Which Fictional Dog Should You Own?
Spoiled dog, wild dog, big dog, little dog, hot dog. Dogs of every kind earn all of humanity’s ‘appaws.’ Perhaps you haven’t found the right four-legged friend to earn your praise. Not everyone is meant to own a family dog, but the anthropomorphic answer might lie in adopting one outside of the realm of reality.
If you nod your head in agreement, you’re barking up the right tree! We scratched and pawed to build a quiz that matches fiction’s good boys with the real world’s good owners. Whether you howl at Hanna-Barbera, PBS, Cartoon Network, Nickelodeon, or a good ol’ comic strip, we will solve your canine conundrum. In order to do so, we ask you to fetch your feelings regarding standard pet care, including relationship goals, affordability, exercise, time commitments, and compatibility with your other potential pets.
Our questionnaire might be boneheaded, but there’s a method to our muttness!
Fictional dog stories gained prevalence in the first half of the 2oth century. Disney's Dippy Dawg debuted in 1932 (renamed Goofy in 1940) as part of a comedic trio with Mickey and Donald Duck. Fans and critics lauded his inclusion, leading to the short "How to Play Football" starring Goofy being nominated for an Oscar in 1944. Tex Avery's Droopy character was created a year prior. Television and comic strip icon Snoopy debuted in 1950. Hanna-Barbera's Huckleberry Hound appeared by the end of the decade and proved even every fictional dog has its day by winning an Emmy in 1960.
The hippie lifestyle set pop culture ablaze in 1969, leading to the debut of Scooby-Doo that year. Scooby achieved arguably unparalleled success as a fictional dog benefiting from fun innuendos that provided the backdrop for silly-yet-engaging detective adventures. Fictional dog popularity continued throughout the remainder of the century. The biggest fictional dog of the 21st century is literally and figuratively Clifford. Although he debuted decades prior in children's books, his extremely successful PBS show started in 2000 and sparked worldwide fame, including several movies.