When it comes to choosing movies or films that feature dogs the list is very long. A short selection of movies featuring our canine friends are listed below:
Lady and the Tramp
This Walt Disney classic featured the unlikely romance between a purebred female cocker spaniel and a male mongrel. One of the most famous scenes from this movie was when Lady and Tramp are eating spaghetti at a restaurant and end up nibbling on the same strand of pasta, resulting in an accidential kiss.
Turner and Hooch
This movie starred Tom Hanks as a detective and a French Mastiff called Hooch. The detective finds himself lumbered with Hooch, a not-so-well-behaved dog. But after a murder has been committed the detective realises that he needs the dog in order to break the case.
This movie is based on the Antarctic wilderness, and the lives of eight dogs (6 Siberian Huskies and 2 Malamutes) who mistakingly have been left behind at a research station by a sled dog trainer who was forced to evacuate because of a storm. A rescue mission is planned to save the dogs as they fight the very bitter antartic weather and other dangers that lurk about. In addition to the beautiful scenery that the movie displays very vividly, the dogs shone through by displaying each of their unique personality traits.
101 Dalmatians (1961 Original)
Another Walt Disney creation that centres on the dalmatian couple Pongo and Perdita. Perdita gives birth to a litter of puppies that are dognapped by one of the most memorable villains in animated history – Cruella De Ville. The original version is told from the dog’s perspective, which was unique for its time period.
Wizard of Oz (1939 Original)
Although Dorothy stole this movie, her trusted companion Toto was played by Terry (Cairn Terrier). We were given the impression that Toto was a male dog in this classic film, whereas Toto was actually a “she”.
Men in Black (1997), Men In Black 2 (2002)
Within the Men in Black movies, Frank has the appearance of a normal pug dog, but he is actually an extraterrestrial in disguise. Frank was played in both movies by a very well trained pug named “Mushu”.
Harry Potter Films (2001 – Present)
Fang plays the role of the loveable giant Hagrids pet dog. Fang is described in the film as a Boarhound, but in actual fact was played by 4 different Neapolitan Mastiffs.
Marley & Me (2008)
Marley & Me is a dog movie that is based on the story of the Grogan family and their lovable but unruly Labrador dog called Marley. The movie mainly features the dog’s mischievous antics sprinkled with some sweet, sometimes sad moments of real-life issues faced by the family. Over 22 Labradors played the part of Marley whilst making this movie.
Beverly Hills Chihuahua (2008)
Aunt Viv is famous and filthy rich, and she showers all of her love, money, and attention on her much adored Chihuahua, Chloe. Pampered pooch doesn’t begin to describe Chloe’s luxurious lifestyle, and she has a bit of a snooty attitude because of it. She will have nothing to do with the gardner, Sam’s, feisty Chihuahua, Papi, who is desperately in love with her.
A horror movie that starred a friendly St. Bernard called Cujo who contracts rabies and conducts a reign of terror on a small American town.
Various – Rin Tin Tin (1922-1931)
Rin Tin Tin (Rin-Tin-Tin) was the name given to several related German Shepherd dogs that featured in the following movies: Man from Hell’s River (1922), Where the North Begins (1923), Shadows of the North (1923), The Lighthouse by the Sea (1924), Clash of the Wolves (1925), The Night Cry (1926), While London Sleeps (1926), Hills of Kentucky (1927), Tracked by the Police (1927), A Race for Life (1928), Jaws of Steel (1928), The Million Dollar Collar (1929), A Dog of the Regiment (1929), Tiger Rose (1929), The Lightning Warrior (1931).