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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
- Toto didn't talk until fairly late in the Land Of Oz series.
- Max from The Little Mermaid.
- Dog from Word World.
- 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.