Cartoon Dog Names – 17 Wonderful Famous Cartoon Dogs
by Jessi Larson
Playful, fun and nostalgic, cartoon dog names are excellent choices.
For decades, cartoon dogs have entertained us, taught us lessons and provided great memories. They also offer excellent inspiration for naming your pup!
In this post, we take a look back at the most popular cartoon dog names throughout history, from Goofy and Pluto created in the 1930s up to Brian Griffin from Family Guy. Enjoy this trip down memory lane.
Astro is the friendly canine character on the classic cartoon The Jetsons. He is the loyal pup to George, Jane, Judy and Elroy Jetson. Astro is more advanced than the modern day dog, although he tends to overuse “R” when talking. (For example, “I ruv you, Reorge.”) If you’re looking for cartoon dog names, this is a classic, fun choice!
Hanna-Barbera cartoon character Augie Doggy appeared in The Quick Draw McGraw Show and later appeared in his own segment of that show. He is highly spirited and ambitious, and often tries to please father, Daddy Doggy.
Moving up a few decades, the most popular cartoon dog in recent years is Brian Griffin, the talking dog from Family Guy. He can talk, walk on his hind legs standing up and is considered a full-fledged member of the family. In fact, he’s more rational and level-headed than the rest!
Clifford the Big Red Dog is a popular character from books, TV and movies. He is friendly, loyal and lovable, although he sometimes gets in trouble for his large size. His best friend is his owner, Emily Elizabeth. If you have a larger canine, this is one of the cartoon dog names you should consider.
The 1981 animated movie The Fox and the Hound is a buddy comedy based on the novel by the same name. The hound is Copper, a young hunting dog who befriends a fox named Tod. As the two grow older, they must reconcile the fact that they’re on opposite sides of the hunting experience.
Deputy Dawg is a Terrytoons cartoon character featured on the animated television series of the same name. He is a sheriff in the South and always seems to be in some sort of situation with the locals or trying to please the Sheriff.
Just like his name implies, Droopy has a drooping face and mopey demeanor. He moves slowly and talks with a monotone voice. Despite his low-key attitude, he always outwits his enemies. In fact, he can beat adversaries many times his size with a hilarious thrashing. “You know what? That makes me mad!” he’ll say.
One of the most famous Disney characters, Goofy is a tall, anthropomorphic dog that acts like a human. He famously hangs out with Mickey, Minnie, Donald Duck and the gang, and later branched out to his own series with Goof Troop.
The star of The Huckleberry Hound Show, this pup speaks with a Southern drawl and is sweet, relaxed and kind. He tries many different jobs, and although they usually backfire, he always comes out on top.
As the smartest being in existence, Mr. Peabody has accomplished many things in his life as a business magnate, inventor, scientist, Nobel laureate, gourmand, and two-time Olympic medalist. The beagle becomes lonely, however, and adopts a human companion as his pet.
Unlike Goofy, this Disney dog actually acts like a dog. He is Mickey’s pup and has been with the original Disney characters since the beginning.
As a main character in Garfield, Odie is kind and energetic although not the brightest bulb. He is Garfield’s friend/frequent foe. This is one of our favorite cartoon dog names!
Santa’s Little Helper
Who can forget Santa’s Little Helper, Bart’s dog in The Simpsons? The greyhound is a reoccurring character on the show and part of many funny yet heartfelt episodes throughout the shows 25+ year run.
No list of cartoon dog names is complete without Scooby-Doo. Scooby, along with his friends Shaggy, Fred, Velma and Daphne, works hard to solve mysteries, and have a few snacks along the way.
Snoopy, a good-natured, sweet Beagle, is one of the main characters of the Peanuts cartoon. He belongs to Charlie Brown and is known for his adventurous imagination. Fun fact: This was the name of my dad’s dog growing up.
When angered, humble and mild-manner Shoeshine Boy turns into Underdog, the heroic superhero. His catchphrases included: “There’s no need to fear, Underdog is here!” and “Not plane, nor bird, nor even frog, It’s just little old me…”
Last, but not least: 101 Dalmatians. Check out our earlier post about 101 Dalmatians dog names!
More Cartoon Dog Names
These are the just some of the most popular cartoon dog names. I’m sure many other examples are out there including this list from wikipedia.
Want some Disney names? Check out our article on Disney Dog Names!