131+ Famous Dog Names – Amazing Dogs from TV, Movies & Real Life!

There are tons of famous dogs that people across the world know well. These dogs are famous for from their achievements in real life, or are known from movies, TV & literature. If you’re looking to name your own pup, these famous dog names might be a perfect fit.

famous dog names - balto
Balto

Famous Dog Names from History & Real Life

These dogs are the pets of well known people, are brand mascots, or have an achievement that they’re known for.

  • Balto – Husky that helped deliver medicine to Nome, Alaska, that prevented an outbreak of disease
  • Barney, Spot Fetcher, Miss Beazley – Dogs of President George W. Bush
  • Bingo – Cracker Jacks brand mascot
  • Bo and Sunny – President Obama’s dogs
  • Bullseye – Target’s official mascot
  • Chaser – Border Collie with largest tested memory of any non-human animal.
  • Checkers – President Nixon’s dog
  • Chips – most decorated dog of World War II
  • Cloe – Biggest dog record holder for biggest dog, 365lbs 8’5″ long!
  • Jo-Fi – Sigmund Freud’s pet Chow Chow
  • Fido – Abraham Lincoln’s dog
  • Gibson – Great Dane & former world record tallest living dog
  • Hachikō – Japanese Akita Inu famed for meeting his owner at the train station every day after work
  • Hank – adopted stray that became the unofficial mascot for the Milwaukee Brewers
  • Lady Greyhound – Greyhound bus’ mascot dog
  • Laika – Soviet space dog
  • McGruff – Mascot of National Crime Prevention Council
  • Millie – George H.W. Bush’s dog
  • Nipper – RCA logo dog
  • Peritas – Alexander the Great’s favorite dog
  • Pickles – discovered the stolen FIFA World Cup in 1966
  • Sinbad – mascot of U.S. Coast Guard
  • Snuppy – Afghan Hound that was the first dog ever cloned
  • Strongheart – German Shepherd that was one of the first canine actors
  • Tinkerbell – Paris Hilton’s chihuahua and favorite fashion accessory
  • Trakr – German Shepherd that rescued the last survivor of the 9/11 World Trade Center attacks.
  • Zeus – Great Dane & Tallest dog in the world at 7′ 4″.
  • Zorba – Mastiff, former world record for longest and heaviest dog, 343lbs 8’3″ long.

Also here’s an article with all the Presidential Dogs.

Famous dogs from literature - Bullseye from Oliver Twist & Jip from David Copperfield
Bullseye from Oliver Twist & Jip from David Copperfield

Famous Dog Names from Literature & Comics

These dogs have been written about in famous books or comics.

  • Andy – Mark Trail comic strip
  • Argos – the Odyssey
  • Blue – The Sound and the Fury
  • Buck – Call of the Wild
  • Buddy / Toby / Bailey / Ellie / Bear – A Dog’s Purpose
  • Bullseye – Bill Sikes’ dog in Oliver Twist
  • Clifford – Clifford the Big Red Dog
  • Cujo – Stephen King’s book Cujo
  • Dogbert – Dilbert
  • Electra – Cathy comic strip
  • Fang – Hagrid’s Mastiff in Harry Potter
  • Ghost – Game of Thrones
  • Hotdog – Jughead’s dog from Archie
  • Jip – David Copperfield
  • Krypto – Superman comics
  • Lad – Lad, A Dog
  • Marmaduke – Marmaduke
  • Odie – Garfield
  • Yeller – Old Yeller
  • Pilot – Mr. Rochester’s dog in Jane Eyre
  • Sandy – Little Orphan Annie
  • Snoopy – Peanuts
  • Winn Dixie – Berger Picard and main character of Because of Winn Dixie

Here’s an article with even more literary dog names.

Toto from the Wizard of Oz
Toto in the Wizard of Oz

Famous Dogs from Movies

You may known these famous dogs from the movies they’ve starred in!

  • Baxter – Anchorman
  • Beethoven – Bethoven
  • Benji – Benji
  • Bolt – Bolt
  • Brinkley – You’ve Got Mail
  • Bruiser – Legally Blonde
  • Buddy – Air Bud
  • Buster – Toy Story
  • Chopper – Stand By Me
  • Chance & Shadow – Homeward Bound
  • Copper – The Fox and the Hound
  • Daisy – John Wick
  • Dante – Coco
  • Dug – Up
  • Duke – The Secret Lives of Pets
  • Einstein – Back to the Future
  • Fang – Hagrid’s Mastiff in Harry Potter
  • Fly & Rex – Babe
  • Frank the pug – Men In Black
  • Hercules – The Sandlot
  • Hooch – Turner & Hooch
  • Hosehead – Strange Brew
  • Jock, Trusty & Lady – Lady And The Tramp
  • Luiz – Rio
  • Marley – Marley And Me
  • Max / Wolfie – The Terminator & Terminator 2: Judgement Day
  • Max – How The Grinch Stole Christmas!
  • Milo – The Mask
  • Miss Agnes – Best In Show
  • Mother Teresa– Must Love Dogs
  • Nana – Newfoundland from Peter Pan
  • Nanook– The Lost Boys
  • Otis – The Adventures of Milo and Otis
  • Perdita, Pongo, Patch, Penny – One Hundred And One Dalmatians
  • Puffy – There’s Something About Mary
  • Quark – Honey, I Shrunk The Kids
  • Rin Tin Tin – Rin Tin Tin
  • Shiloh – Beagle from Shiloh
  • Sirius Black / Padfoot / Snuffles – Harry Potter
  • Skipper – My Dog Skip
  • Slink – Toy Story
  • Sparky – Frankenweenie & South Park
  • Speck – Pee-wee’s Big Adventure
  • Snots – National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation
  • Snowy – The Adventures of TinTin
  • Spots, Chief, Rex, Boss, Duke, and King – Isle of Dogs
  • Stitch – Lilo & Stitch
  • Toto – The Wizard Of Oz
  • Jack (played by Uggie) – The Artist
  • Verdell – Brussels Griffon from As Good As It Gets
  • Yellow – Far From Home: The Adventures of Yellow Dog
  • Zero – The Nightmare Before Christmas
Lassie
Lassie

Famous Dog Names from TV

These dogs got their fame from starring in TV shows!

  • Apollo & Zeus – Magnum P.I. guard dogs
  • Arnold – Turtle’s dog in Entourage
  • Astro – The Jetsons
  • Backup – Veronica Mars
  • Blue – Blue’s Clues
  • Brian – Family Guy
  • Cinnamon – Raj’s dog in The Big Bang Theory
  • Comet – Golden Retriever from Full House
  • Eddie – Jack Russell Terrier from Frazer
  • Gidget – Chihuahua from Taco Bell ads
  • Gromit – Wallace And Gromit
  • Happy – Terrier mix from 7th Heaven
  • Ladybird – King of the Hill
  • Lassie – Lassie
  • Marshall, Chase, Rocky, Zuma, Rubble, Skye, and Everest – Paw Patrol
  • Mister Peabody – The Adventures Of Rocky And Bullwinkle And Friends
  • Mr. Peanutbutter – BoJack Horseman
  • Petey – Little Rascals
  • Pluto – Disney
  • Poochie – The Simpsons
  • Ren Höek – The Ren & Stimpy Show
  • Rowlf – The Muppets
  • Santa’s Little Helper – The Simpsons
  • Scooby-Doo & Scrappy-Doo – Scooby-Doo
  • Shelby – Smallville
  • Spike – Rugrats
  • Spuds MacKenzie – 80s spokesdog
  • Ubu Roi – Ubu Productions “Sit, Ubu, sit” mascot
  • Wilfred – Wilfred
  • Wishbone – Jack Russell Terrier star of children’s show Wishbone

We hope you enjoyed our list of famous dogs! If you want more dogs from tv & movies be sure to check out this list of Disney Dog Names.

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