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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.



  • 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.
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