Often, animation writers use a dog's breed to determine its personality by making it a kind of voiced ethnic or nationality stereotype, especially if the name of the breed has a country in it. This has little to do with how the breed ''really'' acts, as anyone who has dogs will attest.

'''Common Dog Breed Stereotypes:'''

* Mongrels are often street-smart and heroic.
* Poodles are dainty and spoiled, ideal for the RichBitch. And almost AlwaysFemale. Occasionally sports a French accent (playing on the "French Poodle" {{National Stereotype|s}}).
* [[BullyBulldog Bulldogs]] often have English accents (playing on the "British bulldog" {{National Stereotype| s}}) or are big and dumb. The big part may be due to confusion with two bigger breeds - the boxer and the English mastiff - since English bulldogs are, for the most part, relatively small.
* Great Danes are big and friendly, perhaps boisterously clumsy, and also dumb (the archetypal example being Franchise/ScoobyDoo).
* Dobermans are often fiercely disciplined soldiers when they aren't {{Angry Guard Dog}}s. They are almost always evil.
* Old English Sheepdogs are lovable goofs who are half blind with their fur covering their eyes.
* Pitbulls (Staffordshire bull terriers, American Staffordshire terriers, and American pit bull terriers) are portrayed as invariably savage and ferocious. That stereotype is the very reason they are (sadly) the biggest targets of breed-specific legislation (BSL) in RealLife.
* Rottweilers are portrayed as being somewhat friendlier than pitbulls, but are dangerous if provoked with jaws that being like a steel trap.
* Saint Bernards are lovably stoic heroes who will [[SaintBernardRescue brave the fiercest blizzard to save the day]]. A brandy barrel attached to their collar is optional.
* Very small dogs, especially Chihuahuas and Pomeranians, have a reputation for [[TheNapoleon taking on more than they can handle]] and/or being overly spoiled (similar to the poodle). Frequently MisterMuffykins.
* Chihuahuas are often portrayed as TheNapoleon, PluckyComicRelief, and/or being overly spoiled. Often portrayed with a Mexican {{National Stereotype| s}}.
* Dalmatians are stereotyped as firehouse mascots.
* Thin, graceful dogs with flowing, feathery features such as the Saluki or Afghan Hound are invariably portrayed as females, possibly portrayed as TheChick. Stockier dogs with long fur (like the shih tzu) will also get this treatment.
* Sled dogs like Huskies and Samoyeds are generally merry energetic fellows, eager to be on the go for whatever reason.
* Golden Retrievers and Laborador Retrivers are FunPersonified.
* German Shepherds are often portrayed as either TheAce or TheHero. Sometimes they are {{Angry Guard Dog}}s in works where they are not a main character or not even much of a character at all.
* Collies are often portrayed as TheAce.
* Scenthounds, especially bloodhounds and Basset Hounds, are often portrayed as low-energy and laconic. At least in the case of bloodhounds, this is definitely not TruthInTelevision. No matter how sleepy they may look, bloodhounds actually have a very high energy level and with it, high exercise requirements.
* Beagles are often portrayed as FriendToAllChildren.
* Scottish Terriers are often portrayed as are plucky, scrappy little fellows who speak with a Scottish accent.
* Cairn terriers, West Highland White terriers (Westies), and similar are plucky, scrappy little fellows.
* Greyhounds, canine speed personified.
* Pugs are either TheKlutz or TheLoad, but always the PluckyComicRelief
* If an unusual breed (in the public's eye) is featured, this usually means one of the writers specifically had such a dog, and it might be specifically mentioned.

(This is [[CatStereotype rarely done with cats since breed variations aren't always as striking and well known]] compared to dogs. However, it's interesting to note that while cats are often strongly identified with [[FemaleFelineMaleMutt femininity and grace]], many cats in comic strips and cartoons are [[BuffoonishTomcat male and vaguely clownish]]. Also, while CatsAreMean has exceptions, none of these exceptions seem to be [[YellowPeril Siamese]], who are portrayed as mean even by ''cat'' standards.)

See also AngryGuardDog, BigFriendlyDog, DogsAreDumb.

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* ''Anime/ExcelSaga'' had an "animal story" episode featuring a Scottish terrier and a dog of a Chinese breed, both with appropriate accents in the North American dub. (The mutts, though, had generic American accents.)
* Subverted and played straight in ''HoneyAndClover'', where a pet poodle is getting spoiled and treated as the cutest thing alive by the girl, but to the hero and the audience it looks [[AngryGuardDog downright frightening]]!
* Subverted with Ben the Great Dane from ''GingaNagareboshiGin''. He may be a big dog and have the regular Great Dane looks, but he's very clever and a powerful fighter. Not to mention ''[[NoOneCouldSurviveThat ungodly durable]]''.
* ''GingaDensetsuWeed:''
** Horribly subverted with Hougen and Genba. They may be Great Danes, but they're pure ''evil''.
** Played straight with Lecter and Thunder. Both are evil, as dobermans tend to be in media.

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[[folder: Comedy ]]

* 1960s L.P. record comedian Vaughn Meader and his troupe did a routine about a canine trial where the defendant was a German Shepard in the employ of the Alabama State Police, acting like a Nazi war criminal who was "just following orders" when he attacked children. An English Bulldog, French Poodle, and Russian Wolfhound are all in attendance.

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[[folder: Comics ]]

* In the ''ComicBook/{{Nova}}'' comic book series, the hero meets Cosmos, a telepathic cosmonaut dog with a Russian accent.
* ''Marmaduke'' is the quintessential big, clumsy, lovable Great Dane, even moreso than Scooby.
* One of the narrators in ''The Gingerbread Girl'' is an English Bulldog; contrary to the stereotype, he's extremely cultured and intelligent.
* ''ComicStrip/DogsOfCKennel'' plays this straight with Will being a tough streetwise pit bull and Kenny being a hyperactive yet [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} scatterbrained]] husky, however, it is subverted with Iggy, who is a NervousWreck chihuahua and Oliver the Great, who is a [[ThePerfectionist stiff-upper-lipped]] Great Dane.
** Not so much a subversion in the case of Iggy, just a stereotype not specifically mentioned above. Certain small breeds really do tend to be very nervous, and Chihuahuas in particular are virtually the poster child for "tiny neurotic rat-dog".

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[[folder: Film ]]

* This trope is played pretty straight in ''WesternAnimation/AllDogsGoToHeaven.'' Charlie is a German Shepherd and is generally portrayed as TheHero of the movie, while Carface is a pitbull who is an aggressive, murderous mob boss and is the main villain of the movie.
* ''Disney/{{Bolt}}'' is a German Shepherd who is protective, heroic, and serious.
* ''Film/HomewardBoundTheIncredibleJourney'' uses this trope subtly, as the animals speak with regional accents rather than racial ones. Shadow, the Golden Retriever, is a wise dog who lived much of his life in the country. Sassy the Himalayan cat is ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin. Chance the American Bulldog speaks with a young and naive accent, owing to his status as the kid. In the sequel, we are treated to a slew of dogs that were raised in the inner city and have accents reflecting that. There's also a very prissy Toy Poodle who speaks like a French diva.
** ''Homeward Bound'''s predecessor ''The Incredible Journey'' (1963) had Luath the young, energetic Labrador Retriever, Tao the Siamese cat, and Bodger the wise, noble old Bull Terrier. (These versions, however, didn't speak.)
* Subverted in the Open Season sequel. The poodle Fifi, despite the name and TertiarySexualCharacteristics (including a dainty blue bow), is a male (and voiced by Crispin Glover no less!) He's neurotic but no less spoiled.
* Sid Phillips had a vicious toy-chewing Bull Terrier in ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory'' who would attack Buzz and Woody when ever on screen with both of them.
* Almost played straight in ''OliverAndCompany''. Dodger is a fast-talking, street-wise mutt JiveTurkey, Tito is a chihuahua with a HairTriggerTemper, Georgette the poodle is a spoiled literal RichBitch, the {{Ironic Nickname}}d Einstein exemplifies the Great Dane's GoodIsDumb stereotype, Rita the saluki, as per the SmurfettePrinciple is the only female of Dodger's gang, and dobermans Rosco and Desoto are the classic {{Angry Guard Dog}}s. Only Francis violates the rule, being a well-educated bulldog with an appreciation for the arts and a British accent ({{Irony}}).
* Played with in ''Hulk'', in which two of the Hulked-out dogs are a pit bull and rottweiler, as expected for scary aggressive canines. The third is a scary, vicious ''poodle''.

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[[folder: Video Games ]]

* The PointAndClick AdventureGame ''JollyRover'' is a pirate story with a full cast of dogs. The protagonist is a nimble, carefree Dachshund named James Rover, who aspires to be a circus clown. He is captured by a gang of brutish Bulldog pirates. The authority figures are played by Great Danes, dumb door-guards Rottweilers and Bull Terriers, and lady pirates collies and cocker spaniels.
* The most common dog in ''HarvestMoon'' is a hound, likely a beagle, which are a must have for FarmBoy's.

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[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* ''WesternAnimation/RoadRovers'' used specific dog breeds with accompanying stereotypes as a MultinationalTeam, with the likely intentional subversion of Shag the sheepdog having a sheepish ''personality''.
* The trope may have gained popularity with ''LadyAndTheTramp''. It has an entire pound full of colorful ethnic stereotypes, including a rare American example of an English bulldog with an English accent.
* ''TheAristocats'' features the rare example of colorful ethnic cat stereotypes (with a Russian Blue, a Siamese, etc.)
** The cat variant was used in ''Cats And Dogs'' as well, with the Russian Blue cat not only having the accent but acting like a spy movie villain.
* ''WesternAnimation/ChipNDaleRescueRangers'' has a couple of examples of this trope: the Doberman from ''To the Rescue'' part 4 is an AngryGuardDog, Frenchie from the same episode, a French poodle with a French accent, is zee leader of zee Pound Underground. And yes, there is also the stereotypical pair of mean Siamese cats two parts earlier who happen to be twins.
* ''AmericanDragonJakeLong'''s [[strike:mutt]] shar pei character has him with a very stereotypical Brooklyn accent, whilst the setting takes place in New York City.
* ''TheLifeAndTimesOfJuniperLee'''s Pug character has a heavy Scottish accent.
* ''Krypto The Super-Dog'''s "Dog Star Patrol" includes a British Bulldog and a French-Canadian-accented Husky, while "Ace the [[Franchise/{{Batman}} Bat-hound]]" is an Alsatian, presumably playing on their use as police dogs.
* ''Film/OverTheHedge'' had staff who consciously decided to play against this trope by having the Rottweiler be energetic and ultra-friendly instead of mean and vicious, as per the usual stereotype.
* Old cartoons from the forties almost without exception fall into the BullyBulldog category, as both Warner Bros. and MGM had a surfeit of bulldog characters. Generally they were [[AngryGuardDog vicious guard dogs]] or bullies, esp. towards cats and littler dogs.
* And then there was Hemlock Holmes from TheDickTracyShow - a british bulldog with his own support team who... well... solved cases for Mr Tracy in the cartoon series.
* In ''AngelaAnaconda'', [[TheProtagonist Angela's]] dog [[YourTomcatIsPregnant King]] is a stereotypical mutt, but [[AlphaBitch Nanette's]] (male) purebred poodle Ooh-La-La likes to roll around in mud and garbage, much to Nanette's annoyance.
* [[TheRenandStimpyShow Ren]] is a Chihuahua and TheNapoleon... with a voice based on Peter Lorre.
* Several examples from ''WesternAnimation/MrBogus'':
** Kevin the bulldog is sometimes played straight as a BullyBulldog who would occasionally chase after Bogus every time he is within his sight.
** The poodle from the episode "[[Recap/MrBogusS1E3ADayAtTheOffice A Day At The Office]]" is depicted as being rather spoiled and prone to getting angry when she is [[BullyingADragon repeatedly teased by Bogus.]]
** The third act of the episode "[[Recap/MrBogusS1E4EtTuBrattus Et Tu, Brattus?]]" featured a pit bull who chased after Bogus and Brattus, as did his owner, a [[TheBully bullying young boy.]]
** The dalmatian puppy from the second and third acts of the episode "[[Recap/MrBogusS1E5ShopAroundTheClock Shop Around The Clock]]" would be a subversion, as it is not depicted as a firehouse mascot.
** A mutt briefly shows up in the second act of the episode "[[Recap/MrBogusS1E6BeachBlanketBogus Beach Blanket Bogus]]" when Brattus tries to take some sausages from the dog.
** The Doberman from the second act of the episode "[[Recap/MrBogusS1E10MuseumMadness Museum Madness]]" is appropriately depicted as an AngryGuardDog who chases after Bogus in the museum.
** The first act of the episode "[[Recap/MrBogusS2E6TotallyBogusVideo Totally Bogus Video]]" had a Rottweiler who served as TheDragon to Ratty during Film/TheTerminator parody sequence.

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* A weird TruthInTelevision--Chihuahuas apparently fit the LatinLover stereotype, with a dash of [[Literature/{{Discworld}} Casanunder]]...it's common to find truly absurd Chihuahua crosses, often with breeds that make you wonder if the little guy used a stepladder. Of course, artificial insemination helps.
** [[http://ericbogle.net/lyrics/lyricspdf/littlegomez.pdf Oh, I used to have a doggie and I called him Little Gomez because he was a Mexican Chihuahua...]]
* In a inversion of the evil dog stereotype, Rottweilers, Dobermans, and other standard movie guard/attack dogs are bred for good temperament. They are supposed to be trained well (to avoid nipping, roughhousing, and being overprotective due to their excessive loyalty) and are actually very playful. Of course, they seem to forget they weigh so much, and tend to act like literal lap-dogs when it comes to their master or mistress. The stereotyped breeds are typically reported in the news much more than others when bad something happens. In contrast, little dogs statistically attack more often due to lack of training, while bigger dogs actually attack ''LESS'' often, due to the fact that ''responsible'' owners train them early and thoroughly.
** On a related note - Pomeranians being stereotyped as obnoxious and suffering from "little dog syndrome" can also be inverted by ''responsible'' owners who socialize them and train them early: Most people don't realize Pomeranians are ''actually'' simply bred-down versions of other Spitz breeds - working dogs. Pomeranians tend to be just as eager to please as any other working dog, despite being small. They also won't bark just to bark - usually, if they ''are'' trained right, they will only bark when there's something worth barking at. Amusingly, sometimes that means not barking until someone has already walked into the house.
** Dobermans though, have a nasty predisposition towards meningitis, which in early stages makes them snippy, then extremely bad tempered and finally furiously mad.
* The term "dog" is usually used in a negative way in Literature/TheBible. This is probably in reference to the feral scavanger dogs common in Middle Eastern cities for a long time.

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