By Janice Jones |Last Updated January 20, 2020
Who could imagine that there were so many famous dog names? We found these names from a variety of sources:
There is a lot of overlap among these categories. For example, a children's book is made into a movie then altered to create a television series. When the name falls into more than one category, I only list it once.
Take a peek at the list of Famous Dog Names and don't forget to let us know if you can think of one that we forgot.
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.
Bella: the dog in the book and movie, A Dog's Way Home
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."
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."
Chiffon: The Old English Sheepdog, in the 1959 black and white movie, "The Shaggy Dog."
Cooper: The Border Collie and family dog in the Movie, Angel Dog
Cujo: A rabid St. Bernard traps a woman and her son at a deserted farm in the 1983 thriller.
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.
Fang: Hagrid's pet in the movies and books, Harry Potter (Neapolitan Mastiff)
Frank the Pug: The fast talking Pug-like alien in the 1997 science fiction comedy, "Men in Black."
Grunt: Jennifer Beal's 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: the German Shepherd in the 1989 martial 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: the 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."
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.
Spot: A bull mastiff in the movie, "See Spot Run."
Thor: The German Shepherd Dog in the movie, "Bad Moon."
Toby: Then named Bailey, then Ellie, then Bear, and finally Buddy, from the book and movie, A Dog's Purpose
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."
Bandit: the Bulldog from the TV series, Little House on the Prairie.
Baskerville the Hound: from the puppet TV series, the Muppets
Blacktoe: Captain Riker's German Shepherd dog from the Star Trek series.
Brian: the family dog from the Television series, Family Guy
Buster: the Beagle in the TV series, the Wonder Years
Cinnamon: Raj's Yorkshire Terrier in the TV series The Big Bang Theory
Claude: Mrs. Drysdale's pampered poodle in the television series, the Beverly Hillbillies.
Comet: The families' Golden Retriever in the series, Full House.
Cosmo: the Spacedog character (and telepathic Soviet dog) in the animated TV series, Guardians of the Galaxy
Digby: The Old English Sheepdog in a 2007-2009 fantasy comedy-drama TV series, "Pushing Daisies."
Doc: a mixed breed from the series, Gray's Anatomy
Eddie: Martin's dog, a Jack Russell Terrier in the TV series, Frasier
Dreyfuss: The lovable St. Bernard on the TV series, "Empty Nest."
Fang: a Braid from the 1960s TV series Get Smart
Flash: a Basset Hound from the TV series The Dukes of Hazzard
Astro: the Great Dane, in the cartoon The Jetsons.
Bitsy: the family dog in the comic strip, Marvin
Blue: the cartoon dog in the children’s show Blue’s Clues.
Bolivar: the St. Bernard in the animated movies and comic strip, Donald Duck
Daisy: the family dog in the comic strip, Blondie (also a movie)
Dawg: the family dog in the comic strip, Hi and Lois
Dogbert: the cartoon dog in the Dilbert comics
Farley: the family dog in the comic strip, For Better or Worse
Fuzz: Ziggy's dog in the comic strip, Ziggy
Goofy: cartoon dog from Walt Disney
Grimm: The talking dog owned by Mother Goose in the comic strip, Mother Goose and Grimm
Krypto: dog character in the Superman comics
Marmaduke: the Great Dane in the comic strip by the same name.
Pluto: Mickey Mouse's pet dog from Disney
Sandy: the Airedale Terrier in the Little Orphan Annie's comics
Santa’s Little Helper: the pet dog of the Simpson Family, in the animated series, The Simpsons.
Snoopy: the beagle of the Peanuts comic strip, TV and movies
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Clifford, the Big Red Dog
Spot from the Dick and Jane Series
Rigsby from Henry and Rigsby
Milo from the children's book Maggi and Milo by Juli Brenning
Flash from the book, Bad Dog Flash by Ruth Paul
Spot, from the Spot Series by Eric Hill
Ed, from Excellent Ed by Stacy McAnulty
Good Dog Carl, by by Alexandra Day
Harry the Dirty Dog by Gene Zion
Officer Buckle and Gloria by Peggy Rathmann
Old Dan and Little Ann in Where the Red Ferns Grow by Wilson Rawls
Blue from the Blue's Clues Series
Wishbone from the book, Wish by Barbara O'Connor
Walter, The Farting Dog by William Kotzwinkle
Winn-Dixie, from Because of Winn Dixie by Kate DiCamillo
Tucker, from Lucky Tucker by Leslie McGuirk
Biscuit from the series by Alyssa Satin Capucilli
Searchlight from the book Stone Fox by John Reynolds Gardiner
Shiloh (the beagle with the same name by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
Apollo: The first search and rescue dog along with his handler, Peter Davis to arrive to the South Tower of the World Trade Center
Bud Nelson: Alongside his human Horatio Nelson Jackson, Bud Nelson became the first dog to cross the United States in an automobile in 1903.
Buddy: a German Shepherd, the first seeing eye dog in 1929.
Chaser: John W. Pilley's Border Collie known as the smartest dog in the world, featured in the book Chaser: Unlocking the Genius of the Dog Who Knows a Thousand Words.
Chips: a trained sentry dog and the most decorated dog of World War II.
Dash: the King Charles Spaniel of Queen Victoria
Laddie: a famous White House dog, an Airedale Terrier of the President Warren Harding.
Lucca: a German Shepherd and Belgian Malinois mix that was trained to detect explosives. In the Marines, she was sent twice to Iraq and once to Afghanistan.
Nemo: The sentry German Shepherd and hero of the Vietnam War
Pal: The real life dog behind the Lassie movies and TV shows
Rin Tin Tin: a German Shepherd that was rescued on a French battlefield during World War I later became a movie star.
Sallie: the mascot of the 11th Pennsylvania Infantry during the American Civil War.
Sinbad the Sailor: Served in the U.S. Coast Guard during World War II.
Smokey: a tiny Yorkshire Terrier that served in World War II
Terry: The first and real Toto dog in the Wizard of Oz
Barney: a Scottish Terrier owned by George W. Bush
Blanco: a Collie owned by Lyndon Johnson
Blaze: a Mastiff owned by Franklin D. Roosevelt
Bo: A Portuguese Water Dog owned by Barack Obama
Buddy: a Labrador Retriever owned by Bill Clinton
Charlie: the Welsh Terrier of John F. Kennedy who sat in his lap as he decided what to do during the Cuban Missile Crisis.
Checkers: a Cocker Spaniel owned by Richard Nixon
Feller: a Cocker Spaniel owned by Harry Truman
Gritts: a mutt owned by Jimmy Carter
Heidi: a Weimaraner owned by Dwight D. Eisenhower
Him and Her: Beagles owned by Lyndon B. Johnson
King Timahoe: an Irish Setter owned by Richard Nixon
Liberty: a Golden Retriever owned by Gerald Ford
Lucky: a Bouvier de Flanders owned by Ronald Reagan
Manchu: a Pekingese owned by Franklin D. Roosevelt
Mike: an Irish Setter owned by Harry Truman
Millie: the English Springer Spaniel owned by President George H.W. Bush
Miss Beazley: a Scottish Terrier owned by George W. Bush
Pasha: a Terrier mix owned by Richard Nixon
Ranger: an English Springer Spaniel and son of Millie owned by George H.W. Bush
Rex: a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel owned by Ronald Reagan
Spot: an English Springer Spaniel and one of Millie's puppies owned by George W. Bush
Sunny: A Portuguese Water Dog Owned by Barack Obama
Vicky: a Poodle owned by Richard Nixon
Yuki: a mutt owned by Lyndon B. Johnson