Dog Names from Movies: For Your Little Leading Man or Lady

Dog Names from Movies, by Janice Jones,
Updated 12-12-2023

A perfect name for your little canine celebrity

Everyone thinks their dog is good enough to be in pictures. So how is that some dogs become stars that the world can admire (or hate) and others remain stars only to their admiring humans?  

Like most would-be actors, they happen to be in the right place at the right time.  More important, they are trainable by special dog trainers.  

Some are from prestigious kennels, but even more are rescue dogs found at shelters and human societies.  So if you want your dog to be in pictures, consider a training program.

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But, all dogs need a name before they can begin a training program, so feel free to skip the training and go straight to Dog Names from Movies

Dog Names from Movies

Parental Discretion Advised

These movies all feature dogs, either as main characters or in supporting roles, but not all are suitable for children.  Parents, always check out movies before allowing your children to view.

PugCan You Think of a Movie Where a Pug was Featured?

Dog Names from Movies A to Z

Agent Eleven:  an FBI drug sniffing dog who escapes protective custody in the 2001 film "See Spot Run"

Asta:  The pet wire fox terrier in the 1934 movie, "Thin Man," staring Myrna Loy and William Power

Balto:  A wolf-hybrid that starred in the 1995 movie by the same name.

Beethoven:  An adopted puppy that grows into a large St. Bernard.  In the 1992 film by the same name.

Benji:  A stray dog played by Higgins saves 2 children from being kidnapped in the 1974 film by the same name.

Bingo:  A runaway circus dog in the 1991 movie by the same name.

Bolt:  a white shepherd in the computer animated 2008 movie by the same name

Bombón: in the Argentine-Spanish 2004 movie, "El Perro and Bombón: The Dog."

Bruiser:  The chihuahua in the 2001 comedy movie, "Legally Blond."

Buck:  Part St. Bernard, part Scotch Shepherd, the lead dog in "Call of the Wild."

Buddy:  The basketball loving canine star of the 1997 family comedy movie, "Air Bud."

Butkus:  Sylvester Stallone's bulldog in the 1976 movie, "Rocky."

Chance: The American Bulldog in the 1993 movie, "Homeward Bound," a remake of the 1963 movie, "Incredible Journey."

Chestnut: a lovable Great Dane in the 2004 children's movie, "Chestnut Hero of Central Park."

Steve Matich from Broomfield, U.S. suggests:

The name of Brad Pitt's dog in "Once Upon a Time In Hollywood" 

Brandy (aka "Sayuri")  a great name even for a small dog.

Chiffon:  The Old English Sheepdog, in the 1959 black and white movie, "The Shaggy Dog."

Clifford, the Big Red Dog, first in a children's book, then on television

Cujo:  A rabid St. Bernard traps a woman and her son at a deserted farm in the 1983 thriller.

Digby:  The Old English Sheepdog in a 2007-2009 fantasy comedy-drama TV series, "Pushing Daisies."

Dreyfuss: The lovable St. Bernard on the TV series, "Empty Nest."

Einstein:  (Also known as Einie) was Doc Brown’s dog, in the "Back to the Future" movies.  It is uncertain what type of breed it was—some say mixed breed, others say a type of sheepdog, Briard, or Berger Picard.

Frank the Pug: The fast talking Pug-like alien in the 1997 science fiction comedy, "Men in Black."

Grunt:  Jennifer Beals loyal pitbull in the 1983 movie, "Flashdance"

Hercules:  An English Mastiff in the movie, "Hercules Saves Christmas," a 2012 children’s movie.

Hooch:  A junkyard dog (French Mastiff) who witnessed a murder in the 1989 movie, "Turner and Hooch."

Jerry Lee:  A German Shepherd Dog trained as a police dog in the 1989 comedy,  K-9

Kiki: German Shepherd in the 1989 marshal arts film, "Kickboxer."

Lassie:  No need to introduce Lassie, other than to say that he/she was a rough-coated collie.

Marley:  A yellow Labrador Retriever, from the 2008 movie, "Marley and Me."

Mike:  Border Collie in the 1986 American Comedy, "Down and Out in Beverly Hills."

Milo:  From the Movie, "The Mask"

Moses:  The Chihuahua in the 2004 American comedy, "Meet The Fockers."

Oddball:   The Maremma sheepdog. in the 2016 movie with the same name.

Old Yeller:  The sad 1957 Disney movie about Old Yeller who becomes infected with rabies and has to be shot by his owner.  He was played by a Black Mouth Cur dog.

Otis:  The Pug from the movie, "The Adventures of Milo and Otis."

Nikki:  A Malamute in the 1961 movie, "Nikki, Wild Dog of the North."

Red:  in the movie by the same name

Reno: the Briard from “Top Dog."

Sadie:  The Border collie in the movie, "The Conjuring."

Scud:  A Bull terrier in "Toy Story."

Shadow:  The Golden Retriever in the movie, "Homeward Bound."

Shiloh: the Beagle in the 1996 children’s movie by the same name

Skip:  a Jack Russell Terrier in the 2000 movie,  "My Dog Skip"

Slink:  The Dachshund in "Toy Story"

Sounder:  A dog owned by a sharecropper in post depression Louisiana.  In the 1972 movie by the same name.

Spitz: Husky is the original lead dog of Buck's dogsled team in "Call of the Wild."

Spot:  A Bull mastiff in the movie,  "See Spot Run."

Thor:  The German Shepherd Dog in the movie, "Bad Moon."

Toto:  A Cairn Terrier in the movie, "The Wizard of Oz."

Uggie:  From the movie, "The Artist."

Underdog:  The Beagle in the movie by the same name.

Verdell:  A Brussels Griffon in the movie, "As Good as it Gets."

Winn-Dixie:  in the movie, "Because of Winn Dixie."

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More Dog Names from Movies for you to Consider:

The 2006 American Adventure Drama, "Eight Below featured eight hard working dogs:

Buck and Shadow:  Alaskan Malamutes
Max, Maya, Truman, Dewey, Shorty, and Old Jack:  Siberian Huskies

In the 2002 American comedy:  "Snow Dogs" there were eight canine stars:

Demon, Nana,  Diesel, Scooper, Yodel, Sniff, Mac, Dutches

In the movie "Hotel for Dogs," there were too many dogs to mention.  Here are just a few names that I was able to recall:

Georgia, The Boston Terrier
Lenny,  The English Mastiff
Shep, The Border Collie
Romeo, The Chinese Crested
Cooper, The English Bulldog
Henry, The Beauceron
Juliet, The Poodle

In the 2000 comedy, "Best in Show,"  the dogs' names were:

Ch. Arokat's Echobar Take Me Dancing - Beatrice the Weimaraner

Ch. Urchin's Bryllo - Winky the Norwich Terrier

Ch. Quiet Creek's Stand By Me - Hubert the Bloodhound

Ch. Rapture's Classic - Miss Agnes the Shih Tzu

Ch. Symarun's Red Hot Kisses - Tyrone the Shih Tzu

Ch. Exxel Dezi Duz It With Pizaz - Rhapsody in White the Standard Poodle

From the 2008 movie, "Beverly Hills Chihuahua," we get the dog names:

Chloe, the Chihuahua

El Diablo, the Doberman Pinscher

Delgado, the German Shepherd

Papi, Chihuahua

Monte, Chihuahu

Chucho, the Great Dane

Sebastian, the Pug

Rafa, the Bull Terrier

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About Janice (author and voice behind this site)

Having lived with dogs and cats most of her life, Janice served as a veterinary technician for ten years in Maryland and twelve years as a Shih Tzu dog breeder in Ohio.

Her education includes undergraduate degrees in Psychology with a minor in biology, Early Childhood Education, and Nursing, and a master's in Mental Health Counseling.

She is a lifelong learner, a dog lover, and passionate about the welfare of animals. Her favorite breed for over 50 years has been the Shih Tzu, but she has also lived with Poodles, Maltese, Yorkshire Terriers, Beagles, English Bulldogs, Carin Terriers, and a Cocker Spaniel.

When not writing, reading, and researching dog-related topics, she likes to spend time with her eight Shih Tzu dogs, husband, and family, as well as knitting and crocheting. She is also the voice behind Miracle Shih Tzu and Smart-Knit-Crocheting

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