Created By: condottiera on February 10, 2012 Last Edited By: condottiera on July 24, 2012

Dogs Are Mute

In a world where other kinds of animals do talk, the dog does not.

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Sometimes, a world is full of Talking Animals. When there's a dog around, though, it won't talk, although it is usually a lot smarter than a real dog would be. This is often because the dog fills the role of a pet. It is especially common in animation.

See also Furry Confusion.

Examples:

Literature

  • Toto didn't talk until fairly late in the Land Of Oz series.

Western Animation

  • Max from The Little Mermaid.
  • Dog from WordWorld.
  • Blue and all other dogs from Blue's Clues.
  • The dogs in the Bambi movies.
  • Zig-Zagged in Garfield. Odie the dog almost never talks, but all the other dogs are capable of talking. Lampshaded in this Lasagna Cat video, where one of the quotes from a review of Garfield: A Tail of Two Kitties is "Why can every dog talk except Odie?"
  • In Tweety and Sylvester cartoons, Tweety and Sylvester would talk but the bulldog who was Sylvester's nemesis almost never did, even though he was clearly intelligent.
  • Spunky in Rocko's Modern Life.
  • Arthur's dog, Pal. Lampshaded once when the characters observed this trope on TV, and asked how that could happen.
  • Pluto of the Mickey Mouse cartoons/comic books, but averted with Goofy.
Community Feedback Replies: 12
  • February 10, 2012
    JohnDiFool
    Pluto of the Mickey Mouse cartoons/comic books.
  • February 10, 2012
    Sailor11sedna
    Arthur's dog, Pal. In Arthur. I think the characters watched something exactly like it one time, and asked how that could happen.
  • February 11, 2012
    Topazan
    • Toto until fairly late in the Land Of Oz series.
  • February 11, 2012
    TonyG
    Spunky in Rockos Modern Life.
  • February 11, 2012
    Lumpenprole
    In the Tweety and Sylvester cartoons, Tweety and Sylvester would talk but the bulldog who was Sylvester's nemesis never did (or almost never?), even though he was clearly intelligent and could use his forepaws as hands when needed.

  • February 11, 2012
    tvtroper98
    • Zig-Zagged in Garfield. Odie the dog almost never talks, but all the other dogs are capable of talking.
  • February 13, 2012
    captainsandwich
    I think MLP:FIM does this. some animals talk, others don't. angel the bunny doesn't talk, nor does the rarity's cat, nor does tank, or owlicious, or gummy (basically all the pets). but cows talk, ponys talk, river serpents talk, zebras talk.
  • February 13, 2012
    randomsurfer
    See also Furry Confusion.
  • February 15, 2012
    condottiera
    Maybe it could be extended to Pets are mute, because it's weird that the cat and bunny don't talk when ponies can. But it's still clear that this trope is used most often with dogs, whether because they are somebody's pet or because they just don't talk.
  • February 16, 2012
    WackyMeetsPractical
    It kind of looks like this trope goes beyond being mute, as most of the examples are also non-sentient while the other animals around them are completely anthropomorphic. Could this trope perhaps be expanded?
  • February 16, 2012
    condottiera
    Expanding is a good idea, but it's not just Furry Confusion. Animals having pets is weird, and them not being anthropomorphic like their masters is weird, and not being able to talk when everyone else can is what this was about. Is this different enough to be a subtrope?
  • July 24, 2012
    EdnaWalker
    Can the trope be called Animals Having Pets. There is a similar trope called Animals Have Insect Pets.
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