  • Laika, a female mixed-breed dog, became the first animal to enter orbit when she was launched into space aboard Sputnik 2. Laika's presence led to the mission being dubbed "Muttnik". She was also the first to die in orbit, as no provision was made to return her to the ground.

Dogs of unusual size[edit]

Small dogs[edit]

  • Big Boss, a Yorkshire Terrier, was listed as the smallest living dog in the 2002 edition of Guinness World Records. Big Boss was listed at 12 centimetres (4.7 in) tall when he was registered with Guinness.[143]
  • Boo Boo, a female Chihuahua, is listed in the 2007 Guinness World Records as the smallest living dog in terms of height.
  • Danka Kordak Slovakia, a long-haired Chihuahua, holds the Guinness World Record as of 2007 for the shortest (in terms of height) living dog. She measured 13.7 centimetres (5.4 in) tall and 18.8 centimetres (7.4 in) long on 30 May 2004.[144][145]
  • Heaven Sent Brandy, a female Chihuahua, is listed in the 2007 Guinness World Records as the smallest living dog in terms of length. She set the record on 31 January 2005, at 15 centimetres (6 in) long, from her nose to the tip of her tail.[145][146]
  • Sylvia, a matchbox-size Yorkshire Terrier owned by Arthur Marples of Blackburn, England, was the smallest dog in recorded history. The dog died in 1945 when she was almost two years old, at which point she stood 6 centimetres (2.4 in) tall at the shoulder, measured 9 centimetres (3.5 in) from nose tip to tail, and weighed 0.11 kilograms (3.9 oz).[147]
  • Tiny Pinocchio, an abnormally small Yorkshire Terrier, has appeared on several television programs including Oprah and the Today Show.[148][149]

Heavy dogs[edit]

  • Zorba, a male English Mastiff, was recognized by Guinness World Records as the heaviest dog in the world at 155.6 kilograms (343 lb). The record was set in November 1989, when Zorba was 8 years old. Zorba also held a record for the world's longest dog at 2.5 metres (8.2 ft).[145][150][151]

Tall dogs[edit]

  • Giant George, a blue Great Dane that took over Gibson's record as the tallest living dog, measuring 109 cm (43 in) from paw to shoulder; 220 cm (7.2 ft) from head to tail.[citation needed]
  • Gibson, a Harlequin Great Dane who was the world's tallest dog until his death in August 2009. Gibson was certified by Guinness World Records as the tallest living dog at 107 centimetres (42.1 in). Standing on his hind legs, the 77 kilograms (170 lb) dog was over 2.13 metres (7 ft) tall.
  • Titan, a Great Dane who was previously recognised as the world's tallest dog
  • Zeus, a Great Dane who claimed the tallest dog record on 13 September 2012.

Intelligent dogs[edit]

Long-lived dogs[edit]

  • Bluey, an Australian Cattle Dog that is officially the world's oldest dog. She died in 1939 at 29 years and 5 months of age.
  • Bramble, a Welsh Collie lived a vegan diet to 25 years old and at the time of her death was the world's oldest dog.[157]
  • Chanel, a dachshund, was thought to be the world's oldest dog as of 31 August 2009 at 21 years old,[158][159] but another dog, named Max, was later proven to be older.[160]
  • Max, a beagle, dachshund and terrier mix, who lived 29 years and 282 days.[161]

Show dogs[edit]

Notorious dogs[edit]

Ugly dogs[edit]

Unique dogs[edit]

Foundation sires and early dogs[edit]

Other notable dogs[edit]

  • Auditor, a feral dog that lived in the mining area of Butte, Montana.[171]
  • Baltic, whose rescue on the Baltic sea received worldwide attention, became the mascot and "crew-member" of Baltica, the Polish research vessel that rescued him.[172][173][174]
  • Brown Dog affair
  • Bum, a three-footed St. Bernard and Spaniel mix stray who became the 19th century town dog of San Diego.[175][176][177]
  • Bummer and Lazarus, a pair of famous stray dogs who lived in San Francisco during the 1860s, often associated with Emperor Norton
  • Dog on the Tuckerbox
  • Dozer, a male Goldendoodle, who raised $25,000 for the University of Maryland Greenebaum Cancer Center by joining the Maryland Half Marathon and crossing the finish line on Sunday, May 15, 2011.[178]
  • Eclipse, a female Mastador (half Mastiff, half Labrador) who independently rides a bus from a bus stop near her home to a dog park in downtown Seattle and back. She has become a favorite among commuters.[179][180]
  • Joy, a Spaniel, belonging to the last Russian crown prince Alexei Romanov, with whom he often appears in photographs and from whom he was inseparable.[181] Alexei was executed at the age of 13 with the rest of his family at Ekaterinburg in 1918. Joy was the only survivor of the massacre and was discovered wandering in the grounds of the house shortly after by White Russians who briefly occupied the town too late to rescue the Romanovs. Joy was taken by one of them into exile in Britain where he died at Windsor several years later, still pining for his young master.[182][183]
  • Jonas, a mongrel dog who saved his owner life from a possible drowning in December 2017.[184]
  • Kabosu (Japanese: かぼす), a female Shiba Inu most known as the face of Doge.[185]
  • Kalu, a dog rescued and rehabilitated by the nonprofit animal rescue organization Animal Aid Unlimited after he was found at a construction site in Udaipur, India with almost his entire face destroyed by maggots. The organization makes videos of their rescues, and this went viral due to the horrible injury and his miraculous recovery. After his recovery, he lived the rest of his life happily and healthily at Animal Aid Unlimited. He died of a sudden heart attack in September 2018.
  • Kratu, a rescue dog from Romania, who's appearances at Crufts became a viral phenomenon.[186]
  • Lila, British General Howe's fox terrier that wandered off during the 1777 Battle of Germantown; the dog was recovered by American troops and was fed, cleaned and brushed before being returned to the British camp under a flag of truce,[187] with a cordial note from General Washington.[188]
  • Loukanikos, a dog who has been present at nearly every recent protest in Athens, Greece, in the last few years.
  • Malchik, a mongrel street dog who resided in the Moscow Metro, and whose stabbing death sparked a public outcry.[189]
  • Mishka, a Siberian Husky. Mishka has a YouTube channel with over 500 videos. Mishka became popular from a video of her saying "I love you." Mishka has made several appearances on TV Talk Shows.[190]
  • Natividad, an emaciated stray dog featured in a controversial display by artist Guillermo Vargas Habacuc in the Visual Arts Biennial of Central America, later the subject of widespread rumours on the Internet that he was starved to death by the artist.[191]
  • Negro Matapacos, a dog that participated at many street demonstrations in Santiago, Chile.
  • Oscar, a Pug belonging to a professor at Virginia Commonwealth University, was the center of public controversy after his owner assigned an advertising class to make the dog famous.[192]
  • Paddy the Wanderer, an Airedale Terrier who roamed the streets of Wellington, New Zealand, during the Great Depression and was known for taking trips on visiting ships.
  • Peter, an Australian "black and fawn colored kelpie sized dog" that was exhumed and taxidermied to be exhibited for a murder trial in Brisbane's Supreme Court; currently at the Queensland Police Museum.[193]
  • Pickles discovered the Jules Rimet trophy (the Football World Cup) after it had been stolen in England in 1966.[194]
  • Presley, the boxer, won the title of the Greatest American Dog in the 2008 CBS television show of the same name.
  • Red Dog, a kelpie–cattle-dog cross who travelled around the Pilbara region of Western Australia from 1975 (when his truck-driver owner died), befriending many locals, until his death in 1979, believed to have been caused by deliberate strychnine poisoning.
  • Rigel, erstwhile but perhaps mythical Newfoundland pet of first officer William Murdoch aboard the RMS Titanic. Murdoch went down with the ship but Rigel swam for three hours next to a lifeboat until it was rescued by the RMS Carpathia. Rigel is renowned as a hero alerting the Carpathia's captain of the weakened survivors before the ship hit them. Rigel was adopted by crewman Jonas Briggs.[195]
  • Robot, a dog who belonged to a boy named Simon, discovered the cave paintings at Lascaux in 1940.[196]
  • Rosie, an Australian Silky Terrier who saved her owners' lives during a house fire in Launceston, Tasmania in 2010.[197]
  • Saucisse, a candidate at the 2001 election of mayor in Marseille and also a candidate in the TV reality show Secret Story 2009
  • Sensation, the English Pointer featured on the logo of the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show.
  • Star is a mixed-breed female pit bull who was shot by the New York City Police Department in 2012 while she was protecting her homeless owner who was in the midst of a seizure. Star's shooting was captured on video, and went viral, leading to controversies over police handling of companion dogs.[198]
  • Tawny, a yellow Labrador Retriever who in 1999 gave birth to 18 puppies in her very first litter. For this she received the "Iams Mother of the Year" Award.[199]
  • Tubby, a cocker spaniel, was the only fatality of the Tacoma Narrows Bridge disaster. Tubby died when the bridge fell and his body was never recovered.[200]
  • Tuna, a Chihuahua/Dachshund cross and internet celebrity.
  • Willie, a handicapped dachshund who was killed alongside his owner Barbara Weston in 1993. The discovery of his wheelchair alongside their skeletal remains in a septic pit 3 years later was pivotal in police identifying them, and bringing their killer Stephen Swaim to justice.[201]
  • Willie Bean, a Golden Retriever, was the focus of several political satires during 2008.[202]
  • Word, a male Lhasa Apso, was sentenced to death on 4 May 1993 following two biting incidents. He was incarcerated at the Seattle Animal Control Shelter for a total of eight years and 190 days before being released on 10 November 2001, which is the Guinness World Record for the longest time on dog death row.[203]

Fame by proxy to a famous owner[edit]

Some dogs are made famous by frequently or prominently appearing in the media with their famous owner.

Actors and entertainers and dogs[edit]

Susana Giménez and Jazmín, her Yorkshire Terrier, in 1994.
  • Buster, a Shih tzu owned by British television presenter Paul O'Grady
  • Chalky, a Jack Russell Terrier belonging to English chef and presenter Rick Stein
  • Commissioner, a Dachshund whose mistress was actress Carole Lombard. Commissioner ignored Clark Gable completely. After Lombard's death in 1942, the dog would not leave Gable's side.[204][205]
  • Gary, a french bulldog, companion of the late Carrie Fisher.
  • Giggy, a Pomeranian belonging to London born Beverly Hills business women and reality star on The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills and Vanderpump Rules Lisa Vanderpump
  • Google, a Poodle whose master was actor, writer, director and producer Ben Hecht.[206][207]
  • Jazmín (Spanish pronunciation: [xas̬ˈmĩn]; c. 1989–2006), a Yorkshire Terrier owned by popular Argentine television presenter Susana Giménez. Giménez acquired Jazmín shortly after her December 1988 marriage with Huberto Roviralta and gave him a traditionally female name even though the dog was male.[208] Jazmín lived with Giménez for 17 years and accompanied her on television, in photographic productions and on her international trips, becoming a characteristic feature of the presenter's image and public appearances.[208][209] Jazmín became the most famous dog in Argentina, and the media coverage he received was unprecedented with any other dog in the country's journalistic history.[208][210] He was known for his glamorous life,[211] being regularly followed by journalists and paparazzi (whom he confronted on more than one occasion), wearing miniature fur coats and being hairstyled by stylists.[212] Before Jazmín, the Yorkshire was a little-known breed in Argentina, and to this day it is commonly identified in the country as "Susana's dog."[208][209] During Giménez and Roviralta's 1998 highly publicized divorce, the latter claimed possession of Jazmín, although the judge ruled in favor of Giménez because his pedigree was in her name.[208][210] Jazmín died on 27 February 2006 after several months in which he suffered from cough, kidney and heart failure, water in the lungs and constant agitation.[212] The news of his death appeared on the front page of several newspapers and was discussed as a central topic across Argentine television.[209]
  • Meatball, an English Bulldog owned by Adam Sandler, starred in the short A Day with the Meatball.
  • Olga owned by British television presenter Paul O'Grady
  • Spike, a Yorkshire Terrier was the former canine sidekick of television celebrity Joan Rivers.[213] The corporate logo of Rivers' PGHM (Please God Help Me) Productions featured an image of her beloved Spike in a prayerful pose with a halo over his head.[214]
  • Sui, a Staffordshire Bull Terrier owned by Steve Irwin who was featured in The Crocodile Hunter series on Animal Planet
  • Tinkerbell, dog of Paris Hilton
  • Vida, Model Gisele Bündchen's Yorkshire Terrier, has often been photographed with her famous owner.[215][216][217]
  • Zero was Humphrey Bogart's dog and appeared with him in High Sierra (1941).
  • Schnorbitz, St Bernard owned by Bernie Winters, an English comedian and the comic foil of the double act Mike and Bernie Winters with his older brother, Mike. Winters later performed solo, often with the aid of his dog. Following his death, Winters bequeathed Schnorbitz to showman Richard De Vere.


Archie's "15 minutes of fame" with Andy Warhol[218]  –Photo: Jack Mitchell, 1973


Political figures[edit]

U.S. Presidents and their families[edit]

Writers and poets[edit]

  • Boatswain, the favorite pet of Lord Byron, was the subject of the poet's Epitaph to a dog.
  • Cabal, the white German Shepherd belonging to Neil Gaiman, who frequently features in his blog.
  • Flush, Elizabeth Barrett Browning's Cocker Spaniel who was the subject of Virginia Woolf's Flush: A Biography, published in 1933.
  • Jacksie, a small dog belonging to C. S. Lewis in his childhood, died in an accident when Lewis was four years old.[230] Shortly thereafter, a young Lewis began calling himself Jacksie.[231] Lewis was known to friends and family as Jack for the rest of his life.
  • Marley, a yellow Labrador Retriever, was owned by journalist John Grogan. Marley was a neurotic dog, but proved himself to be a great and memorable pet, as stated in Grogan's book 'Marley & Me'.
  • Marlowe, Stephen King's Pembroke Welsh Corgi, inspired the character of Oy in King's fantasy series The Dark Tower.[citation needed]
  • Nero, who belonged to Thomas and Jane Carlyle. He was small, 'part Maltese terrier, part mongrel', black and white, and described by Jane as having 'long white silky hair hanging all about him – and over his eyes which are very large and black'. Arriving in 1849, he stayed with them until his death in 1860.[232]
  • Phiz, a Boston Terrier, was given to Helen Keller by some of her classmates from Radcliffe College.[233][234]
  • Pippin, whose carsickness inspired K. V. Johansen's series of picture books.
  • Trixie Koontz a retired service dog who died 30 June 2007, purported author of Life is Good: Lessons in Joyful Living and Christmas is Good, companion of Dean Koontz[105]


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