A Massive Collection Of Famous Dogs, Hero Dogs & Celebrity Dog Owners

Can you name at least 5 famous dogs from TV or movies?

The 4 dogs I could name the fastest were:

  • Eddie from Frasier
  • Lassie
  • Benji
  • Hachi

Remember Hachi?

Stuffed Hachi dog.

Hachiko was the most loyal dog in the world. He would meet his owner at the train station every day after his commute home. Even after the man died while at work (and thus never returned home via the train), Hachi returned every day at the same time to await his owner’s return. He was later stuffed. Each year on March 8th, Hachi the hero dog is honored at Tokyo’s Shibuya railroad station.

Barry the St. Bernard is another legendary hero dog who was stuffed:

Hero dog Barry, the St. Bernard

See what other dogs are considered famous dog from cartoons, movies, TV, comics, and Disney.


U.S. Presidents’ Dogs

Okay, how many of U.S. presidents’ dogs can you remember?

Newest to the list is President Obama’s dog, Bo, a Portuguese water dog:

There’s even a Presidential Pet Museum!


Heroic Dogs

When it comes to hero dogs, there is absolutely no end to the number of heroic dogs on this planet.

Officer Jack Barba and K9 Zoe at the National Fire Dog Monument in Washington DC

Every day, you hear another great story about a dog who saved someone’s life or made a difference in the world one way or another.

The heroic rescue dogs of the World Trade Center are featured here.


Military Dogs

Along those same lines, military mascot dogs will go down in history as having served their country with honor, loyalty, and respect.

Particularly noteworthy are these animal mascots of the Civil War and these war dogs of the United States Military.

Here’s a little about the canine mascot for the U.S. Marines

Hummer US Marines mascot dog

This English Bulldog is in full military uniform as the official mascot for the U.S. Marines (at the Parris Island Marine depot in South Carolina). Yes, he is officially “on duty” in the U.S. Marines.

I took the following pictures at my nephew’s graduation from Boot Camp.

The dog’s name is Hummer. He’s a 7-month old English Bulldog who took the place of Lance Corporal Mac, a 7-year-old English Bulldog who served active duty from 2002 to 2006.

Hummer accompanies all Marine recruits at Parris Island through training as part of his own transition into becoming a full-fledged Marine.

Renowned for their tough, muscular and aggressive appearance, the English bulldogs have long suited the Corps’ need for a symbol and a faithful mascot. Prone to weight problems, often reluctant to obey orders and always last to fall into formation for physical training, the dogs have also always found favor with struggling junior Marines, who are relived that the Sergeant Major has someone besides them to bark at!

It was determined that English bulldogs have long suited the Marine Corps' need for a symbol and a faithful mascot.This is Hummer -  he's a 7-month old English Bulldog - U.S. Marine Corps mascotHummer is the U.S. Marines mascot - aka Devil DogMarine Corps English Bulldog mascot named Hummer.

You can see more of the pictures I took from the day he went through Marine Boot Camp graduation ceremonies at Parris Island here.

English Bulldogs epitomize the fighting spirit of the U.S. Marines. Tough, muscular, aggressive, fearless, and often arrogant, they are the ultimate canine warriors. English Bulldogs… Teufel-hunden… Devil Dogs. They symbolize the ethos of the Warrior Culture of the U.S. Marines.Source


And speaking of dog mascots, here’s a list of college dog mascots.


Celebrity Dogs

When it comes right down to it, some dogs aren’t nearly as famous as their owners are.

Check out the Celebrity Dog Blog which has photographs of hundreds of celebs and their dogs.

Want more? Here’s a growing list of dogs that are famous for one reason or another.  Included are:

  • Actor dogs from TV, film & commercials
  • Athlete dogs
  • Faithful dogs
  • Guide and service dogs
  • Real dogs in literature
  • Dog mascots
  • Dogs in photography
  • Rescue dogs
  • Dogs in science
  • Space dogs
  • Dogs of unusual size
  • War dogs

Check out this A to Z list of famous dogs of all time from all mediums.