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Five Famous Cartoon Dogs

scooby jaredBy Laurie Darroch

Dogs have wended their way into the creative world of television and print cartoons over the decades. Their anthropomorphized personalities give them a connection with the human viewers while still maintaining their canine features. Although there are many, these chosen five have stood the test of time over cartoon history and become beloved dog icons. Their simple humor appeals to children and adults alike.


Scooby-Doo was originally created for Hanna-Barbera productions for a show called Scooby-Doo, Where Are you! in 1969. The television show, written by Ken Spears and Joe Ruby, ran on CBS from 1969 until 1976. It went to ABC from there and ran from 1976 until 1986. It even had a spinoff show that ran for three years called A Pup Named Scooby-Doo. The big, clumsy, lovable cartoon dog managed to stick around through various shows and made his way into movie form in Scooby-Doo in 2002 and Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed in 2004.

Cartoons take a while to become the characters we grow to know and love. Starting with a concept, they go through changes until the show goes live for the first time. After an uproar from parent watch groups concerned with the violence of Saturday morning cartoons, the challenge was put out to create cartoons that were child friendly. One of the creations was Scooby-Doo, who was originally going to be a sheepdog named Too Much. The teenaged human characters were based on characters in the television comedy show, The Many Lives of Dobie Gillis. Scooby-Doo’s name was inspired by a line in the Frank Sinatra song, Strangers in the Night.

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Famous Cartoon Dogs

By Suzanne Alicie

For decades the cartoon world has been filled with notable pets. From Tweety and Sylvester to Tom and Jerry, there have been all sorts of animated pets. Julia Williams has written an article about Famous Fictional Felines, so on the other side of that coin my favorite animated animal characters are usually of the canine persuasion. Let’s have a look at some of the famous cartoon dogs that we all know and love!

Scooby Doo and Scrappy
Okay, talking dogs are always fun. Scooby Doo is a lovable, mystery solving scaredy-cat Great Dane who was introduced in 1970. He is also one of the most popular cartoon dogs ever, with his famous phrase “Ruh-roh Shaggy” being well known by kids of all ages. His nephew Scrappy is a much braver and tougher cartoon dog that’s also a favorite of many cartoon viewers. You can find Scooby begging for some Scooby Snacks on Cartoon Network and Boomerang, as well as on the big screen.


“No need to fear, Underdog is here!” Quiet, unassuming Shoeshine Boy has an alter ego; he is known as Underdog and since 1964 he’s been saving Sweet Polly Purebred from the villains. I look at Underdog as the canine version of Superman, and when I was younger I could sing along with the theme song as if I’d written it myself!

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