TV’s top dogs

15/10/2015TV

Nothing makes us say ‘aww’ more than a TV pooch. They’re always so adorable – even when they’re drinking martinis or fighting cybermen. We couldn’t bring ourselves to put these in numerical order, so dive on into the dog pile and see if we’ve included your favourite TV hound!

 

 

 

Wellard (EastEnders) 

Robbie Jackson found what he thought was a stray dog in the square in 1994 and named him Wellard

Robbie Jackson found what he thought was a stray dog in the square in 1994 and named him Wellard ("Well 'ard"). But it turned out the dog had run away from his owner. After Robbie was allowed to keep him, he went to live with a number of the Square's residents until Tiffany became his last owner. Aww…

Chips (EastEnders) 

The dog was so darn cute that even Ian’s stony heart melted just a little bit

Just look at that floppy face! Grumpy old Ian Beale wasn't exactly thrilled when the family became owners of the basset hound Chips. But the dog was so darn cute that even Ian’s stony heart melted just a little bit.

Scooby-Doo 

The crime-solving Great Dane is easily one of the most recognisable pooches from TV land

The crime-solving Great Dane is easily one of the most recognisable pooches from TV land, despite being a cartoon! Scooby only ever foiled the plots of scheming villains by accident, but we love him anyway. The same can’t be said about his annoying, over-confident nephew Scrappy, however… 

K9 (Doctor Who) 

It’s been a long time since we last saw the lovable robo-pooch K9

It’s been a long time since we last saw the lovable robo-pooch K9. Too long! The robotic K9 accompanied fourth doctor Tom Baker on many adventures, and was last seen in an episode during tenth doctor David Tennant's tenure. If we had to choose between K9 and a real dog, the cyber puppy would win every time. 

Dougal (The Magic Roundabout) 

Dougal had a liking for sugar lumps and a permanently-lolling tongue

The shaggy-coated star of The Magic Roundabout, Dougal had a liking for sugar lumps and a permanently-lolling tongue. In the original French version, he spoke with a terrible English accent, apparently. Sacre Bleu! 

Dogtanian (Dogtanian) 

Dogtanian taught us how to reach for the stars

Dogtanian taught us how to reach for the stars. Not only did this feisty canine walk about on hind legs and ride a horse, but the plucky pooch travelled all the way to Paris to become a musketeer for the king. Now that’s what we call dogged determination. 

Shep (Blue Peter) 

"Get down Shep!" became one of children's TV's most famous catchphrases

"Get down Shep!" became one of children's TV's most famous catchphrases. Studio hound Shep was a Blue Peter legend, the right hand dog to everyone's favourite presenter John Noakes. 

Brian (Family Guy) 

Brian is the canine member of the Griffin family, and one of the best loved characters of TV’s Family Guy

Wisecracking, world-weary, and almost a writer – Brian is the canine member of the Griffin family, and one of the best loved characters of TV’s Family Guy. In fact when he was killed off in a recent episode, fan uproar was so vociferous that the writers had no choice but to bring him back. And thank God they did! Family Guy wasn’t the same without him. 

Tinker Bell (The Simple Life) 

Paris Hilton's Chihuahua Tinker Bell was never far from her mistress' side on reality show The Simple Life

Paris Hilton's Chihuahua Tinker Bell was never far from her mistress' side on reality show The Simple Life. In real life, Hilton's pint-sized companion went missing for six days after Hilton’s apartment was burgled. Was it a dog-napping? Or is Tinker Bell secretly the master criminal behind it all?

Gromit (Wallace & Gromit) 

It’s amazing how much you can say with nothing more than a simple eyebrow raise

It’s amazing how much you can say with nothing more than a simple eyebrow raise. Just ask Gromit – Wallace’s faithful (though somewhat jaded) sidekick. Personally we’d take Gromit’s arced eyebrow over a Shakespearean soliloquy any day.

Hong Kong Phooey (Hong Kong Phooey) 

Hong Kong Phooey isn’t just quick – he’s faster than the human eye

Hong Kong Phooey isn’t just quick – he’s faster than the human eye. At least when it comes to martial arts, that is. The rest of the time he’s content to wander around slowly sweeping up rubbish as a mild-mannered janitor. Even so, Mr Phooey is easily one of our favourite animated hounds. 

Sprocket (Fraggle Rock) 

Jim Henson created Fraggle Rock after The Muppet Show

Jim Henson created Fraggle Rock after The Muppet Show. It starred one of the small-screen's best dogs, the gigantic loping hound Sprocket. He lived in the workshop where the Fraggles' world meets ours and was constantly trying to catch them. Why? We can never know… 

Rowlf (The Muppet Show) 

Can you be a musician with paws instead of hands?

Can you be a musician with paws instead of hands? We guess so! A dog of undefined breed, Rowlf the Muppet musician also "played" Dr Rowlf in the Muppet Show show-within-a-show Veterinarians' Hospital. Truly a dog of many talents. 

Eddie (Frasier) 

As dog lovers, we were never happier than when little Eddie bounded onto the set

Eddie was the scene-stealing Jack Russell was the apple of Martin Crane's eye and a source of clenched-fisted frustration for his son Frasier. As dog lovers, we were never happier than when little Eddie bounded onto the set, causing trouble and looking 100% adorable. 

Freeway (Hart To Hart) 

Naming the pooch after the place where he was found seems a little mean though!

Crime-solving jet-set couple the Harts were accompanied in their adventures by their faithful dog Freeway, a stray they had rescued from the roadside. Naming the pooch after the place where he was found seems a little mean though!

Muttley (Wacky Races) 

If Muttley was at the wheel, a calamitous crash was usually never very far away

Sniggering, toothy hound Muttley was the henchman (henchdog?) of Dick Dastardly in the high-octane cartoon Wacky Races. If Muttley was at the wheel, a calamitous crash was usually never very far away. He was once employed to intercept communications sent via carrier pigeon in World War I. True story. 

Santa's Little Helper (The Simpsons) 

The Simpson family greyhound is a simple but loyal canine

The Simpson family greyhound is a simple but loyal canine, faithful to Bart and a slave to his animal instincts – not least when he meets a lady greyhound. We’re a big fan of his advice to Homer when the big man took up the career of food critic. How was the meat Santa’s Little Helper? Ruff! 

Snoopy (Charlie Brown) 

Fond of his World War I fighter pilot fantasies and something of a struggling novelist

The famously quiet beagle always seemed one step ahead of anxious master Charlie Brown. Fond of his World War I fighter pilot fantasies and something of a struggling novelist, he was a lot like some of the other famous dogs on this list… Perhaps we should put together a help group for struggling canine writers?

Petra (Blue Peter) 

Another Blue Peter stalwart

Another Blue Peter stalwart, Petra was a stand-in dog after the show's first episode in 1963. Petra later went on to have eight puppies, one of whom, Patch, also starred in the show. It’s all in the family!

"Hobo" (The Littlest Hobo) 

Hobo the altruistic Alsatian travelled from town to town

Hobo the altruistic Alsatian travelled from town to town in the Canadian TV show The Littlest Hobo, helping out those in need. As cute as his adventures were, we couldn’t help but feel a little blue at the end of each episode, when he’d take to the road to continue his journey. You can come and live with us anytime Hobo!

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