For no other reason than that I like animation, here’s a gallery of cartoon dogs. Try to guess what each dog’s breed is. I’ll start with Scooby-Doo, probably the cartoon canine who resonates most with my generation (EVERYONE I know has said “Ruh-Roh!” at one time or another.) What type of dog is Scooby?
Answer: Scooby is probably the most famous Great Dane in popular media. (Marmaduke fans would probably quibble over that.)
Up next: Astro from The Jetsons. What breed is he?
Answer: Astro is likely another Great Dane. I was unable to find a conclusive answer on the Interwebs.
Fast forward to Family Guy. Here’s Brian. Next to Stewie, he’s my favorite character from the show. He is?
Answer: Brian claims to be a Golden Retriever mix, but I think he looks more like Snoopy from Peanuts, which makes him Beagle in my book! Clark thinks Brian looks like a fat West Highland Terrier.
One of my all-time favorite Saturday morning cartoons when I was a kid was Jonny Quest. Jonny had a dog named Bandit (His face markings look like a bandit’s mask. Get it?) I think it’s pretty obvious what type of dog he is.
Answer: English Bulldog.
“I’m just crackers about cheese!”
Another personal favorite is Gromit from the British Wallace and Gromit series. Any idea what he is?
Answer: Inconclusive, but most fans on the Internet speculate that he’s a mixed breed, some say he’s a Hound of some type.
Answer: The consensus is that Goofy is a Black and Tan Coonhound. (In case you wondering, there’s another cartoon Coonhound. Huckleberry Hound is a Blue Tick Coonhound.)
Answer: Disney’s official response is that he’s a mixed breed. I wonder if he’s a rescue too?
Yet another favorite from my childhood: Mr. Peabody from . (The pic below is from the recent 3D animated feature.) What breed is he?
Answer: Mr. Peabody is a Beagle.
Another one of the most famous Saturday morning cartoon dogs comes from The Wacky Races and The Perils of Penelope Pitstop. This is villain Dick Dastardly’s hench-dog, Muttley. What type of dog is Muttley?
Answer: The show’s producers Hanna and Barbera said Muttley was a mixed breed, but they did provide a lineage! He’s part Airedale, Bloodhound, Pointer, and indeterminate “hunting dog.” Muttley was famous for his wheezing snicker.
Ren of Ren and Stimpy is what type of dog?
He’s probably some type of Southern Coon Hound. Complete with Southern accent.
When criminals in this world appear
And break the laws that they should fear
And frighten all who see or hear