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->''"[[http://drmcninja.com/archives/comic/18p2 I just realized I have no idea if kittens do that. I'm drawing this cat as if it were my dog.]]"''
-->-- '''AltText''', ''Webcomic/TheAdventuresOfDrMcNinja''

A boy is walking through the woods. Suddenly, he stumbles upon a baby bear! Thinking quickly, the youngster pulls a cookie out of his knapsack and feeds it to the bitty critter. In moments, the bear cub is licking the boy's face, wagging its tail, and fetching sticks.

Of course, in real life the only animals that act like domesticated dogs are... domesticated dogs, though other canids, particularly if they're RaisedByHumans, may exhibit many similar behaviors. The thing about dogs that makes them prime targets for this trope is the same reason dogs and humans get along so well; we share a ''lot'' of body language. Dogs are easy to read because they give nonverbal cues we're programmed to recognize. Other species require you to know how they emote, and you can't expect an audience to be well-versed on, say, how black bears show happiness. Thus when a fictional animal needs to emote, especially nonverbally, it behaves like a dog -- wagging its tail when happy, flattening its ears and slinking away when scolded, etc. The human audience will understand the emotions being expressed and the animal will still have behaved like an animal. Okay, not the ''right'' animal, but still better than [[MostWritersAreHuman out-and-out aping human mannerisms]], right? Or in the cases of creatures like elephants and dinosaurs, it may simply be the RuleOfFunny.

Dinosaurs are among most common animals to fall to this, as a) nobody really knows their ''actual'' mannerisms, and 2) works featuring them tend to be in prehistoric times, before the domestication of the dog, making it possible to pass them off as the [[HorseOfADifferentColor setting's equivalent of a dog]]. Alien animals are also prone to this trope, for much the same reason.

Canines, particularly wolves (of which dogs are a subspecies), have a number of traits that made them amenable to domestication:

* They are social and obey a pack hierarchy.
* They eat almost anything, especially the stuff humans eat.
* They are used to hunting and working in teams.
* They can travel long distances at a slow trot. (Lots of animals can sprint, but very few can keep going for more than a few minutes. Wolves are among the best distance runners on the planet. So are humans... at least, [[TVTropesWillRuinYourLife we were until we started sitting in front of computer monitors all day.]])
* They breed easily but only at intervals.
* They've been around people from the dawn of humanity, scrounging food from human camps, and thus they were the first species to be domesticated.

Modern dogs have tens of thousands of generations of selective breeding for puppy like behavior, friendliness, and obedience to humans. Most other animals do not have all these things and thus, in RealLife, they have no reason to think or act like dogs.

A variation of this trope is [[AllFlyersAreBirds the idea that all birds and other flying animals, whatever their species, will act like domestic species such as chickens or budgies.]]

Subtrope of AllAnimalsAreDomesticated, which is about the feasibility of wild animals being kept as pets ''at all''. DomesticatedDinosaurs is often a subtrope, though not necessarily.



* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=85Nj_AmZAIs&feature=related This]] swimsuit ad portrays a man having a great white shark play fetch with an inflatable ball.
* Invoked at the end of this [[http://youtu.be/0mn79YezBpc commercial]].
* A [=CareConnect=] health insurance ad shows a Porcupine playing fetch and otherwise acting like a dog when a woman "...And Porcupines make good pets".

* The lion statues in Trafalgar Square in London only have the ''heads'' of lions. The sculptor had never seen a lion before and only knew what they looked like from books, so he modeled the bodies on his dog. The statues even have their tongues hanging out like dogs. Although some people can spot the anatomy problems with a closer look (particularly, the paws are too small and it's anatomically impossible for lions to sit the way the statues are), the average person won't notice or will even believe lions and dogs have similar bodies.
* [[http://raizy.deviantart.com/art/The-Lazy-Artist-s-Guide-to-Drawing-Animals-500577257 This chart parodies the trend of a lot of amateur and/or lazy online artists using dogs as the base for every creature.]]
* A lot of old Chinese buildings (temples, palaces, and government offices, as well as the homes of the wealthy) had guardian statues referred to in Chinese as ''shi'', which translates as "lion". An older Western term for them is "foo dogs" or "fu dogs" and the Japanese, who were introduced to them through Korea, called them "Korean dogs". (They are also commonly associated with Okinawa.) To the extent they resemble ''any'' real creature it's about as fair to describe them as "dogs with perms/weird heads" as it is to describe them as lions. [[https://photomarks.wordpress.com/2014/08/24/allerton-park-and-retreat-center/ Examples here, from Robert Allerton Park in central Illinois]]. (Allerton was a huge fu dog fan and built this garden to display his collection.)

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* The ''tokage'' (lizards) are the [[FurryConfusion dog-equivalent species]] in the "[[FurryComic funny animal comic]]" ''ComicBook/UsagiYojimbo'', which is kind of odd since there's at least one ''actual'' dog (who's [[FurryConfusion owned by a panda]]).
* Daniel from ''ComicBook/TheSandman'' encountered Goldie the Gargoyle in Sandman #67, at which he exclaimed "doggie!" Daniel was probably not even two years old then, and may thus have had a very small vocabulary (i.e., all animals are "doggie").
* IDW's ''ComicBook/{{Transformers}}'', Sunstreaker ends up adopting and taming an [[BigCreepyCrawly Insecticon]] he names Bob, who thereafter acts like a pet dog.

[[folder:Eastern Animation]]
* The rhino from the ''Animation/QumiQumi'' episode "The Robot" snarls, licks, and even ''urinates'' like a dog would.
* Guilmon (a fire-breathing, four foot dinosaur/dragon) in ''Anime/DigimonTamers'' acts just as friendly and curious as a young puppy, so much so that Takato's parents believed that he'd snuck home a real pet rather than a digital pet brought to life.

[[folder:Fan Fiction]]
* Quite a few fanfics that make this mistake in regard to horses, including one particularly cringe-worthy one that had a horse ''wagging its tail happily''. [[BigNo Nooooooooooo!!!]] (For those not in the know, if you see a horse wag his tail, he's either swatting flies, about to drop a few RoadApples, or if it's violently lashing its tail may be annoyed or angry, more like a cat than a dog).
* The ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' fanfic ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/3346629/1/ Pokemon Watchers]]'' features a Salamence ([[OurDragonsAreDifferent a dragon-like Pokemon]]) that has the mentality of a puppy. Examples of behavior include chewing on sticks and always wanting to play. Not particularly unreasonable, considering it's ''Pokemon''.
** There's also a fan site that has a ''Gyarados'' that acts like this, even licking its trainer's face on more than one occasion. As long as it's not Haunter...[[note]]When Haunter licks you, you uncontrollably shake until death comes.[[/note]]
* This trope is both turned UpToEleven (even ''humans'' are dogs) and justified in a ''Series/{{Sherlock}}'' fic ''[[https://archiveofourown.org/works/330685/chapters/533662 The Least of All Possible Mistakes]] (NSFW)'' when a [[GenderFlip female]] DI Lestrade applies tips from a dog training book to deal with difficult people like Sherlock and the old-fashioned higher-ups at the Met. Though it may sound a little crazy in summary, when she actually spells it out as "be clear, be consistent, use positive reinforcement… feed him interesting unsolved cold cases when he's reasonably polite; ignore his texts when he's a twat," it sounds very reasonable.
* [[WesternAnimation/MonstersInc Randall]] behaves like this in ''Fanfic/AngelasPetMonster'', but this is justified by the fact that almost every human believes him to be a "[[MixAndMatchCritters Lizog]]", and he has to play along.
* Played with in Fanfic/DividedRainbow. Twilight Sparkle experiments with [[SwappedRoles swapping magic]] on some lab animals: a cat, a dog, a chicken, a mouse, a parakeet, and a beetle, and every one of them gets a chance to ''play'' the dog, when Twilight keeps swapping them into each other's roles.
* Invoked in ''FanFic/RosarioVampireBrightestDarkness Act VI'': After his phoenix summon unleashes a massive wave of fire that just barely misses Arial, Complica, and Sun, and ''doesn't'' miss Dark, Fang Fang actually scolds it as if it were a puppy ("Bad phoenix! Bad, bad phoenix!").
* Kyra's pet fox Rusty in the ''Franchise/KingdomHearts'' fic ''FanFic/{{Reconnected}}'' tends to act like a dog and, at times, a cat, often wagging his tail and barking.

[[folder:Films -- Animated]]
* Franchise/DisneyAnimatedCanon:
** Disney/{{Hercules}} trained Pegasus to "sit" in the Disney animated movie.
** In ''Disney/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame'', Phoebus has taught his horse Achilles to sit. And [[{{Pun}} heel]]. Horses can be trained to sit as depicted in the film, although it's extremely tricky, requires a good trainer and usually doesn't involve a verbal command.
** Despite research with real animals and attempts to avoid it in ''Disney/TheLionKing'', it happens when Scar brings out a zebra leg for the hyenas. They promptly sat up and begged with their tongues hanging out like dogs. There's a bit of FridgeBrilliance when you realize it's to show he's domesticated ''them'' with {{Magnificent Bastard}}ry. Hyenas ''are'' technically distant cousins of dogs, but so distant they're even closer to being cats.
** In ''Disney/{{Aladdin}}'', Princess Jasmine has a pet tiger who behaves similarly to a dog when the princess escapes. He whimpers and puts his head in his paws, like a sad dog might.
** In ''Disney/TheRescuers'', Madam Medusa's two pet alligators track and retrieve Penny, and in a later scene they track the mice by scent.
** Maximus the horse in ''Disney/{{Tangled}}'' takes this trope to its logical extreme. He ''tracks Flynn by following his trail through scent.'' And there's the scene where Rapunzel wins Maximus over. The animators take it to such an extreme that they're obviously playing the whole thing for [[RuleOfFunny the funny]]. In early development, Maximus was a bloodhound, but they changed the species and kept the dog-like body language.
** Although all the dinosaurs in ''Disney/{{Dinosaur}}'' ([[CarnivoreConfusion the herbivores and cute ones, anyway]]) are {{Talking Animal}}s, there is an ankylosaur who can only bark, pant, and wag its tail. The AlternateCharacterInterpretation for some fans is that Url is mentally challenged.
** ''Disney/AtlantisMilosReturn'' featured a lava whale that acted like a puppy.
** ''{{Disney/Frozen}}'' has Kristoff's pet Sven, who pants like a dog, and even ''sits'' when told to (and he's a ''reindeer''.)
** ''{{Disney/Moana}}'' now gives us Pua, a pig who acts like a small, playful puppy.
* Creator/{{Pixar}} examples:
** In ''WesternAnimation/TheGoodDinosaur'' the alternate-reality '''human''' child behaves rather like a puppy.
** Played straight and to the extreme in ''WesternAnimation/WallE'', where a ''cockroach'' behaves like a dog... and somehow manages to be [[RidiculouslyCuteCritter cute]], too.
** In ''WesternAnimation/ABugsLife'', the queen ant has a pet aphid who acts just like a small dog. There's also Thumper the attack grasshopper who acts like an angry guard dog.
** In ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory2'', Bullseye the horse acts much more like a dog, wagging his tail, licking people, coming when called, and whimpering like a dog in the third movie. Which is strange, because the character that is actually a dog, Slinky, does NOT act like this, and Buster, who is a non-toy dog, does. So aside from not being able to tell who is what from appearance alone they play this trope straight, toys are either humans or dogs.
*** The WesternAnimation/ToyStory short ''Toy Story of Terror'' has Mr. Jones, an iguana that behaves like a dog. He wags his tail, pants, fetches, and eats out of a dog bowl with his name on it like a dog.
** ''WesternAnimation/{{Cars}}'' has farm and construction equipment acting like cattle, miniature VW Beetles like insects, miniature aircraft and drones as birds, toy cars as dogs/cats/rodents, and model trains as snakes. This one is justified, though as actual animals don't exist in the setting.
* ''WesternAnimation/HowToTrainYourDragon''. The titular dragon has behaviors borrowed from cats, dogs, horses, and even wombats. Each dragon species has a mix of different animal behaviors. Terrible Terrors purr like cats and vocalize like chihuahuas. Nadders have mostly parrot-like traits, though Stormfly enjoys a good game of fetch. Whether the scratching neck = fall asleep behavior is modeled on dogs or cats is up for debate.
** Toothless does have some more obvious dog-like traits, though - in the short ''Gift of the Night Fury'', his technique for convincing Hiccup to come for a flight is very similar to a dog telling its master it wants to go for a walk. Toothless also wiggles his butt before leaping, plays with lights shining on the ground, and plays with Hiccup by batting at him, like cats do. His penchant for rolling around in the grass is both dog and cat-like: dogs do so because they like the feel of the grass, and cats tend to do this when high on catnip.
* In ''WesternAnimation/ArthurChristmas'' , there is a Reindeer who acts like a dog. He even sticks his head out of the sleigh and wears a cone collar.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheLandBeforeTime'', Spike, the stegosaurus, seems to fit this tropes. He wags his tail when he's happy and shows affection to his friends by licking them. However, Spike isn't intended to be the equivalent of a dog--we're shown that he's just as intelligent as the other dinosaur characters, but simply doesn't prefer to speak. This is proven by the fact that when we see ''other'' stegosauruses in the sequels, they're perfectly articulate (one is even a MotorMouth).
* Mostly avoided in ''WesternAnimation/SpiritStallionOfTheCimarron'', but there are a few instances of horses drinking by lapping up water with their tongues as a dog would. A horse's tongue is too thick to scoop up water like the thinner tongues of dogs and cats; they normally drink by simply dipping their muzzles into the water, unless the water source is so shallow that licking is the only way to get it into their mouths.
* ''{{Khumba}}'' has at least one instance of a African wild dog howling. African wild dogs, despite their name, are a different species than the domestic dog or wolf and do not howl. They don't even sound close to domestic dogs or wolves, instead they [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Whh7mceEIGw make rather bizarre noises.]]
* In ''Film/TheChroniclesOfNarnia,'' the wolves bark, something real wolves rarely do.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheIronGiant'''s hand (when separated from his body) acts a lot like a dog.
* Chuy from ''WesternAnimation/TheBookOfLife'' acts more like a dog than a pig, especially with the way he tears through shoes.
* Inverted in the 2006 animated adaption of ''Music/PeterAndTheWolf,'' which has the wolf bat Peter across the face in a very cat-like way.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* The dinosaurs in ''Film/{{Prehysteria}}'' are playful and friendly just like dogs.
* As documented in the film ''Film/GrizzlyMan'', a fox allowed Timothy Treadwell to pet and feed it, and would frequently come to Treadwell's tent to play with him (it also stole his hat). Dog-like behavior in a fox actually makes some sense, as it's a member of the dog family. The bears in the movie, meanwhile, are definitively ''not'' an example of this trope, and for all his... eccentricities, Treadwell seemed to at least be aware of this.
* Subverted in ''Franchise/JurassicPark''. Nedry, trying to pull his jeep out of the mud, encounters a ''Dilophosaurus'', which he regards as nonthreatening and rather cute but stupid. He tries to throw a stick and play 'fetch' with it, but the dinosaur [[RealityEnsues does what any reptile or bird would do]]: it simply watches the stick fly away with mild interest, then turns back to Nedry. [[spoiler:Turns out it's not stupid - it's hungry. [[KillerRabbit And it's a carnivore. Nedry was incorrect when he told the dinosaur that he had no food.]]]]
** Played straight in ''Film/JurassicWorld'', though. Owen's raptor pack behaves like a pack of canines- with Owen as the alpha, and Blue as the beta. They respond to Owen's verbal and visual training cues just like canines would. They even beg for food and eat it just like dogs do- as well as wag their tails. Of course, ''Deinonychus'' (what the movie raptors are actually called) are speculated to have been pack hunters like wolves.
* ''Film/NightAtTheMuseum'' features a Tyrannosaurus Rex skeleton that chases after a bone (one of its own ribs!) and wags its tail. Being a comedy for young audiences, the film includes a healthy dose of RuleOfFunny.
* [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] and taken to the comic extreme in the new version of ''Film/TheShaggyDog'' - several genetically engineered lab animals behave like domesticated dogs. Even a ''snake'' wags a tail and licks faces.
* ''Film/ShanghaiNoon'' featured a horse who knew "sit" and probably a few other commands. Played for laughs, as it's a partial parody of the Improbably Well-Trained Horse common to a lot of Westerns.
* Tara tries to pass of FT as a dog in ''Film/AttackOfTheKillerTomatoes'' as a LameExcuse for her pet tomato. Oddly no one's fooled. In the [[AnimatedAdaptation animated series]] the excuse that FT is ''Chad's'' dog is bought because AdultsAreUseless.
* Yoshi acts like a guard dog in the ''Film/SuperMarioBros'' Movie, albeit one with a very long tongue.
* In ''Film/TheNeverendingStory'', Falkor the Luckdragon has a doglike head and likes being scratched behind the ear. In the book, he was described as having more of a lion-like appearance.
* In ''Film/TheWizardOfOz'', Bert Lahr's Cowardly Lion says "woof" a couple of times.
* Fizzgig Jen's pet from ''Film/TheDarkCrystal'', he barks, pants, and growls like a dog.
* In ''{{Film/Riddick}}'', Riddick befriends one of the first aliens that attacks him. It's essentially a giant dog. Possibly descended from actual dogs, given appearance and behavior, and the fact that humans have clearly been to the planet before.
* In ''Film/AntMan'' [[spoiler: the enlarged ant]] is mistaken for a weird-looking dog by one of the cops, and Cassie is later shown feeding it table scraps.
* ''Film/JohnCarter'', the eponymous hero befriends a toad-like alien that acts exactly like a dog.
** As noted below in the Literature section, in the original source material calots are described as having been domesticated by the Martians in a parallel to the way dogs were domesticated by humans, and they play a similar role to Earthly "working dogs" (guard animals and companion hunters).

* OlderThanFeudalism: In Apollonius of Rhodes's ''The Voyage of the Argo'' (3rd century B.C.E.) after Jason and the Argonauts make a sacrifice to the god(dess) of the mountain, "beasts left their lairs and thickets and came to them with wagging tails."
* Creator/EdgarRiceBurroughs:
** In ''Literature/{{Pellucidar}}'', David Innes is attacked by hyaenodons, only to turn around and rescue one that pursues him over a seaside cliff. Not only is the creature so grateful as to save Innes from enemies, but it meekly submits to handling when wounded, and ''convinces its mate'' to behave like an overgrown, obedient guard dog.
** In ''[[Literature/JohnCarterOfMars A Princess of Mars]]'', John Carter explicitly treats the guard animal set on him like a hound, to win it over. In this case the Martian "calot" is at least domesticated and seems to fulfill a similar social function to a dog, even to the extent that Martians call someone a "son of a calot" in place of "son of a bitch."
* In Robert Newcomb's ''[[Literature/ChroniclesOfBloodAndStone The Fifth Sorceress]]'', the main character has a horse... which he taught to play fetch.
* Parodied/referenced in Creator/TerryPratchett's ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' with werewolves, who act an awful lot like dogs. The reasoning is that a dog is what you get when you take a wolf's mind and mix in some human. The werewolves tend to hate baths, react badly to the word ''vet,'' and less aggressive ones get the urge to slink out of the room when scolded. It's actually a plot point in ''Discworld/TheFifthElephant'', in which a werewolf catches [[spoiler:a lit signal flare rocket]] in his (human form) teeth because it was tossed at him like a stick.
** Firmly subverted with Gavin the wolf, who very slowly and deliberately bites a stick ''in half'' when Carrot tosses it to him. Badass wolves do ''not'' kiss up to humans by playing fetch with them, thank you.
** Exaggerated/parodied in ''Discworld/GuardsGuards'' when Lady Ramkin tells a 70-foot-long, fire-breathing, man-eating dragon to sit... it does... she calls it a good boy and offers it a charcoal biscuit... and it listens to her, right up until she breaks eye contact to look in her pockets for the biscuit.
* Averted in Creator/GordonRDickson's novel ''Wolf and Iron''. In the foreword, the author relates that the original short story had the titular wolf acting like a dog. A reviewer gave him grief about it, so when he expanded it to a novel he made the wolf more, uh, wolflike.
** ''Wolf and Iron'' was originally a 1974 short story, "In Iron Years". There, the creature really was a dog.
* Used in one Literature/ChooseYourOwnAdventure ''Literature/{{Goosebumps}}'' book ("Attack of the Purple Peanut Butter"), one of the Monster Blood ones. One of the good endings involved a lizard eating grow-cake, happily retrieving sticks and lashing its long, scaly tail, even when it got to the size of a house. You can bring it home as your bodyguard and "pet dinosaur."
* In Barry Andrew Chambers's western ''Rattler'' the main character's horse acts exactly like a dog. This is somewhat handwaved by saying Pandora was in the circus... but then the main character also feeds her pancakes, a blueberry pie, beef jerky, and chocolate indicating he's not even very familiar with dogs, let alone horses. Chocolate is toxic to both species. Even if it would take a fair amount to actually kill something the size of a horse, Pandora should have still been violently ill afterward. Most people wouldn't risk feeding any amount to either animal.
* The highly venomous snake Zith in ''Literature/TheMalloreon'' readily befriends humans who stroke or feed her, purrs when happy, and shivers in cold weather. Also gives birth to live young, which though it sounds surprising, isn't as inaccurate as the rest. Quite a few snakes (many of them venomous; vipers got their name ''because'' of it) actually do give birth to live young.
** It's at least established the Nyissans have been trying to domesticate snakes for somewhere over six thousand years, that snakes basically filled the agriculture-pest control niche cats normally would have, and that their god ensured the presence of unusually intelligent "natural" stock to work with. Zith is an expensive and rare pedigree; some catlike behaviour isn't implausible.
* Literature/YoungWizards, in ''Wizards of Mars'', has giant alien scorpion creatures that behave like pet dogs in every way their physiology allows. Justified in that they're ''alien'' creatures and probably have a similar shared history with their dominant species as dogs do with humans.
* Played straight with Gleep, the baby dragon from ''Literature/MythAdventures''; justified because [[spoiler: Gleep is actually a sentient being operating via ObfuscatingStupidity, and deliberately acts so dog-like because it assists his charade and his relationship with Skeeve]]. Lampshaded in the short story "Mything in Dreamland", in which Gleep is transformed into a large shaggy dog by ambient magic, and Skeeve remarks that it's a shape that really suits him.
* Though Saphira in ''Literature/InheritanceCycle'' is very much dragon, she nevertheless demonstrates dog and cat-like behaviors that author Christopher Paolini admitted were based on animals he grew up around.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/{{Bones}}'' often fails at animal behavior in ways similar to this, including Dr. Brennan picking up a (presumably wild) mother rat from the corpse of a victim without being savagely attacked by it, and the "feral" cats eating a victim's corpse not only not scattering the moment a human arrives on the scene, but allowing themselves to be picked up. While it fails slightly less with the opossum eating a victim's corpse in another episode, there's still the fact that the opossum would remain in the "playing dead" state for a fairly long time (sometimes hours) before coming out of it. It wouldn't simply wake up and trundle off as in the show.
* ''Series/GameOfThrones'':
** Subverted by the dragons, who are cute, obedient pets at first but become fiercer and harder to control as they grow.
** The Stark direwolves behave just like very large dogs, regardless of Qhorin's claims that a wild thing that can never truly be known. A little magic may be involved.
* Averted/lampshaded in ''Series/{{Primeval}}'' episode 1.4, with two characters trying to find a lizard.
-->'''Connor:''' He knows the sound of my voice. I'm thinking he might come running.
-->'''Abby:''' He's a lizard, not a golden retriever!
** Averted in episode 4.6. Some hyaenodons come through an anomaly. They exhibit some extremely dog like behavior, yet they are still extremely aggressive. They turned out not to act very much like pet dogs.
* In ''Series/VanPires'', Greaspot is a neon plastic tricycle that is the Team Pet of the Motor-Vators, who acts like a dog. Yes, even transforming mecha is a dog.
* The eponymous protagonist of ''Series/{{House}}'' points out the danger of this kind of thinking when a young patient at the hospital insists on calling her teddy bear a teddy dog, which leads to the famous House [[OncePerEpisode silent eureka moment]].
* ''Series/SkippyTheBushKangaroo'', of course!! Both the original version and the nineties rip off are based on this trope. It's the Australian Lassie. What's that Skip? * Kangaroo nose twitch * Timmy fell down a well? * nose twitch* "No, you accidentally disemboweled him?". Also, giving kangaroos propensity to become roadkill, maybe they'd have been better off gluing a pouch and some metal springs on to an actual dog, and calling it a kangaroo.
* In the BBC SpeculativeDocumentary ''My Pet Dinosaur'', they had [[ArtisticLicensePaleontology cat-sized bipedal sauropods]] as the equivalent of dogs. The sauropod was even named [[WesternAnimation/TheFlintstones Dino]].
* In ''Series/TheSuiteLifeOnDeck'' Bailey has a pet pig that acts more like a dog; it even wins an intelligence/obedience contest against London's dog in one episode.
* The ''Series/DoctorWho'' episode "Dinosaurs on a Spaceship" has a triceratops that sniffs people curiously, licks someone's face, plays fetch with golf balls (supposedly because they smell like plant matter), and even ''sits'' just like a trained dog after only a few minutes of contact with humans.
* {{Deconstructed}} in ''Series/MyCatFromHell''. The cat behaviorist, Jackson Galaxy, has repeatedly had to deal with people attempting to treat their cats like they would a dog, both in play and in their attempts to discipline them. Since cats behave very differently from dogs, this only exacerbates problems and doesn't help anything.
* Spot in ''Series/TheMunsters'' is a dragon, but is treated like a dog for all practical purposes. Inverted with Kitty, their cat; looks like a normal cat but acts like a lion.
** The [[DuelingShows rival series]] ''Series/TheAddamsFamily'' on the other hand has the opposite example: they have a pet lion that acts like a cat.

[[folder:Multiple Media]]
* In ''Toys/{{Bionicle}}'', Pewku the Ussal Crab had a tendency to pounce on Takua and lick his face.

[[folder:Newspaper Comics]]
* One ''ComicStrip/TheFarSide'' strip depicts a pet rhino wagging its tail when it sees that the new next-door neighbors have a pet rhino as well.
* Played with in a famous cartoon in ''Magazine/{{Punch}}'' that showed an old lady boarding a railway carriage with her various pets (only one of which is a dog), and arguing with the conductor about a rule that passengers had to pay extra if their dog was travelling with them. The caption was "[[FunetikAksent Cats is 'Dogs' and rabbits is 'Dogs' and so's parrats; but this here tortoise is a h-insect so there ain't no charge for it.]]"
* ComicStrip/PhoebeAndHerUnicorn has a varient, Marigold (the unicorn) sometimes acts like a cat.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''VideoGame/DonkeyKongCountry''
** The Klaptraps in ''VideoGame/DonkeyKong64'' behave like dogs, a characteristic not seen in any prior incarnations.
** In ''VideoGame/DonkeyKongCountry1'' and ''VideoGame/DonkeyKongCountry2DiddysKongQuest'', Rambi the rhino pants like a dog if you let him stand still for a few seconds. The armadillo enemy Army also does this in the first game.
* Hamous, a character from ''VideoGame/JaggedAlliance 2'', calls out "Dog!" when he spots one of the cougar-like bloodcats.
* ''Sims 2: Pets'' has several examples worth mentioning:
** The wolves are pretty much just large dogs, some of which can turn your sim into a werewolf. Their aggression stats are maxed, they're more destructive and their friendly/unfriendly score is low, traits that tend to carry through to their descendants.
*** One of the horror movies your sims can choose to watch is a werewolf flick. The heroine starts playing fetch with the werewolf.
** Cats also act remarkably dog-like in that Sims can use the same training methods. Another use of generic animals is in the bird cage object; you can stock it with a falcon that will still act exactly like a parrot.
* Prince Tricky, in ''VideoGame/StarFoxAdventures'' will stay, come to you, dig on cue, and play with a ball. All while wagging his tail.
* There are the aptly-named Houndeyes from ''VideoGame/HalfLife1'', which look like the back half of a dog with a zillion eyes planted in the torso stump. Despite only having three legs, they run like an eager puppy, and their call sounds a little like barking simulated by a really cheap synthesizer. In fact, a Houndeye was originally supposed to be an animal companion for the player, following you around for most of the game. This was scrapped when play testers kept shooting the thing anyway, probably because of how alien and hideous the thing is.
* ''VideoGame/TheSims4'' does with foxes and raccoons, which are simply considered breeds of dogs and cats, respectfully.
* ''VideoGame/Spyro2RiptosRage'' features a mission in which you must help feed a snow leopard fish, after which it will follow you back to its owner. If you stop moving at this point, the leopard will sit down like a dog and begin to purr.
** In ''[[VideoGame/SpyroYearOfTheDragon Year of the Dragon]]'', there is a similar quest in which you retrieve someone's pet wolf pup, which doesn't follow you around; instead, you have to throw its ball to get it where you want it to go. To be fair, the wolf ''is'' fairly young.
* In ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaLinksAwakening'', a lady named Madam [=MeowMeow=] had three tame "dog-like" creatures that highly resembled Chain Chomps from the ''Mario'' series (the Japanese version just straight-up refers to them as such [[note]]The name of the creatures, "[=BowWow=]", is a direct translation of "Wanwan", the Japanese name of Chain Chomps.[[/note]]). While they appeared to be steel balls with eyes and teeth, they would bark and yip, could smell buried treasure with acute senses, and Madam [=MeowMeow=] even commented on the fine quality of their "fur". You could even take one of them, Bow Wow for a walk on its chain leash. Ironically, actual canines called "mutts" existed, one being seen wandering about right next to Bow Wow. Considering that Chain Chomps in the ''Mario'' games were based off of an aggressive dog that frightened Miyamoto as a child, however, it does kind of make sense.
* As mentioned, Chain-Chomps in the ''Mario'' series bark and behave like dogs, one even thanking Mario by giving him a Star if you let him off his leash. It's rumored that Miyamoto got the idea to make Chain-Chomps when he was almost mauled by a dog as a little boy, and was only saved when the canine's leash turned out to be just too short to reach him.
* Averted in ''VideoGame/MonsterHunter'', many of the wyverns and dragons have feline characteristics, rather than canine. Tigrex, Nargacuga, Teostra, and Lunastra spring readily to mind. Your character plays the part of the cat's favorite ball of string.
** Barioth takes this to another level, essentially being a winged and wide-tailed sabertooth tiger. Unless you've got buddies, bring a small weapon or run as if you're a mouse running from a tomcat. Because, essentially, you are.
* In the remakes of ''VideoGame/PokemonGoldAndSilver'', the first 'mon in the party follows the player around and can be interacted with on the field screen. Much of the behavior described when Monster and Dragon group 'mons are spoken to is very dog-like, such as sniffing at the ground and barking.
** The anime does this too. One of the ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' movies, ''Anime/PokemonRangerAndTheTempleOfTheSea'', had a family owning a Buizel [[EarlyBirdCameo even though the cast is still in Hoenn]]. The Buizel showed a particular liking to Max, and licked his face near the beginning. Interestingly, no other Buizel seen in the show ever acts like this. In the Kalos arc, the Rhyhorn that Serena's family use in races also act like big, affectionate puppies.
* In ''VideoGame/RedDeadRedemption'' you can find wolves out in the wilderness - even if you haven't spotted them you can detect them from their constant barking. Sources vary, but as a rule wolves either never bark or only bark a few times when they've been surprised.
* In ''VideoGame/PuttPutt and Pep's Dog on a Stick'', one of the enemies is a tiger. If you come in contact with it, he grabs Pep and starts licking his face endlessly, until he gets rescued by Putt-Putt. You can actually make it go on even longer if you wait on the title screen long enough. If you're experienced with ScummVM's debugger, you can make the tiger lick him on the title screen forever.
* ''VideoGame/PajamaSam 2'' has a ''vacuum cleaner'' that acts like a dog. No, really.
* ''VideoGame/TheMaw'' acts like a dog while his tongue is constantly hanging out of his mouth.
* Slogs and sloglings from the ''VideoGame/{{Oddworld}}'' series behave much like dogs and puppies (vicious, mean ones) for the Slig mooks. They will chase after meat and bones if you throw them and will chase down and maul anyone if given a command from one of their masters (often the trick to get past them involves possessing a Slig, having him call to the nearby Slogs and then gun them down as they blindly run at the possessed mook).
* In Videogame/StarWarsTheOldRepublic, there's a background conversation about the zoo animals breaking out of their cages during the ongoing civil war. The father was scared, the daughter loved it because she got to pet all the animals, including the 3-meter long carnivorous feline Nexu.
* Inverted in ''Videogame/TokyoJungle''. All carnivores, dogs included, can use their claws during a fight, like a cat.
* Varren from ''Franchise/MassEffect'' are large, four-legged creatures that look half-dog, half-fish. They bark, bite, and can be tamed. They are generally used as guard/attack dogs, and their resemblance to dogs is brought up with the in-universe nickname of "Fishdogs".
* In ''Videogame/{{Okami}}'', you can make your character, the wolf god Amaterasu, bark like a dog on command. Real wolves rarely bark, and their barks are not the same as a dog bark, being different in both sound and function.
* ''VideoGame/PlantsVsZombies2ItsAboutTime'': The ''TyrannosaurusRex'' from [[OneMillionBC Jurassic Marsh]] acts like a dog, sitting on all fours, sticking its tongue out and panting, and wagging its tail repeatedly. In the [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dBDZXE2W3LM Jurassic Marsh Part 2 Trailer]], it even "fetches" a missile launched by the world's boss.
* In ''Manor Memoirs'' Scarlett's cat happily chases and fetches a ball, as well as obeying commands like "Come."
* ''VideoGame/TheLastGuardian'' features Trico, whose behavior resembles that of an abused dog that slowly overcomes its trauma as the story progresses. Trico is an enormous ''[[OurGryphonsAreDifferent gryphon]]''.

[[folder:Web Animation]]
* ''WebAnimation/StarCrafts'' uses this depiction for some of the Zerg. Zerglings are portrayed as energetic puppies, including dragging home enemies to bury them and even being leashed in one episode. Ultralisks meanwhile are large, clumsy dogs that run around with their tongue hanging out.

* ''Webcomic/{{Freefall}}'' features Florence Ambrose, a "Bowman's Wolf" (an [[HumanoidAnimals anthropomorphic wolf]]). Bowman's Wolves are genetically engineered canines with a bit of human mixed in (figure of speech, don't get your panties in a twist), so they have a number of extremely dog-like reactions (in one strip, Florence's first reaction when she tries to put her weight on an injured leg is to yelp loudly, like a dog. She criticizes herself, focuses, and then tries again, muttering "ow ooh ooh ow aargh ow" under her breath). She also has a nearly insuppressible ball chasing reflex. RuleOfFunny clearly applies, and the fact that she spent her first few years essentially as a family dog before she mastered speech and bipedal posture probably factors in, too. And when any robot sees her, it shouts "Doggie!"
* Played with in [[http://keychain.patternspider.net/archive/koc0199.html this]] ''Webcomic/KeychainOfCreation'' comic. Apparently, not even the Chosen of Luna are wholly immune. It's hardly common knowledge, but domesticated foxes are actually pretty avid ball-chasers. Foxes don't get domesticated often, though, because they. Um. [[SmellySkunk Smell]].
* In ''Webcomic/TheInexplicableAdventuresOfBob,'' Molly's pet alien "tentacle bunny" Snookums acts like a fairly intelligent dog, for the most part (although he hops like a bunny).
* In ''Webcomic/TheAdventuresOfDrMcNinja'', Judy gets a [[http://drmcninja.com/archives/comic/18p2 kitten]] with very uncatlike behavior. Apparently because the writer only knows how dogs act.
* In ''Webcomic/WapsiSquare'', Bud's pet [[http://wapsisquare.com/comic/awful-stench/ giant sea monster thing]] named Stinky, likes to [[http://wapsisquare.com/comic/play-thing/ play fetch with an anchor.]]
* ''Webcomic/{{Pibgorn}}'': [[http://www.gocomics.com/pibgorn/2011/02/25/ A bumblebee]]
* In ''Webcomic/NipAndTuck'', [[https://web.archive.org/web/20130830064927/http://www.rhjunior.com/NT/Images/00110.gif the young bull was walked like a dog.]]
* Toribio, the restaurant pet from ''Webcomic/RestauranteMacoatl'', it’s a small bull who acts like a dog.
* In ''Webcomic/{{Sinfest}}'', [[http://www.sinfest.net/view.php?date=2009-07-17 the book]].
* Inverted in [[https://web.archive.org/web/20130527192805/http://www.overcompensating.com/posts/20130226.html this]] issue of Webcomic/{{Overcompensating}}, where Weedmaster P thinks every animal is just a different type of cat.
* ''WebComic/DragonBallMultiverse'': Or cats, in this case. It's revealed in the novelization that the Vargas enjoy being scratched and will start purring.
* The current page image is Blue the Triceratops from ''Webcomic/DawnOfTime''.
* The creator of ''Webcomic/SlightlyDamned'' made [[http://www.furaffinity.net/view/15240946/ this]] parody of artists' tendency to make every animal look like a dog. (Otherwise unrelated to her comic.)
* In ''Webcomic/{{Runners}}'', a thoroughly bored Bocce meets some strange alien wolves and they immediately start playing fetch. [[spoiler: Later on, he uses them as sleigh dogs for the purpose of BigDamnHeroes.]]

[[folder:Web Original]]
* ''WebVideo/AnalystBroniesReact'': [=AnY=] points out an inversion in ''Equestria Girls: Friendship Games''. Dog Spike shows agility that should fit cats, not dogs.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'', Batman and Catwoman encounter a vicious black panther. When Catwoman tames it, it starts playfully licking her like a dog. Though big cats do this as a sign of affection, their tongues are so rough that bare human skin will ''bleed'' from getting licked too much; think of how rough and ticklish a ''house cat's'' tongue is when it licks you, and multiply that several times. The saber-toothed cat that appears later on in this episode does the same thing.
* In ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'', it is subverted in an episode where Kim and Ron need to enter a dog show to gain access to a thief's home. Rufus needed to be taught how to act like a dog.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheBackyardigans'' has a couple of examples, such as the Angriest Clam (called "Clammy" by Pablo) during "Legend of the Volcano Sisters", and Boy during "Caveman's Best Friend".
* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheBraveAndTheBold''
** Aquaman's pet dolphin Fluke acts exactly like a dog, from his panting to his love of attention to playing fetch with Aquaman.
** Platet (who isn't) also acts this way. And responds to Aquaman's fish-telepathy. This causes The Atom no end of consternation.
* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond'', the sound manipulating villain Shriek releases a high-frequency sound similar to a dog whistle all over Gotham City. ''All'' non-humans are affected, including a ''gorilla''. Think about that one for a minute. [[spoiler: If there's a noise audible to primates that is high-pitched enough to make primates go nuts, it'd naturally be affecting the humans too.]]
** Disney's ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfTarzan'' series makes the same mistake, and on the same species to boot.
* In the pilot episode of ''WesternAnimation/CaptainPlanetAndThePlaneteers'', a walrus starts licking one of the Planeteers' faces around the end.
* In a classic ''WesternAnimation/{{Casper}}'' cartoon, a baby fox behaves exactly like a puppy.
* This is one of the reasons why the ''WesternAnimation/ChipNDaleRescueRangers'' episode "Prehysterical Pet" is a carnival of FurryConfusion. It features a small creature that Dale doesn't even have to ''teach'' the usual dog tricks. (Steggy behaves more like a dog than most dogs in the show, and so do Nimnul's robot dogs in ''Catteries Not Included''.) Steggy is [[spoiler:not only intelligent, but in fact an alien animal with his own egg-shaped star ship who traveled to Earth to find out what happened to his brethren -- he is a miniature Stegosaurus (this particular episode was truly epic in its [[BizarroEpisode insanity]] and [[ArtisticLicensePaleontology the amount of times the rules of paleontology are blatantly ignored]]). He temporarily dumbs down during the episode, but he does not forget the dog tricks.]]
* The case of Dino from ''WesternAnimation/TheFlintstones'' cannot be ignored here, though he was [[HorseOfADifferentColor that setting's equivalent of a dog]].
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}'' has Bronx and other gargoyle beasts, which look only somewhat dog like but bark and howl. WordOfGod holds that they are to gargoyles what chimpanzees are to humans, and considering that they seem to understand everything being said to them - "I'm going to call you Bronx! How do you like that?" "Bronx, find Elisa!" - this makes some sense.
* Donkey from ''WesternAnimation/{{Shrek}}'' is animated with a style of movement that combines traits from that of a dog and that of a donkey thanks to RuleOfFunny.
** Similarly, the horses in ''WesternAnimation/SpiritStallionOfTheCimarron'' sometimes act like a strange mix of horse, wolf, and [[CartoonyEyes human]].
* Happened in one ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom'' episode; a ''sphinx'' behaved like a dog when Tucker managed to command it.
* In the widely-panned ''WesternAnimation/SonicUnderground'', Knuckles had a pet dinosaur called Chomps who acted exactly in this manner, unless his master was using him to threaten thieves off the island.
* Taz's pet turtle, Dog, in ''WesternAnimation/TazMania''. He's a turtle who was ''raised'' by dogs, and acts just like one. [[{{Cloudcuckooland}} Not one part of that is treated as odd]].
** ''WesternAnimation/TheLooneyTunesShow'' turns this around by having ''Taz'' be the one acting like a dog for Bugs. Although in this case it's less a question of inbuilt behavior and more the fact that "Bugs Bunny's dog" is his cover identity so he doesn't get shipped back to the zoo.
* And speaking of ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}'', a major running gag is that Runt will bristle with faux bravado at the mere mention of a cat, yet thinks his feline friend Rita is a dog. (This is only Runt's perspective, though; Rita doesn't particularly act like a dog and doesn't even try.)
** Rita pretends to be a dog in a small part of one of the songs in "Witch Hunt," but it's only because of extenuating circumstances -- the villain of that episode was rounding up cats, believing them to be witches.
** Wakko Warner would sometimes behave like a dog from time to time; walking on all fours, doing tricks for treats, etc.
* Justified on ''WesternAnimation/DextersLaboratory'' when Dexter creates a T-Rex with the actual brain of a dog.
* On ''WesternAnimation/JimmyTwoShoes'' a creature called a poodle rat is introduced as some sort of household pet. However, when [[MadScientist Heloise]] begins showing it affection, it acts like a dog.
* ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'':
** One WesternAnimation/PorkyPig short, ''Prehistoric Porky'', had the protagonist own a DINOSAUR named Rover.
** The caveman in "WesternAnimation/DaffyDuck and the Dinosaur" has a similar pet and sics him on Daffy like a hunting hound.
* Parodied in ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' when Milhouse confuses a ''horseshoe crab'' with a dog after losing his glasses and pets it, causing the [[StarfishAlien strange ancient sea creature]] to... [[UglyCute cutely wag its tail]].
** In one episode, Homer and Marge try to sneak into Judge Harm's home, which turns out to be a houseboat. And instead of an AngryGuardDog, she has a seal that behaves exactly like one.
** On one occasion, when Santa's Little Helper isn't home, Bart tries to walk the cat but the cat refuses to move, the usual behavior for cats in this case.
** Another episode has Homer try raising and fattening a small lobster for a full meal as a money saving method. However the lobster starts displaying this behaviour, playing with Homer and even wagging it's tail before him, leading to Homer backing out of the plan and making "Pinchy" his pet. This only makes it all the more heartbreaking when Homer accidentally boils him alive. He still eats him, but sobs in despair throughout the entire meal.
* Used in ''[[WesternAnimation/TotalDramaIsland Total Drama World Tour]]'' when local DeadpanSnarker Noah suddenly starts treating a Sasquatch like a dog, playing the 'invisible ball' game by miming playing catch, the Sasquatch immediately drops down onto four legs and starts panting happily like a dog, Noah then pretends to throw the imaginary ball off-scree to lure the Sasquatch away from his team. Somehow, it works, with Noah explaining that it always worked on his dog back home.
** Happens InUniverse in the SpinOff ''WesternAnimation/TotalDramaPresentsTheRidonculousRace'' where [=MacArthur=] tries to tame a rhino by pretending that it's a dog.
* Honk, the little wild boar thing that follows Jack around acts like a dog in ''WesternAnimation/Xyber9NewDawn''.
* In ''WesternAnimation/HeyArnold'' the title character had a pet pig named Abner who behaved more like a dog. In one episode when Abner gets lost though, Ernie questioned this trope, saying that "Pigs aren't dogs" doubting Abner can find his way back the same way a dog can.
* ''WesternAnimation/JonnyQuest'' TOS
** "Turu The Terrible" had the Quests encounter a trained attack pteranodon.
** "Dragons of Ashida," where the eponymous genetically engineered killer lizards obey Sumi emphatically, even though they are explicitly stated to be savage killers that willingly devour each other, and kill Ashida himself off-screen.
* The ''WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated'' short "Catch" consists of Bulkhead playing fetch with the Dinobot Grimlock, whose alt mode is a Tyrannosaurus rex.
* One of the much newer ''WesternAnimation/TomAndJerry'' shorts had the titular pair come across a triceratops that did such things as fetch Frisbees (the Frisbee being Jerry) doing tricks, and panting like a dog.
* Gaston the ladybird in ''WesternAnimation/BenAndHollysLittleKingdom'' is Ben Elf's dog. Except when he's Ben's [[AutomatonHorse motorbike]].
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' plays with this trope. Sometimes the ponies exhibit very equine behaviour (such as snorting noisily when angry or pawing at the ground), but at other times they behave more like humans, dogs or other animals (even fainting goats). Oddly, when they are poised to run, they crouch like dogs, but when they're actually running, they gallop like horses.
** In a variant, [[BigGood Princess Celestia's]] pet bird (who also turns out to be [[spoiler:a phoenix]]), Philomina, acts similarly to a parrot, right down to [[spoiler:being smart enough to mess with Fluttershy's head]]. She can't talk though.
** This trope is also apparently exists as a mental disorder in ''[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E16ReadItAndWeep Read it and Weep]]'', where we have a [[MadnessMakeover clearly insane]] pony barking like a dog that (supposedly) lives in a mental ward.
** ''Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E24MysteryOnTheFriendshipExpress'' subverts this with the scene where Pinkie Pie wakes up and scratches her ear like a dog. Although it's PlayedForLaughs ''young horses actually do this'', making this FridgeBrilliance when you consider how child-minded Pinkie really is.
** ''[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS4E19TradeYa Trade Ya]]'' features a scene where it's played completely straight for the sake of [[RuleOfCute pure cuteness]]. One little filly approaches Twilight Sparkle and is so excited to meet her that [[https://derpicdn.net/img/view/2014/5/6/619234.gif she starts wagging her tail]].
* In the [[WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants SpongeBob]] universe, worms are the equivalent of dogs. They do things like barking and playing fetch. Snails, likewise, behave like cats.
** "Plankton's Pet" has Plankton adopt an amoeba/water bear from the pound that behaves like a dog, including barking, fetching, and performing tricks such as rolling over or shaking.
* On ''WesternAnimation/TheHive'', a series about a family of anthropomorphic bees, Buzzbee's grandparents have a pet flea named Jump who beehaves just like a dog, yipping, fetching and tracking.
* The third act of the ''WesternAnimation/MrBogus'' episode "[[Recap/MrBogusS2E4BookstoreBogus Bookstore Bogus]]" featured a giant bug who behaved this way in a prehistoric setting.
* WesternAnimation/DuckDodgers has the titular character taming a rampaging space dragon by treating it as an overgrown puppy in the episode "Hooray For Hollywood Planet."
* In the ''WesternAnimation/MightyMax'' episode "Zygote's Rhythm" when Max's pet iguana Thor gets hit by an evolution ray he becomes a dinosaur and his behavior becomes similar to that of a dog such as licking Max with affection, panting, wagging his tail, and being lured with treats.
* On ''WesternAnimation/WallyKazam'', Wally's dragon Norville barks and otherwise behaves like a dog in many ways.
* Ship from ''WesternAnimation/{{Ben 10}}'' acts like a dog, even though he is a techno-organic alien blob spawned from another blob with human intelligence. Also, in Ultimate Alien, Kevin meets a fish on a water planet that can walk around on land and yips like a small dog.
* In one episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheFlaminThongs'', Holden starts training a diprotodon (a giant prehistoric wombat). He teaches it basic dog tricks like sit, fetch, roll over, etc., all of which Womby happily learns.
* In the WesternAnimation/MickeyMouse short ''Gasp'', Gubbles the fish is this to ridiculous extremes. He eats out of a bowl, is fed dog treats, and is trained to sit, roll over and ''bark'' by Mickey.
* One episode of ''WesternAnimation/{{Jem}}'' has a fox barking, whining, and playing fetch like a dog. He seems to be one of the side-characters pets. While efforts to domesticate foxes exist, they still don't act like dogs and this episode was from TheEighties.
* In the ''WanderOverYonder'' episode "The Birthday Boy," Wander is able to save himself from a charging bull-like creature by offering it dog biscuits, causing it to react like a friendly puppy.
* In ''WesternAnimation/MikeLuAndOg'', Lu walks around her pet turtle Lancelot in a leash. There are even two scenes in the episode "Palm Pet" where he attempts to hike his leg near Mike's pet palm tree Petey in order to mark his territory.
* Shep from ''WesternAnimation/GeorgeOfTheJungle''; George being a {{Cloudcuckoolander}}, he actually thinks Shep ''is'' a dog. Shep was an African elephant (although in the movie he was portrayed by an Indian elephant), who are infamously untamable compared to their Indian counterparts, and even they act nothing like dogs. ''Definitely'' RuleOfFunny in this case.
* In "The Egg" on ''WesternAnimation/GoldieAndBear'', the baby dragon, "Skippy," that hatches from the egg which Goldie & Bear discover barks, wags his tail, plays fetch, and otherwise generally behaves like a dog.
* On ''WesternAnimation/JoJosCircus'', Goliath is a lion and even has some degree of sentience, despite being [=JoJo=]'s pet. Despite this, he sometimes makes barking or yipping noises and does other dog-like things.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Detentionaire}}'' [[SubvertedTrope subverts]] this in one episode where a worried Biffy loses track of Lee and tries to get his cat to [[TheyHaveTheScent follow Lee's scent]] like a tracking dog. Instead, Mr. Rumplekittykat just curls up in Lee's shirt and falls asleep. The Tazelwurm also generally behaves pretty realistically for a fictional reptilian creature, with the occasional exception of licking people's faces in greeting.
* Data 7, the cyborg jaguar in ''WesternAnimation/{{Cybersix}}'', displays a few doglike traits, including licking Cybersix's face on multiple occasions.
* In one episode of ''WesternAnimation/StargateInfinity'', Seattle Montoya temporarily adopts a small [[CuteKitten cat-like]] alien. However, it acts more like a dog than a cat-- it licks people's faces, plays "fetch", and buries its favorite toys.
* If ghosts count, Slimer in ''WesternAnimation/TheRealGhostbusters'' acts like a dog (especially when he begs for food with his tong out or when he strokes the ghostbusters' legs). He became more human-like in behavior as seasons progressed.
* Tootsie the Triceratops in ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales1987'' is [[CousinOliver Bubba]]'s pet Triceratops and behaves like a dog.
* The Monster Across the Street in ''WesternAnimation/{{Beetlejuice}}'' has a small bull-like creature as pet, but still acts like a dog.
* In ''WesternAnimation/MummiesAlive'' Ammut, Scarab's pet hybrid thing. Has the behavior of a dog but actually it's a crocodile-lion-hippopotamus creature (based on the mythological animal of the same name in Egyptian mythology).
* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/AdventuresOfTheGummiBears'' features a mermaid and her guardian SeaMonster that acts exactly like a dog.
* Chickens in ''WesternAnimation/PiggsburgPigs'' act like the pigs' pet dogs, probably to avoid FurryConfusion.
* ''WesternAnimation/BarbieStarLightAdventure'' plays with this. Barbie speculates on whether Pupcorn will transform into a dog once he "pops", and teaches him to fetch, but he looks and acts more like a cat. Pupcorn eventually turns into a cat.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Kaeloo}}'': In one episode, Mr. Cat tries to tame Bad Kaeloo (who is a toad), and she starts wagging her "tail" and panting like a dog.
* The ''WesternAnimation/EvilConCarne'' episode "Boskov's Day Out" had Major Doctor Ghastly walk Boskov, a bear, on a leash. Boskov also at one point tries to pee on a tree by hiking his hind leg.
* ''WesternAnimation/PJMasks'': Greg's pet lizard Lionel acts more like a dog than an actual lizard. Most notabaly is that he likes to play fetch.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* It is very easy to mistake hyenas for a type of canine. They look mostly like dogs and are social like dogs, but are actually more closely related to mongooses and cats.
* A rather surprising RealLife example in [[http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=zVNTdWbVBgc this video here]]. (Potentially {{Narm}}y song warning.) However, Christian is behaving a lot more like a pet ''cat'' than a dog, with the way he's rubbing his face and body against them. That's definitely ''cat'' behavior.
* This trope helps to explain why the CatsAreMean trope exists: people who are accustomed only to dog body language seem to frequently perceive cats as being cold or unemotional or weird. Cats are ''just'' as nice as dogs, but their body language is different. Whereas a dog wagging its tail is (often, but not always) a sign of a happy animal, a cat that's "wagging" its tail is either angry and should be left alone or concentrating on something. Cats will play fetch if you give them a reason, and are also generally smart enough to be trained for various tricks. There are some exceptions, such as a few breeds notable for having a high frequency of doglike behaviors including Manx, Ocicat, Maine Coon, and Turkish Van.
** Also, the body language of dogs is why they've historically made such great pets: the body language is very similar to that of a human's, and therefore very easy to read and respond to. This is why a lot of people assume that if an animal is moving around a lot and/or "smiling" (showing its teeth in a not obviously aggressive way), it's happy to see you. In reality, if an animal (like a horse or a chimp) shows its teeth it's generally very upset and making a threat, and should be given lots of space.
** The other explanation for CatsAreMean is related: dogs, like humans, are sibling-bonded. Cats are not. An adult cat regards every other adult cat as either a potential (temporary) mate, or an enemy; their interactions on "neutral ground" are tense and governed by a complex etiquette. Cats have been getting "nicer" since the trope came into being, though, because it's only in the last couple centuries we've really been breeding them. One of the things we've been breeding for is "friendliness", which in cats' case actually means ''arrested development''—"domestication" is basically tricking an animal into regarding a human (or another pet) as a sibling, and adult dogs get along with their siblings, while adult cats don't. So we have to deliberately stunt their emotional development at a point where they ''do'' get along with other animals, which may (as a side-effect) be the explanation for some weird feline behaviors, like Siameses' habit of chewing things.
* If you think having a wolf as a pet would be awesome, you'd better be able to give it a few kilograms of (raw) meat, a large and SECURE area to live in, another canine companion, AND make sure you can handle an animal who will challenge your authority as soon as it grows up. And don't even try leaving your kids or anyone else's alone with it, which almost always meets a tragic end. In well-educated and able hands, a wolf might make a great companion -- but for most people, it's best to stick with dogs.
** Malamutes in particular have been bred to be family dogs for millennia, so despite their size, they can easily be trained to be great with children. But they ARE pack dogs, so make sure the dog knows you're in charge, or ''it'' will soon be. Wolf-dogs (Crossbreed between wolves and domestic dogs) often tend towards the former behavior rather than the latter. They don't need special feeding or as much room, but you WILL be responding to constant challenges to your authority and have to reassert your dominance on a routine basis.
** There has been a case where a wolf (verified by a veterinarian) was very dog-like. This probably happened under very special circumstances.
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CMCWbF4HG3U These wolves]], from a park where they regularly interact with humans, seem to act a lot like large and affectionate dogs. Except for the growling and snarling at one another
** Wolves for pets are AwesomeButImpractical, and as awesome as it may sound, it'll take another forty thousand years before it outweighs the impractical (approximately how long it's taken to domesticate dogs, and look how unpredictable some of those breeds act).
** And that's not even talking about wolves learning to read your body language. If you want to be a wolf's alpha, you have to learn to "speak" Wolf, not the other way around, and neglects the fact that ''dogs ARE domesticated wolves''. We've spent thousands of years breeding them specifically to be human-friendly, obedient creatures, which makes the idea of trying to domesticate a wild wolf even more of a wall-banger.
* [[http://cbsu.tc.cornell.edu/ccgr/behaviour/Index.htm The domestication of the fox]]. The result was a strain of fox with very dog-like behavior, and foxes are closely related to domesticated dogs. It required a ''forty-year'' breeding program using systematic behavioral selection to reach that point[[note]]The researchers state that the task is doable in only about 20 years, with what they have learned by now. In fact, most of the job with the existing batch has been done in the first 20 generations.[[/note]] -- like wolves, the wild red fox is human-shy, requires a large range, loves digging through both dirt and furniture (which is partially dog-like, though it is far harder to train out than a terrier would be), and while it is less likely to attack an unguarded human child or infant, chickens and small pets are considered fair game. They also have a very strong odor and are difficult (read: next to impossible) to house-train, and these "tame foxes" are also very inbred, being bred from too small a stock. Hence why you don't see them in pet stores yet.
** Essentially, this was the process used to create domesticated dogs and cats; selectively breeding for puppy behavior and/or desirable traits over many generations. Given a few hundred years, that program might have produces a true domesticated fox that acted a lot like a domesticated dog from the get go.
** Speaking of domesticated non-wolf canines, check [[http://scienceblogs.com/tetrapodzoology/2010/07/identifying_fuegian_dogs.php this]]. Even though the ancestor species is fox like, the (now extinct, sadly) domesticated variety resembles far more your average terrier.
** The selection criteria were basically: does the fox ''flee from or attack'' humans trying to handle them, ''tolerate'' humans handling them, or ''act in a friendly manner towards'' humans who were handling them. The last group was the one chosen for breeding. After a few generations, they realized they needed to add an "elite" category for foxes that ''actively sought out'' human attention. By the 20th generation nearly a third of the kits born were in the "elite" group, and after 40 years the figure is closer to 80%. Despite the criteria being purely behavioral, there were some interesting physiological results as well, including spotting or mottling of the pelt; a lot of domestic animals have this, but relatively few wild animals do, and this had previously been believed to be a result of humans breeding the animals for a unique appearance; the fact that it occurred without being specifically selected for was a big surprise.
* The Australian dingo is actually an introduced domestic dog that went wild thousands of years ago, and have common traits from both wolves and normal domesticated dogs. They can actually be sold as pets, and have been hunting animals for the Aboriginal peoples. But there's been more than a few people who have been mauled by dingoes because they stupidly ''fed'' them, tried to play with them or let their small children run around unsupervised near them - probably because they look so dog-like. There's even been government dingo cullings on places like Fraser Island, because a large group of hungry dingoes around humans who keep feeding them (intentionally or not) is a ''very bad thing'' ... instead of 'dingo ate my baby', it's 'dingo ate my two-year-old'.
** Feral dogs in general aren't to be trusted around small children, whether they're wild dingoes or first-generation strays. Unsocialized dogs are quite dangerous no matter what breed they are, although they're easier to tame -- ''if'' you know what you're doing -- than never-domesticated species.
* For that matter, even as familiar a dog behavior as wagging its tail doesn't mean the same thing to the dog as it does to people. What the dog is expressing varies on how they're wagging their tail; while it ''can'' show happiness, they could just as easily be expressing ''uncertainty'', like a human saying "Er... um... uh...". The human who's just arrived home thinks it's delighted to see its master, but a wagging dog is really displaying its anxiety about whether its surrogate pack-leader has returned in a good mood or not. Similarly, cats have different purrs for different moods.
** Ironically, while rats and mice ''can'' wag their tails, they only do this when they're angry and distressed, or when they feel off-balance and are trying to adjust their center of gravity. A pet rat's proper expression of intense happiness is called "boggling", in which they grind their teeth together (called "bruxing") so much that their eyes bug in and out of their sockets.
* Hilariously, dogs assume this of cats (or at least seem to). The meaning of many dog signals is (almost) completely reversed in cat body language. This is often why the two species can have trouble getting along: the dog sees tail wagging, batting the air with a paw, and running off as playful signals and goes for a friendly game of chase. The cat, on the other hand, is actually saying, "You scare me and I'm going to maul you if you catch up to me!" Poor doggy doesn't understand what he's in for... Although if your cat is friendly enough with your dog, it may adopt some of the dog's behaviors. Even more so the other way around: a puppy raised in a household with cats will usually learn cat body language as well as human. This can be unfortunate if it's a large breed who fails to realize he's a big dog and wants to sit in your lap like a cat... to say nothing of when he starts the mounting behavior, which can be uncomfortable and painful for his much-smaller feline friends.
** The fun one is the bow. Cats "bow" to say hello; dogs do it to signal playtime. So the dog sees the cat bow and assumes it's time to play, whereupon the cat's startled because all it was trying to do was offer a greeting. From there, HilarityEnsues.
*** Almost all felines, from the largest tiger to the smallest kitten, kill their prey very quickly by way of a spine-snapping bite to the back of the neck. When a cat bows it is exposing the back of its neck and telling you (or another cat) that it's not hostile, doesn't think you (or another cat) are a threat, and is not looking for a fight. It's very similar to how most friendly human greetings revolve around baring our necks, one of our most vulnerable spots.
* It isn't hard to partly domesticate a raccoon provided you raise them from birth and they get their own independence after a couple of years. Raccoons act quite doglike if you give them food and shelter. You can pet them, play fetch with them, go fishing with them, and they will lick you. If you're really good you can tell them to 'sit' as well, but this isn't too effective unless you're promising them food if they do. A raccoon can spend days or weeks in the wild and return to your house for shelter when it feels like it.
* Notably, according to anecdotal evidence, the now extinct Thylacine (commonly known as the Tasmanian tiger, though it had no relation whatsoever with tigers) had behaviors that roughly matched a near perfect mixture of cat and dog like behavior (combined with ridiculously easy domestication), despite the fact that it was a marsupial, and not related to carnivoran placentals in the slightest.
* [[http://www.sybilsden.com/ This]] website refers to the bears it documents as "domestic black bears", despite acknowledging that they still have their wild instincts intact. Regardless of whether one believes it's okay to keep a bear as a pet, it's still enormously irresponsible to refer to them in such a way, as the word "domesticated" caries certain implications that could get potential buyers killed if they take the site at face value, particularly since wild bears ''do'' share a handful traits with dogs -- this may mislead a person into thinking that ''all'' of its behaviors will be dog-like, which is very much wrong. "Trained" is the world they should be using. Domestication involves selective breeding over multiple generations, to replace or enhance instincts depending on how suited they are to the human's needs. Training is the act of keeping an animal in captivity and conditioning it to respond to certain commands; the extent to which this can be done is limited by its genetically-hardwired behaviors and instincts. Non-domesticated trained animals still have all of the instincts that are present in their wild counterparts, making them significantly more dangerous than a dog or cat. While some people may be breeding bears, they haven't been doing so for long enough or selectively enough to call their animals "domestic".
* A number of horses can be described as "in your pocket" generally meaning they act like you would expect a domestic dog to, with behavior that indicates that they're tamed and domesticated. They will follow you around like a puppy, push their head into you trying to get petted, curiously wander into places that many horses would spook out of, toss around and chase rubber balls, chase barn cats, etc. Also, in some situations, a flicking or lifted tail can indicate a horse who is very playful and excited, though this is not always the case. In many cases this has been intentionally bred into them, especially with large draft horses like Percherons, since you don't want something that big and strong to be mean, stubborn or startle easily unless you want bad things to happen. People also tend to think that horses are ignoring them when it is submissive behavior since the horse knows to not act unless given permission.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PaVMb9vQJlY Dog deer]].
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HcQDZWHrGTU A coyote plays this trope very, very straight.]]
** Incidentally, research has shown that the line between domestic dogs, wolves, dingos, golden jackals, and coyotes is far more fluid than it is usually assumed. In normal circumstances they won't breed with each other, but if one species (usually the wolf) has decreased to near extinction in one region because of hunting or other causes the survivors will be a lot less squeamish than usual and mate with the closest thing available. The crosses are fertile.
*** The domestic dog and the dingo are, in fact, subspecies of the grey wolf. The Sulimov dog (used for bomb sniffing by Aeroflot) is 1/4 golden jackal. With the red wolf and eastern wolf, things are less clear. They are either two subspecies of grey wolf (with a fair amount of coyote genes), distinct species in their own right, or grey wolf/coyote hybrids.
* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jTjy2OC-TMQ&t=29 This sea lion]], who decided to jump on a kayak and go for a ride, even nuzzling the guy paddling.
* Binturong, also know as a Bear-Cat (but it's closer to a cross between a cat and a sloth), are roughly dog sized and look like large raccoons. They are passive around humans but very curious, so they may walk right up and start sniffing the trail-mix in your pocket. It's not uncommon for a Binturong to have a friendly manner and many people do keep them as pets.
* People who keep and love fancy rats often cite their more dog-like traits as why. Rats, like dogs, are very social, learn quickly, and share some of the same body language that dogs use when interacting with humans ... although their interactions with ''each other'' sometimes seem "backwards" (e.g. licking another rat to groom it shows ''dominance'', not submission).
* Sheep do wag their tails when they are happy. Or at least when they eat something tasty... But really, nothing says bliss like a really good meal, right?
* Pigs, especially mini-pigs, are becoming popular as pets in many countries. One of the most famous is the Vietnamese dwarf pig that does not grow too much. Pigs' behavior in general is very similar to that of dogs (even the farm pig), if they are treated with care (that does not happens often), but is particularly prevalent in mini-pigs. Notice though that similar does not mean ''identical'' an especial precautions should be taken as their behavior can be agressive depending on certains circumstances.
* Witness a pet Asian small-clawed otter laying on its human's foot and [[https://www.facebook.com/Hybr1ds/videos/418128761853139/ gently wagging its tail like a content dog.]]