"I have just met you, and I love you!"The opposite of the Angry Guard Dog, this canine Gentle Giant is big, friendly and often somewhat dim-witted, will only "kill" you (if at all) by licking you to death, and is likely to knock you over because he's just so happy to see you. Slobber included free of charge. Truth in Television, of course. Sometimes the "big" part can be taken to extremes (see the mention of Clifford, below) or have the dog be big enough(or the kid small enough) to ride on. If you see a child you know doing this, get them to stop. In Real Life, large dogs tend to have shorter life spans than their smaller counterparts, but this is mostly glossed over in fiction. See also Canis Major, Mega Neko, Precious Puppies. Mr. Muffykins is generally the polar opposite in both size and temperament. Also contrast Bully Bulldog, and Hellhound. Compare Gentle Giant. Even a Big, Friendly Dog is still a descendant of the wolf, so don't discount the possibility of a canine version of Beware the Nice Ones if you threaten his pack.
— Dug the Dog, Up
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- From an ad for IAM's dog food. One Returning Soldier + One Big Dog = ONE BIG GLOMP OF LOVE!◊ D'awwwwwwww...
Anime & Manga
- Belle from Belle and Sebastian, based on a French book series from the 1960s. The anime's original Japanese title is "Meiken Jolie", with the dog called "Jolly". It retains the source's title and names in the Western world.
- Tamaki's dog Antoinette in Ouran High School Host Club; she's pretty big, affectionate, and, when seen, usually pounces on Tamaki and licks him silly.
- Mercury from Pumpkin Scissors qualifies, when he isn't biting people.
- In Lucky Star, Minami has a pretty big white dog named Cherry (whom was featured quite a bit in the OVA). Hiyori is the only person she reacted negatively to.
- Tadakichi-san from Azumanga Daioh is a Great Pyrenees, and Chiyo does actually ride him like a horse on occasion. How friendly is he? He's the first animal Sakaki can pet note . He gets a little too friendly in one episode, where he tries to imitate Maya the cat (who jumps into Sakaki's chest) and tackles Chiyo-chan into the air.
"Tadakichi-SAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHH!!!!" (AZUMANGA DAIOH!)
- In Persona 4: The Animation, Chie and Yukiko met as children when the latter was sad her family couldn't adopt a puppy. Chie took the puppy in, instead, and when she shows a picture of it to Yu, it's shown to have grown mighty large◊.
- Fullmetal Alchemist
- Shou Tucker's dog Alexander, loved to show Edward his affection by jumping out of nowhere and crushing him underneath. The last thing Ed ever saw was a giant shadow descend from the sky. Sadly, he becomes the object of a Moral Event Horizon crossing moment when Tucker combines the dog and his daughter Nina into a chimera. Scar then kills it as a Mercy Kill.
- Just as adorable is Den, Winry's pet dog, incredibly friendly and strong enough to knock down two late-teenage boys like bowling pins before giving them a generous coating of dog drool. Made more awesome by how she has an automail leg. She's a Cyborg Big Friendly Dog.
- Hilariously subverted by the very large Sadaharu from Gintama, most of whose appearances result in body parts getting chomped on, and only Kagura is strong enough that she is unhurt and takes his behavior as being playful. It's later revealed that he's a dog god, originally owned by a pair of miko sisters.
- Chuutaro, Honoka's Golden Retriever in Futari wa Pretty Cure.
- Ana's dog Frusciante from Strawberry Marshmallow is generally very friendly, although he likes to chase Miu around. Then again, who can blame him?
- Alisa's mansion in Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha has many of these, in contrast to her best friend Suzuka's, which is filled with kittens.
- Kotarou's dog spirits in Mahou Sensei Negima! occasionally act this way, such as the time when they "attacked" Asuna by playfully licking her to submission.
- Soichiro from Maison Ikkoku. Especially around the dog-phobic Mitaka.
- Kiba's dog Akamaru on Naruto fills the part about being big enough to ride on after the time-skip, though he also fights alongside Kiba. This contrasts to earlier, when he could ride on Kiba's head and intentionally peed on Naruto at least once. Its shown that Akamaru spends his fun time defending stray cats around Konoha from stray dogs, with Kiba translating what he says.
- In Wild Rose, Tranquilo is almost as tall as Camille is, and quite friendly as long as you're not threatening his boy.
- Pluto from Black Butler. Subverted since he can turn into a naked guy when excited.
- Terrycloth from Toriko. S/He (depending on the translation) is a Noble Wolf who takes on the toughest prey in the human and gourmet worlds. S/he also is as affectionate as any puppy and extremely gentle with people s/he likes.
- Moss the English mastiff from Ginga: Nagareboshi Gin may be a huge dog and one of the strongest in the series, but he also has a soft side for puppies and is shown taking good care of Chibi.
- In Aria the Scarlet Ammo, Haimaki (the wolf Reki manages to tame) starts as a plain wolf, but when Reki becomes more prominent in later volumes, he starts to act as an adorable furball outside of combat. This contributes to make him a character of his own.
- Shiitake, Chika's pet dog, in Love Live! Sunshine!!. Naturally, the most frequent target of his overtly-friendly affections is Riko, who is hysterically afraid of dogs.
- Victor's dog Makkachin from Yuri!!! on Ice. The first thing he does when meeting Yuri is pounce on him enthusiastically and lick his face.
- Lockjaw, The Inhumans' teleporting dog in Marvel Comics. And Puppy, his offspring, who was briefly owned by Franklin Richards, before disappearing into Comic-Book Limbo. He eventually ends up in the care of one Kamala Khan, for her sake more than his.
- The Entity of Love, the Predator, despite its fearsome appearance, acts very much like a Big, Friendly Dog after being set free in Brightest Day. Carol Ferris even keeps him on a leash.
- Donald Duck's canine companion, Bolivar.
- Hot Dog in Archie Comics has an inconsistent design however he's always large and always friendly. Unless you try to steal his food.
- Dori Seda's dog Tona who is very stinky, but otherwise not too bad.
- Howard Huge.
- Marmaduke is one of the classic examples, also fitting the "dumb" description. Also in film version. He's obviously a CG-produced dog, and voiced by Owen Wilson.
- In Cul de Sac, Alice's grandma has Big Shirley, who is more benign (to the point of inertia), but Alice is terrified of her.
- Farley, followed by his son Edgar, in For Better or for Worse.
- Woofie in Mutts was explicitly described as such the week we met him.
- In George Gately's Heathcliff, the titular cat gets repeatedly soaked in a flood of slobber from being licked when "Great-Big-Lovable Chauncey", the English sheepdog, stops by. In one strip, Heathcliff puts on Iggy's rain gear upon hearing that Chauncey was stopping by!
- Odie doesn't have a big body, but his tongue is huge and he likes using it.
- Rob from the Left 4 Dead 2 fanfic Two Step, if you're human. To the Infected, he's not so friendly.
- In Bringing Me To Life a The Matrix fanfic there's Hai, a black Wolf Hound. Hai is slightly smaller than a normal Wolf Hound, but still big. If you threaten his owners he'll start growling and if not stopped will attack the threat. Despite that, he's very friendly as he jumps on and licks one of the protagonists, an injured Max.
- Since FUBAR from the Bucky And FUBAR comics is a trained service dog, he's a little less exuberant than many examples of this trope, but he's generally good-natured and very large.
- The Pieces Lie Where They Fell: Xolo, Tizoc's pet timberwolf.
Films — Animation
- As mentioned, Dug provides the page quote and is a fairly sizable dog besides.
- The other dogs owned by Charles certainly also counts. The entire scene where Charles tours Carl around his ship places great emphasis on just how loyal they are to Charles. They don't really warm up to Carl until the end of the film though.
- Toby from The Great Mouse Detective. He's large partly because all of the other familiar characters are mice. He's also based on a dog Sherlock Holmes picked up in The Sign of Four.
- Max in the Disney version of The Little Mermaid. He's Prince Eric's dog, and is fond of jumping around and licking Eric and Ariel's faces on various occasions.
- A giant dog seen in the Over the Hedge movie appears to be a stereotypical non-talking menace, but he just really, really, really wants to play ("Play! Play! Play? Play!").
- Three more Disney examples: Nana from Peter Pan, The wolves from the movie of The Jungle Book and the two castle dogs from The Sword in the Stone.
- Disney's Hercules has Pegasus (a big friendly flying horse) fill this role. As Zeus puts it, he has the heart of a horse and the brain of a bird. He still helps the main characters by flying them around and helping fight against Hades, and even licks Hercules and Phil's faces a few times.
- Though a rapper from 1912, the dog from Titanic: The Legend Goes On is one of these. He saves a little mouse from being eaten by a cat.
- In Brave, King Fergus' hounds would qualify though they are also hunting dogs.
- The ironically named Great Dane, Einstein, from Disney's Oliver & Company.
- Ozzie from Epic by Leafman standards. He's certainly very friendly and loves licking.
Films — Live-Action
- Beethoven the St. Bernard, of the Beethoven series of movies.
- Digby, the Biggest Dog in the World
- Must Love Dogs: Mother Teresa, a Newfoundland who is afraid of water (very unusual for the breed).
- The Beast from The Sandlot turns out to be a big friendly dog by the name of Hercules.
- Most of the canine cast from Eight Below, to varying degrees.
- In Ghost Town, Gwen owns an enormous Great Dane. Pincus quips, "I like your horse!" In one scene, Gwen is yanked off her feet while talking him out for a walk.
- The St. Bernard seen licking a mail carrier towards the climax of The Naked Gun.
- Stella Maris: Stella's dog companion nearly goes up to her waist (Mary Pickford was 1.54 meters, or 5'0). He's however a very friendly and protective dog. Stella received a small Pomeranian-looking dog as a present, however it ended up running off due to it not being as well-trained as Teddy. The unnamed dog comes back in The Stinger.
- The titular character from Clifford the Big Red Dog is, of course, the logical extreme of this trope, standing approximately as tall as a two story house. He actually started off as a small puppy who grew huge thanks to his owner Emily Elizabeth's "love" — at least, that's the official story.
- The Good Dog, Carl! series of children's books feature a Rottweiler caring for a baby through various wacky hijinks. The baby often rides him like a pony, and Carl always manages to get the mess cleaned up before Mom gets home.note Carl does defy one aspect of the Big, Friendly Dog stereotype — he's actually incredibly smart.
- Mouse from Jim Butcher's The Dresden Files is actually a very intelligent magical creature, a foo dog bred to guard Chinese temples. As a puppy he was small enough that the protagonist carried him around in a jacket pocket for a whole book (Blood Rites), but when he's grown to full size he's enormous (Harry was evidently being ironic when he named him). Harry suspects that he's actually intelligent enough to be deliberately invoking this trope. As he puts it, "Really big dogs that aren't acting overtly friendly tend to make people nervous." Heck, when Mouse wants to be intimidating, a lot of the time he doesn't even growl. He just stops acting friendly and looks at you. Though a warning to you, should you be evil or harm Dresden:
"Restore them before I rip your ass off. Literally rip it off."note
- Anybody sufficiently familiar with canines can tell you how much scarier it is to have a dog that just silently fixates on people rather than growling or barking. As an owner it can be especially unnerving to have a dog that might just stare at a guest and refuse to move or be distracted.
- Kit's dog, Ponch, from the Young Wizards series loves to play with him and chase (but not catch) squirrels. When Ponch is eventually revealed to be roughly the equivalent of Jesus, this trope makes it all the more jarring.
- A recurring trope in the works of Stephen King:
- Cujo, twisted cruelly when he turns rabid. A portion of the horror of the book is seeing Cujo's simple thoughts warp as the rabies drives him mad. Hilariously, the film version had a genuine problem with the Truth in Television: Try as they might, the filmmakers just couldn't make a real St. Bernard act convincingly aggressive, so they disguised a Rottweiler for the more aggressive scenes; and even then, they had to tape the dog's tail to his leg to that it wouldn't wag.
- His novel Under the Dome, with its ensemble cast, contains a few. Audrey, a golden retriever, warns one family when their daughter has seizures. Clover, a German Shepard, also plays happily with the children before he shows the darker side of this trope when his master is pushed down stairs...
- Kojak from The Stand, an Irish Setter in the novel and a mixed breed (mostly Labrador Retriever) in the film. "If all things serve the will of God, maybe that goes for big dumb dogs, too."
- A sad version in IT, also by Stephen King. Mike's dog, Mr. Chips, is so friendly he eats the poisoned treats that Henry Bowers feeds him. He even wags his tail as he's dying.
- The Disreputable Dog in Garth Nix's Old Kingdom series mostly falls under this, with the fact that she talks and is really the avatar of one of the most powerful beings in the universe.
- Thcrapth— er, Scraps from Terry Pratchett's Discworld novel Carpe Jugulum. So aggressively friendly that Death allowed Scraps to return to life to keep him from fetching Death's scythe for eternity.
- Runner Bean from the Children of the Red King series.
- In Animorphs there's Jake's pet dog Homer, a golden retriever. Aside from being Jake's very first morph, Homer shows up infrequently in early books as a source of some comedy relief.
- Fang, Hagrid's dog, in Harry Potter. Hagrid has odd naming sensibilities, since Fang isn't actually that fierce, while Fluffy actually has three heads and is very fierce. Fang is said to be a coward, but also fairly intelligent for the trope, at least going to get backup when he runs away.
- Nana from Peter Pan, also in the Disney animated version. Not so "dumb", at least for a dog given that she quite capably lived up to her name/job description.
- Stephanie Plum, or rather her on-again off-again boyfriend Joe Morelli, owns Bob, a vaguely Golden Retriever-shaped blob of fur. He has an appetite to match his size and enthusiasm, and isn't very picky. Joe once left him in his car, and when he came back, Bob had eaten the front seat.
- Mrs. O'Leary from Percy Jackson and the Olympians, a hellhound who used to belong to Quintus Read: Daedalus and was turned over to Percy at the end of Battle of the Labyrinth.
- Circle of Magic: Sandry, Daja, Briar, and Tris]] have Little Bear, a puppy they save early on in the series. He grows up very friendly and, appropriate to the name, very big.
- Judge Benjamin, the title character in the Judge Benjamin: Superdog 5 book series.
- Marley of Marley and Me. It's based on a true story.
- The title dog of Kate DiCamillo's Because of Winn-Dixie. He's so called because the girl who adopted him first saw him running around inside a Winn-Dixie supermarket.
- Song at Dawn: Nici is constantly referred to as 'the big dog' and so friendly he could be called Estela's first white knight.
- The Dog Stars: Jasper is the main character's only real companion After the End. Although Higs has a human partner, a sociopathic killer who keeps them safe, he prefers the company of his gentle and loyal watchdog.
- Hooligan, the mutt who lives in the White House in the First Kids mystery series by Martha Freeman.
- The Man With The Terrible Eyes: The Man's dog, named Dog, is a very big and very friendly dog (or at least something that looks like a dog), as long as you're not a shadow monster or someone trying to hurt his master.
- Pinocchio's Sister has Sparkle Bob, a retriever. He seems rather big and powerful and he loves everybody, especially his owner Rosie Pelosi.
- In the John Carter of Mars series, there's Woola, a big friendly dog-like beast who accompanies John Carter on his earlier adventures on Mars.
- Ananda, the dog Meg finds in A Swiftly Tilting Planet, and her predecessor (a Lab and a Newfoundlander, respectively).
- Huan, the Hound of Valinor, from The Silmarillion is an intelligent, immortal wolfhound the size of a horse. He also helps Luthien escape from his former master Celegorm, who captured her when he found out she was on a quest to find a Silmaril, and afterward helps to slay Carcharoth, the werewolf who ate the Silmaril (along with Beren's hand). However, it was prophesied that Huan would only be killed by the greatest werewolf ever to live, and so even though he killed Carcharoth he died in the process.
- In the Baker Street Irregulars series by Terrance Dicks, a Snooping Little Kid is caught by some criminals who threaten to let their Angry Guard Dog eat him. Unimpressed, the kid just orders the dog to "Sit!" and it does; he points out that guard dogs are trained to guard, not eat people. The dog later gets adopted as a Team Pet (and in a later novel, another criminal discovers that it can be an Angry Guard Dog if provoked enough).
- Much of the cast of Survivor Dogs, especially the ex-Leashed Dogs, are large and friendly dogs. Even Storm counts when she isn't riled up.
- Pepper, the dog Dick gives to Mary as a gift in 3rd Rock from the Sun.
- Carmine, Chris's dog on Human Target. He's supposed to be a guard dog. He'd prefer to sleep and eat.
- Jade from Victorious mentions them in her "Stuff I Hate" video.
Jade: I hate it when I go to someone's house, and their dog jumps all over me, and the owner says: "oh, it's okay, he's friendly". Guess what; I'm not. Get your dog off me!
- It's Me or the Dog: Victoria considers training a Big Friendly Dog to not jump up and slobber all over people is an important step in proper dog behavior, since a lot of people are dog-phobic and a sufficiently-sized pooch can cause harm just by being "friendly".
- Diefenbaker the deaf half wolf/half dog from Due South. He's friendly and personable until you threaten his owner.
- Keith Richards on Are You There, Chelsea?. So named because Chelsea found him in an alley with a bunch of heroin addicts.
- Ghost, Jon Snow's pet direwolf on Game of Thrones, turns into a Big Friendly Dog with people he trusts, especially Jon, Sam and Gilly. Otherwise...
- In Warhammer the Beasts of Nurgle have this sort of personality, desiring only to meet new people and make friends with them. Unfortunately, where most dogs have slobber, Beasts of Nurgle have acid. They jump up at you, knock you over, and crush and burn you as they crawl over with acidic slime. Of course, because their new friends stop playing with them so quickly, they have to find new ones.
- Dungeons & Dragons
- The adventure EX1 Dungeonland has a giant dog nearly as big as an elephant. It will attempt to play with the PCs, and will play "tug of war" and "fetch the stick" with any stick-like objects the party may have (staff, pole, etc.).
- D&D also has Riding Dogs, which are Exactly What It Says on the Tin: dogs big enough to be ridden, at least by small characters.
- Blink dogs, while not as big as some examples, are larger than average for real-world dogs, and were among the first Lawful Good monsters in the D&D game.
- Pathfinder has the Cayhounds, a race of Chaotic Good teleporting sapient mastiffs. While not at Clifford-level, they are big for domestic dogs, and since they're always good-aligned, they're descended from mastiffs, and their divine patron, Cayden Cailean, is a pretty jolly guy, it's safe to assume they're friendly. They also have a neotenous form, the caypup, available as an improved familiar.
- People tend to think that Ōkami's Amaterasu is a big friendly dog: she's Big, she's friendly with muggles... She is NOT a dog.
- The aptly-named Woof from Beyond Good & Evil. An Old English Sheepdog the size of a refrigerator. His tongue is always hanging out of his mouth, and he loves to cuddle, play, and chase insects. One of the end credits photos shows the aftermath of him bowling Jade over while chasing a ladybug.
- Subverted by Half-Life 2. D0g is big and friendly to the protagonists, but he's a robot that's shaped more like a gorilla than a dog. (Though he can play fetch with an electric ball, and will valiantly defend his loved ones. And he is adorable.) Alyx has been adding modifications to him for years. It's possible that he originally did look like a dog.
- Dragon Age
- Dragon Age: Origins has a Mabari war hound named... Dog. Despite being a trained war hound and attack critter, in cutscenes and conversations this is exactly how he comes across. The only members of your party that Dog doesn't get along with are Oghren, who thinks Dog stole his pants (he didn't) and thinks Dog is perfectly-sized to pull a chariot bearing him into battle; Alistair, who keeps forgetting that Dog is sentient and can understand everything he is saying (and even then things end up well enough after some initial problems); and Shale, who used to be a living statue and whose sole interaction with Dog is to warn him not to mark his territory on her. Even Loghain gets along very well with him, if he's allowed to join. He isn't too crazy about Wynne since she insists on giving him baths and wants to tie a pretty pretty bow around his stubby tail.
- Dragon Age II: The sequel's "Black Emporium" DLC gives Hawke a Mabari war hound that can be summoned into battle. Party members will visit Hawke's home throughout the game just to see the Mabari. Anders, being a cat person, is the only one who doesn't particularly like the dog — but the dog lavishes affection on him anyway.
- Urz in Mass Effect 2, fits all the criteria... except that he's not a dog. He's a varren, a creature colloquially known as a "fishdog", and is just as Ugly Cute as that name implies. However, he still allows Shepard to pet him and, if fed some pyjack meat, will happily follow Shepard and company around Tuchanka, generally being adorable, in complete contrast to other examples of his breed, who all try to rip your head off. And you can get him to pitfight other varren for you. (Did we mention that he's actually a champion pitfighter?) If he loses, he has to go to the medical tent until you leave Tuchanka and come back. A short story posted on the third game's website reveals that Urz has had many adventures throughout the galaxy under many different names where he's either saved lives or changed them for the better.
- The Monster Rancher series gives us the Baku, a large, blond dog whose size and features remind one of a hippopotamus. Its attacks include deafening barks, messy licking, and falling asleep, among more traditional attacks like biting and ramming. As an additional fun point, in the 4th game they can actually be ridden inside dungeons to go trampling through barricading underbrush like a big, happy elephant. It is awesome.
- The Elder Scrolls series has Barbas, the external conscience of Clavicus Vile, the Daedric Prince of Bargains and Wishes. Barbas normally takes the form of Vile's Canine Companion, and usually attempts to talk people out of Vile's deals, much to Vile's irritation. Following the events of Vile's quest in Oblivion, Vile gains the means to split himself away from Barbas and banishes Barbas to the mortal plane. However, since Barbas contains a measure of Vile's power, this left Vile weakened and trapped in a single shrine high in the remote mountains of Skyrim. Vile's Skyrim quest is kicked off when the Dragonborn meets Barbas, who is attempting to reunite with Vile. He joins the Dragonborn as a temporary companion in order to get to Vile's shrine. There, Vile gives a quest to the Dragonborn and Barbas to retrieve the Rueful Axe, which Vile previously gave as a granted wish to a wizard looking to cure his daughter of lycanthropy. After retrieving the axe, the Dragonborn has a choice: do what Vile asks and use it to "kill" Barbas, who will then need to spend a few centuries reforming in Oblivion giving Vile a break, or reunite the two, after which Barbas convinces Vile to give his Masque in exchange for the axe.
- Super Mario Bros.:
- Poochie from Yoshi's Island, who serves as a Power Up Mount for Yoshi that can walk across dangerous terrain.
- The ghosts of Evershade Valley from Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon turn hostile when the Dark Moon gets shattered, with the exception of the Polterpup, whose troublesome meddling in Luigi's quest stems from a desire to play rather than a desire to hurt.
- Brandt of Final Fantasy: The 4 Heroes of Light becomes a gray husky in his animal form, and since he's a friendly Nice Guy of a hero, that makes him this.
- Any fully-evolved canine Pokémon can fit the bill, especially Arcanine.
- Greater Dog of Undertale is a big white dog in heavy plate armor carrying a spear... it's a miniboss, but all it wants is to be petted and played with. If you ignore it a few times, it will even scootch closer to the screen just to give you Puppy-Dog Eyes and beg to be petted. The canine Amalgamate, Endogeny, is basically a Big Friendly Goo Dog, housing the combined essences of at least five canine monsters. It's all but outright stated to have a relative of Greater Dog somewhere in there, and thus it behaves similarly. In spite of its horrific appearance, it too just wants to be petted, even if its actions sound a bit erratic and creepy.
- Zib, the pilot of Vlad in Rising Thunder, is what happens when you make one of these a mech pilot.
- In Crusader Kings II, you can get a hunting hound from a friend as part of the Hunting focus. If you then switch to the Family focus, there's a potential event where your dog starts befriending children in your court (for a bump in Relationship Values).
- The default dog in Harvest Moon is a small Beagle, however various games such as Animal Crossing Animal Parade let you adopt larger but just as friendly dogs.
- To Heart 2 has Genjimaru, Konomi's Old English Sheepdog. Despite being very friendly, he scares Tamaki to death by chasing after her (mainly because she's afraid of dogs; after the chase he stops and sounds apologetic when she trips and hurts herself and starts crying), and in To Heart 2: Another Days he tackles Silfa on sight, causing her to talk in gibberish when he licks her face (of course, she hides in her box after that, only to get tackled again when she comes out). He also keeps Konomi company as she ponders on her relationship with Takaaki in her story path, seemingly talking to her as she is rambling.
- Bergy from the webcomic Venus Envy, before he was recently killed by a car.
- Jeph Jacques of Questionable Content owns a Great Pyrenees named Shelby, and in the comic she's not depicted as being too bright, and among other things thinks her name is actually Shebly.
- Homestuck: Becquerel the Reality Warper god-dog and Halley the completely normal dog, from whom Bec was partially cloned. Later, when Becquerel prototypes himself and Jack Noir gains his powers, Bec's Big, Friendly Dog loyalty is also carried over and Jack is forced to feel overwhelming love for Jade to the point where he is reduced to behaving like a lost, timid puppy around her. That's right, Jack Noir.
- Mitzi, from Rhapsodies, thinks she's a lapdog. She is not.
- An early Wapsi Square strip shows Amanda having a traumatic encounter with one of these.
- Tove: Tove's dog Cranberry is so large that he can be used for transportation for her family of three plus whatever they need to travel with. It's a credit to Tove's strength that she is still able to lift his entire body over head head using just her hands.
- Florence from Freefall is an uplifted wolf rather than a dog but she still acts like a large dog from time to time. This strip is a good example.
- Nurse Kills from Sparklecare, who resembles a dog, is the most genuinely benevolent character so far.
- The Autobiography of Jane Eyre: Mr Rochester's dog Pilot is a Bernese Mountain Dog which is a breed of dogs that are generally extremely affectionate. Adele Rochester must be fond of Pilot as she drew a beautiful picture of him.
- Dinky Dog from The All-New Popeye Hour.
- Runt from the "Rita and Runt" segment of Animaniacs.
- Tag, to the Lilliputians in Hanna Barbera's Adventures of Gulliver.
- Classic Disney Shorts:
- Pluto. He's based on a Bloodhound; Bloodhounds are almost always Big Friendly Dogs in real life.
- One short, Donald's Ostrich, has a female ostrich named Hortense portray this role, except with kisses instead of licks, which she showered Donald with while eating everything in sight.
- Dino from The Flintstones, although not technically a dog.
- Dinah from the My Little Pony 'n Friends episode "Pony Puppy". She's so massive her dog house is as big as a small house, but she's is introduced rescuing a baby pony from drowning and never stops being affectionate, even if she's so huge she causes damage without meaning to. She's also a baby and there are more of her kind that pick her up at the end of the episode. The ponies loved having her around so much they near instantly miss her.
- My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic:
- In the episode "It's About Time", Cerberus looks fierce, being a three-headed Hell Hound as big as a house, but the only reason he shows up in Ponyville is because he wants to play. Granted, since he's the size of a house, even his play can be dangerous to the average pony, but Fluttershy pacifies him with a tummy rub easily enough. Later Twilight leads Cerberus back to the Gates of Tartarus by playing fetch with him during the entire trip.
- Similarly, in the episode "Trade Ya", Rainbow Dash and Fluttershy comes across a rather vicious Orthros that they need to trade for a limited edition Daring Do book. Once Fluttershy pacifies it, it acts like a playful puppy for the rest of the episode.
- Scooby-Doo, being a Great Dane, is naturally very large. He's also very friendly, and a Lovable Coward.
- Prior to Scooby, we have Astro from The Jetsons, who is also a great dane.
- Bronx from Gargoyles is both this AND an Angry Guard Dog, depending on situation or who is around.
- Rollo, a sheepdog Bold befriended in The Animals of Farthing Wood.
- Roger from Bobby's World.
- The ghost dog in Danny Phantom. When it turns big, that means its aggressive. However, the pup always makes an exception for Danny whom reminds affectionate towards.
- AQUAMAN's pet dolphin Fluke in Batman: The Brave and the Bold acts like this (much to Batman's irritation).
- An old Looney Tunes short about dogs featured a doberman pinscher. He was actually a fairly calm chap... but it didn't take long for the guy named Doberman to sour on him.
- Also, Mark Antony. Though he'd like you to think otherwise.
- The Legend of Korra has Canis Major Polar Bear Dog Naga, Avatar Korra's Familiar. Naga's Establishing Character Moment is licking Korra's face over and over. Her friendliness extends to licking a police attendant's hair.
- There isn't a lick of the description above that doesn't apply to Niblet from Pound Puppies (2010). He is easily the biggest, kindest, and least intelligent of the team.
- On Peg + Cat, this is the resolution of "The Big Dog Problem" — the big dog that's standing in front of the mailbox that Peg and Cat keep running away from is just one of these and even helps them to reach the mailbox so that they can mail their really important letters once they make friends with it.
- An episode of Archer involves an English Mastiff named Kazak that fits... unless anyone in his presence is waving around a firearm.
- For reference, Wikipedia has the most intelligent dog breeds as Border Collie, Poodle, German Shepherd, Golden Retriever, Doberman Pinscher, Shetland Sheepdog, Labrador Retriever, Papillon, Rottweiler and Australian Cattle Dog
- The book it references, however, only lists American Kennel Club-licensed breeds as of its publication, 2006. The list should probably be updated to include the Leonberger, which the AKC didn't recognize until 2010, and could possibly also list others.
- Newfoundlands makes this Truth in Television — the original Nana from Peter Pan was a Newfoundland. They are incredibly gentle, especially with children, and make excellent babysitters. Despite their dopey, laid-back personalities they are also quite clever. Their sheer size makes them powerful and excellent swimmers. Newfies can be— and quite often are— trained as lifeguard rescue dogs.
- Similar to the Newfoundland, the Landseer, likely a related breed, is rather large, coming in at a minimum of 100 pounds, but is also extremely well-mannered and very good with children and other animals, even if they're strangers to the dog.
- The Leonberger, which is what a Newfoundland would look like if you dressed it up and taught it to act like a German Shepard. Also like the Newfs, 'bergers are exceptionally bright and well-behaved, as they were bred as farm dogs. Thus, they had to be good draft animals, watch-dogs, family pets... or all three.
- The ultimate Real Life example (as of 2006) is a 282-pound Mastiff named Hercules. According to his owner, Hercules isn't very bright, and once a bird landed on his head without him noticing.
- Mastiffs are enormous and strong. They're the canine embodiment of Dumb Muscle in pretty much every way. They're strong but not very smart.
- Utonagans◊ are specifically bred to look like wolves but are some of nicest, friendliest dogs one could ever hope to meet. Utonagans were specifically bred from three breeds (Huskies, Malamutes, and German Shepherds) in order to create something that had a wolf's lean and threatening appearance but in all that Badassness something broke and they came out friendly. They are great family dogs but quite possibly the worst guard dogs in the world, because rather than chase burglars they're more likely to roll over and ask for a belly rub.
- German Shepherds, Rottweilers, and Dobermans are supposed to be like this, as long as they are properly bred and well-trained (which people tend to forget). German Shepherds are good at everything, Dobermans were bred to defend people and places, and Rottweilers were bred to pull carts, drive cattle, and serve as watch dogs. Nowadays, most of these breeds are pets, and generally described as "giant teddy bears".
- The German Shepherd's smaller cousin, the Malinois, is also quite friendly, particularly with children. Though they are rather small compared to Shepherds, they're still large enough to knock you over with a badly-timed jump.
- Golden Retrievers aren't quite as big as some of the others (although they're close) but make up for it by being some of the friendliest dogs out there. Sadly, this, combined with their beautiful coats, has led to over-breeding, which means you have to worry about proper breeding, much like the aforementioned dogs. Golden retrievers are also terrible guard dogs. Just give them a few scratches behind the ear and they'll try to give you their tennis ball!
- Labradors are also not one of the biggest breeds (but can still be pretty impressive) but still one of the friendliest.
- Similarly, the bigger spaniel breeds in particular are some of the most affectionate dogs you will ever meet.
- Lady Gaga owns two Harlequin Great Danes: Lava and Rumpus. They appear in several videos. Unfortunately Rumpus died in October of 2009.
- Alaskan Malamutes are larger than Siberian Huskies, trained to pull thousands of pounds on sleds, and generally just BIG dogs. But they are also generally BIG teddy bears, loveable, cuddly, and ranked as one of the worst guard dog breeds. However, it takes patience and dedication to make them this way—sled dogs are extremely intelligent, relentlessly energetic, quite headstrong and can become neurotic or challenge an owner who doesn't attend to their physical and psychological needs. They're bad guard dogs not because they're open and friendly, but because they just don't care about guarding because nothing is in it for them.
- Most pet dogs will be bad guards by definition, even the German Shepherds and Dobermans, because they lack the specialized training needed for the job.
- Pit bulls as a whole usually fall into this category; while they were originally bred for herding and companionship. During World War Two they were considered a "Nanny Dog" — a dog to watch the children. Their current reputation as vicious killers is actually a lot Newer Than They Think.
- Shorty Rossi of Pit Boss has two service dogs, Hercules and Geisha, who definitely fit this role. However, take this in consideration: please train them well. A lot of the bad rep that the Pitbulls get is because stupid/malicious owners either abuse or specifically train them to be the angriest dogs ever — unsurprisingly, they're very popular among mobsters, gang members and/or drug dealers.
- Ginger the pit bull, who got a bit out of control during an Adopt-A-Pet segment on a news channel. Ginger doesn't seem to understand that if you're more than half the size of the person whose face you're slobbering all over, you are not a lapdog.
- Seven years later, the anchorwoman, Randene Neill, was getting ready to leave the show. On her last full day at the network, the crew brought Ginger back. Ginger was now ten years old, officially a senior dog, had mellowed a lot, and had gray fur around her nose. Then Ginger saw Randene, recognized her, and jumped up on the couch and started giving Randene puppy kisses again.
- Staffordshire Bull Terriers have a similarly bad reputation in the UK, though it's mostly undeserved. Though Staffies are inclined to dislike other dogs due to generations of breeding for pit-fights, only the most severe abuse twists them into anything other than big softies with humans. They are canine personifications of the No Sense of Personal Space trope, and when that combines with being totally unaware of their own strength, some formidable glomps occur. They're also a breed that doesn't get that they're just not meant to sit on your lap.
- That all being said, however, there is another thing that pit-bulls are infamous for, which is 100% true: Pit-bulls are utterly notorious for having serious breathing-problems later in life.
- The Irish Wolfhound. Originally used to hunt wolves, they're now some of the world's biggest teddy bears.
- Saint Bernards were bred as hunting, search and rescue, and watch dogs. In the meantime, it serves as a floor warmer and the perfect multiuse toy for small children.
- Dalmatians are on the smaller end of the big dog scale, but they are plenty friendly.
- Anatolian Shepherds are among the sweetest dogs you can find, and the biggest. Also, they make ADORABLE puppies. The breed also averts the Dogs Are Dumb trope by being very intelligent and independent. Bred in Turkey to protect sheep and goats, the dog stays with the flock and chases off predators, with Turkish shepherds going on record saying that three of these dogs can hold back a full pack of wolves and even hurt or kill two or three. The trouble is that this independence and intelligence means that it can be a little challenging to train for city life, as it can choose to just not obey. The breed is currently being used in Africa to protect the Cheetah from extinction.
- Bernese Mountain Dogs, which can weigh upwards of 100 pounds (if male), are some of the friendliest, cuddliest dogs you could ever hope to meet. You would think that a Bernese would make a lousy guard dog, but these dogs form very strong bonds with their families - which includes protectiveness, especially towards children. Since they're still a Big, Friendly Dog, they'll at first only try and make you back down with their loud (and notably scary) bark. Ignore that, and well... it's gonna suck to be you.
- Pyrenean mountain dogs, aka Great Pyrenees, are very similar to the Bernese Mountain dog in size and temperament.
- Interestingly subverted with the Akita both japanese and american who are very large and beautiful fluffy dogs that look big and friendly but are among the most stern and dutiful dogs there are, while gentle with their own family human or otherwise most akitas are basically highly independent and have a high prey drive and proctective streak combined with their enormous strength and speed they are only gradually developing into protection guarding and therapy. Still they will often protect anything they like with their lives.
- Completely averted with the Tosa Inu, a massive 200lb mastiff that was bred specifically to kill anything that isnt it's owner, considered by many to be the most dangerous dog in the world. Sadly, the Tosa is banned virtually worldwide and considered nearly impossible to socialize or intergrate into society. Hopefully, that may change.
- Any large dog raised from an early age with cats will often develop catlike mannerisms. This can be distressing when your 60-pound-plus dog forgets how big he is and decides he wants to sit in your lap or climb up on furniture and tables.
- The Great Dane George, aka the Tallest Dog.
- To summarize everything mentioned above, large dogs in general and in particular, any breed from the Working Class. Their purpose of directly serving humans (usually by guarding) makes them EXTREMELY devoted to their families. If you look at official standards, many breeds typically considered Angry Guard Dogs actually require a temperament that is affectionate, devoted, and fun-loving when they aren't working. Their sheer size and power also require a strong focus on temperament and training, so they tend to have a more stable temperament than smaller dogs. Without them, there simply isn't any way an owner can manage them since they tend to be STRONGER than a human. Larger dogs also tend to be more confident (and tougher!) than smaller dogs, so will trust and welcome humans more readily, as well as tolerating rough play from children.
- This is the idea behind the K-9 Comfort Dogs, a group of golden retrievers who are dispatched to the sites of disasters and traumatic events to bring the sort of love and calm that only a big friendly dog can provide.
- Similar to the above, this trope is being invoked by Canines 4 Hope and other groups, who have been training dogs specifically to help veterans deal with PTSD. While they do seem to train some small dogs, most of the ones seen are at least too big to be lap dogs. There are multiple success stories on Youtube of these dogs calming their owners before they even realize they need help.
- Murkin and his kittens. D'aaaaawww!
- The Big Fluffy Dog Rescue.
- Three words: Old◊ English◊ sheepdogs. They're huge, cuddly teddy bears with ridiculously fluffy coats.
- The Cane Corso, or Italian mastiff, might look imposing at first glance thanks to naturally scowly eyebrows, but personality-wise they're mostly just big, jowly doofs. Most of the time Cane Corsos are quiet, patient, and loving, but they're a rare example that also serves as good guard dogs due to being very loyal to and protective of their family.
- This little girl in China and the family's Tibetan Mastiff, Simba.