The 25 Greatest Cartoon Dogs of All-Time
25. The Big Dog
The official mascot of your childhood, The Big Dog dog made terrible puns look totally badass. Suck it, Peace Frog!
24. Brain - Inspector Gadget
Brain was basically a bizarre tangerine Scooby Doo knockoff -- a dog who could understand things and vaguely communicate in a shrill dogified voice -- whose entire purpose was constantly keeping Inspector Gadget alive until Penny could solve every crime. His reward? The show being named after Inspector Gadget. Sorry, Brain, but you're getting shafted again on this list for not having the foresight to just ditch your incompetent inspector-boss and start an efficient hijinks-free private firm with Penny.
23. Ottoman Dog - The Beauty and The Beast
The Ottoman Dog is adorable and harmless, but its mere existence raises the question: What the hell was the enchantress thinking when she put a spell over the castle that CURSED THE FRIGGIN' DOG? "Hey Prince, you're way too vain, so I'm gonna teach you a lesson in morality by making your innocent little puppy into a barking footstool for possibly eternity." It's too dark of a concept to wrap your head around.
22. Scooby Doo
While obviously iconic and influential in the canon of cartoon dogs, the titular Scooby Doo basically serves no function in his own show other than to be constantly scared of everything and to run away then fail to convince everyone else in the group of what he saw. And despite encountering nine hundred consecutive monsters that turned out to be human amusement park barons wearing masks and going "Bleh!!", he never reacts to the next ghost with even the slightest SHRED of skepticism. You're an idiot, Scooby Doo. You deserve to be down here on this list.
21. Pluto - Disney
Pluto may have made you question the ethics of Disney's interspecies relationships, but the loyal sidekick has become the iconic example of a cartoon dog.
20. Sparky - South Park
This out and proud gay dog is greatest role George Clooney ever played...Seriously, he was voiced by George Clooney. Look it up.
19. Mr. Peanut Butter - BoJack Horseman
The only character on the Netflix series who doesn't seem to be depressed, Mr. Peanut Butter somehow manages to be unbearably annoying, incredibly likable and surprisingly complex, all while rocking the hell out of a black v-neck.
18. Brian - Family Guy
Never before has a dog looked this good holding a martini. Sure, he gets preachy at times, but Brian still remains the most tolerable outlet for Seth McFarland's voice to date.
17. Ren - Ren and Stimpy
Every single second of Ren & Stimpy's existence is just a wondrous, baffling marvel that it ever existed, let alone AIRED ON A CHILDREN'S NETWORK in the 90s. LOOK AT THIS! HOW DID THIS HAPPEN?
16. Courage - Courage the Cowardly Dog
The things he did for love! This little guy may have been a bit jittery but he always pulled through for the people he cared about, even if it meant dealing with some truly terrifying demons in the process.
15. Buttons - Animaniacs
Since we're not sure if we can include Animaniacs on this list (WHAT SPECIES WERE THEY?), we'll include Buttons -- that loveable Lassie parody that taught you that even when you do the right thing, you can still get punished for it.
14. Dog - CatDog
In the longstanding argument of cats vs. dogs, CatDog offered a side-by-side comparison that showed dogs really are better.
13. Doggie - King of the Hill
The Souphanousinphone family dog is cute, cuddly, and an EXCELLENT dancer.
And that's all you really need to know.
12. Kisses - American Dad
Kisses comes from one of the most heartwarming and totally beyond horrifying episodes of American Dad - worming his way into Stan's heart after Stan vows to have nothing to do with him, since he's still haunted by memories of the dog he had when he was a child, whom he had to shoot, Old Yeller-style. But when Kisses is in a horrific accident, Stan refuses to let Kisses die - resulting in keeping him barely alive and in constant pain using some terrifying surgical techniques. Eventually Kisses dies - but reunites with Stan's childhood dog in Dog Heaven, where every dog gets their own speedboat (even if they do occasionally have to fend off undersea monsters every now and then)
11. Slinky Dog - Toy Story
For anyone who grew up on Jim Varney's Ernest films, it seems hard to believe you'd ever accept him as any other character. But then Slinky Dog came around, and Varney's southern drawl fit in perfectly with Woody's best friend and confidante, who just happened to be a spring-stretchin' dog.
10. Santa's Little Helper - The Simpsons
Santa's Little Helper is rowdy, untrainable, a constant financial burden, and obsessed with casual sex, but every time the Simpsons family has to confront the possibility of losing him, they're instantly terrified and regretful. He's the perfect cartoon testament to unconditional pet-owner love: really no 'better' than other dogs, especially Laddie, but once he's part of the family, any thoughts of losing him just instantly bring out Bart's worst possible fears.
8. Snoopy - Charlie Brown
Snoopy was the most charismatic protagonist of Peanuts, despite lacking the ability to speak. He's become a staple of American parades and trashy tattoos. With a dog this cool, it makes us wonder how the Round-Headed Kid could be so depressed all the time.
7. Kazak - Archer
Kazak is another in a long list of animals that Sterling Archer seems to have an unnatural connection with - although none of the others can eat quite as much kofta as Kazak can (even if he did throw up most of it). He thinks he's people!
6. Dug - Up
Dug is everything good about dogs: loving, loyal, and adorably dumb. He overcame the cold walls of Carl's heart and the cone of shame to -- SQUIRREL!
5. Gromit - Wallace and Gromit
He made us fall in love with him without even saying a word.
4. Ladybird - King of the Hill
Ladybird is the perfect dog for Hank Hill - quiet, loyal, and a pretty decent dog dancer. For all of these reasons and more, Ladybird might be the true love of Hank Hill's life - given he shows more affection for Ladybird than he ever shows for his wife or son. And if any dog can melt Hank Hill's heart, it deserves a spot on this list.
3. Jake - Adventure Time
The above video should tell you everything you need to know about Jake the Dog, dude.
2. Seymour - Futurama
Admit it: You're tearing up just thinking about him, aren't you?
1. Snuffles (Snowball) - Rick and Morty
Snuffles (or Snowball, since his fur is pretty and white) has something that sets him apart from nearly any other dog in cartoon history: a terrible awareness of his own being. After being given unnatural intelligence by Rick, Snuffles slowly gained self-awareness of his own lot in life (as a testicle-less slave-pet) and the lot of dogs everywhere (as a wolf eugenics experiment gone mad). But even as he led the dog revolution, Snuffles' love for his former master Morty led him to the realization that the cycle of violence and resentment would be never-ending, and chose to find a new world for the newly aware dogs he led. The mercy and self-reflection of Snuffles makes him the greatest cartoon dog ever.
Also, "WHERE ARE MY TESTICLES, SUMMER?" might be the most bone-chilling line in cartoon history.
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