It’s fun to use famous dog names when naming your own dog. With canine stars from TV, Movies, Politics, Books and Comic Strips, there are more than 400 exciting possibilities. Maybe your dog will make the list, too!
What makes a dog famous? Maybe they have been in the public light as a U.S. President’s dog, as a famous movie dog or as a popular comic strip star.
Famous dogs are only famous because we make them so. If you know a famous dog that is not on the list, please contact me so I can add it to the list.
Would you rather name your dog after one owned by a famous person or celebrity? Check our Celebrity Dog Names list for lots of possibilities. There are also hundreds of other possibilities on our puppy names list.
This page lists A and B famous dog names, only. Jump to anywhere in the list by clicking on the letters below.
|Famous Dog Names
|Why Dog is Famous
|Psychotic asthma-hound character in Nickelodeon animated show, Ren & Stimpy.
|Canine movie star from 1938 to 1946.
|Featured in the animated series Dog City from 1992 to 1995.
|The robot accompanion of Jack in the comic strip The Adventures of Captain Jack.
|This gun dog as per The Guiness Book of World Records, Revised Ed., 1966, this was the oldest dog ever.
|A famous character in the comic strip Dinglehoofer and His Dog Adolph by Harold Knerr between 1926 and 1949. The name of the dog was changed once Adolf Hitler came into power.
|Featured in 1986 movie Ruthless People. Was Sam’s dog which was bought to eat Muffy.
|This famous dog received the AKC registration #1.
|Featured in 2001 movie See Spot Run. The dog is also known as Spot.
|History says that King Connacht of Ireland paid 6,000 cows for the dog in the 1100s.
|Character in 1993 movie Hocus Pocus.
|Appeared in Babe 2: Pig in the City in 1998.
|Ellie Mae’s dog in the first season of popular TV show The Beverly Hillbillies.
|The mascot for Stoh’s Beer, this character earned the viewers love by its deft fetching and opening of the beer bottle. The real name for the dog was Banjo.
|Left to Elvira by her grandmother in the 1988 movie Elvira, Mistress of the Dark.
|Old English Sheepdog
|Canine movie star from the 1986 fantasy movie Labyrinth. Voiced by Percy Edwards.
|The junkyard dog in the 1993 movie Leprochaun.
|The dog in the 1961 movie The Parent Trap.
|Character of 1997 movie Mr. Magoo.
|From the comic strip Mark Trail, this character is the faithful companion of Mark Trail.
|Mimi’s dog in The Drew Carey Show from 1995 to 1999.
|Apollo and Zeus
|The highly trained dogs that gourd “Robin’s Nest,” the home of Thomas Magnum, the hero of the hit 1980 TV series, Magnum, P.I. One of my favorite shows on the famous dog names list. Magnum drove a Ferrari 308 GTS. Loved that car.
|Irish Red and White Setter
|Famous for the movie Familiar Strangers in 2007.
|Found in several works of Erma Bombeck.
|The champion Frisbee catching dog in half-time shows. Won three Canine Frisbee Disc World Championships.
|Asta (aka “Skippy”)
|Wire Haired Terrier
|Canine movie star in the 1930s; starred in The Thin Man movies and TV series in 1950s.
|This pet of Jetsons originally debuted in Hanna-Barbera TV series gained more success in 1980s.
|Hanna-Barbera cartoon character; son of “Doggy Daddy,” Augie’s father; starred in The Quick Draw McGraw Show .
|Appeared in advertisments for Flying “A” Service Station in 1960s.
|Famous Dog Names – B
|Why Dog is Famous
|Baby Face Nelson
|Famous for the 1972 movie The Doberman Gang.
|Found in the animated movie Balto based on a true story.
|The second dog from the TV series Little House on the Prairie that ran from 1977 to 1983.
|The first family dog of comic strip Family Circus by Bill Keene.
|Played the title role of the TV show Meego in 1997.
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|The dog in the park in Warner Bros animated TV show Tiny Toons. The dog liked to play ball all the time.
|The very early ancestor of the Boston Terrier breed.
|This male Scottish Terrier was referred as “First Dog,”owned by former U.S. President George W. Bush.
|This highly trained mountain rescue dog was world wide famous and earned fame for saving more than 40 lives in his lifetime.
|The dog belonging to the character Malcom Smith in the comedy movie Holywood or Bust with stars Jerry Lewis and Dean Martin.
|The nameless dog that haunts the Baskervilles in Arthur Conan Doyle’s famous Sherlock Holmes mystery The Hound of the Baskervilles.
|The alter ego of the dog Ace in the famous comic strip Batman.
|Pet of photographer William Wegman in Sesame Street, the TV Show.
|The dog who played the title role in the black comedy film, Baxter. The white bull terrier with a human persona can do everything to get what he wants. Weird movie.
|Australian Cattle Dog
|Part of the movie Crimson Tide released in 1995.
|Dogue de Bordeaux
|The dog that played the role of Hooch in Turner and Hooch.
|Gus, the lead dog of Will Stoneman in Iron Will.
|This dog is famous as the dog in Pogo, a daily comic strip by Walt Kelly that ran during the period 1948-1975.
|Name of one of the dogs owned by 36th U.S. President, Lyndon B. Johnson.
|A famous character in the novel, Beautiful Joe: The True Story of a Brave Dog.
|Another dog of U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson.
|One of the dogs owned by the 30th U.S. President, Calvin Coolidge.
|Barbie Doll’s pet. One of the most famous characters on the famous dog names list. No, Barbie is not a real person.
|This dog earned fame for an animated Television series from 1994-95 which was aired for one season.
|Featured in Beethoven movies produced in the 1990s and 2000s.
|Labrador Retriever mix
|Arguably, the oldest dog that ever lived on the earth.
|One of the space dogs abroad Sputnik 5 who returned safely to Earth.
|The famous cartoon character created by Nat Greenwood and George Crenshaw. The Belvedere comic strip was published between 1962 and 1995.
|This was a reputed dog actor during 1960-1970s.He is highly remembered for his 14 years in show business.Certainly one of the most famous amoung famous dog names.
|One of the favorite pets of Herbert Hoover, the 31st U.S. President.
|Appearning in the advertisment for Alpo dog food from the year 2005.
|The cool dog in the movie Bingo.
|Cracker Jacks model shares its name with the famous movie character Bingo.
|The dog in the comic strip Marvin created by Tom Armstrong.
|Pet of legendary U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt. One of my favorite people on the famous dog names list.
|The role played by the dog named Tiger in the movie A Boy and His Dog.
|The blue colored dog in the Nickelodeon series Blue Clues. One of my kids’ favorite shows on the famous dog names list.
|Portuguese Water Dog
|The pet of the first family of United States, the President Barack Obama family.
|This dog travled 2,800 miles to Oregon to get back to its master.
|The dog featured in the movie and book of the same name, Greyfriars Bobby, was the pet of John Gray, a policeman in Edinburgh.
|This is a famous character in childern’s book The Incredible Journey written by Sheila Burnford in 1961.
|The dog in the famous Disney comic strip Donald Duck. No, I don’t have a famous duck names list, only famous dog names.
|The title character of the 2008 animation, Bolt.
|Mixed breed Terrier
|The mixed breed terrier is a famous character in TV adventure drama series, Here’s Boomer. First aired in 1980.
|Poncho’s best friend in the Paul Gilligan comic strip Pooch Cafe.
|A regular member of the TV series Punky Brewster in the 1980s.
|The dog in the animation TV show Family Guy.
|The pet we find in the romantic film, You’ve Got Mail.
|Large generic hound
|The large dog in the animated movie Les Triplettes de Belleville or The Triplets of Belleville.
|The dog in the 1950 animated Cinderella movie.
|Featured in the movie, The Ugly Dachshund.
|Found in Jack London’s book Call of the Wild which was later made into a film.
|One of the dogs in the movie Eight Below based on the disastrous Antartic expedetion from Japan in 1950s. This is one of my favorite movies on the famous dog names list.
|The title role in the comic strip Buckles created by David Gilbert
|This female dog was the first trained guide dog who accompanied Morris Frank, founder of The Seeing Eye guide dog school and the first owner of a seeing eye dog in the U.S.
|Pet of another U.S. President family. This pet of the Clinton family died in a car accident.
|This highly trained German Shepherd was star in The Roy Rogers Show, an American TV series in 1951-1957.
|Pet in the 1938 novel Oliver Twist. Also found in the movie based on the same novel.
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