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- Axis Powers Hetalia:
- Germany has three dogs: Blackie (German Shepherd), Berlitz (Dobermann), and Aster (Golden Retriever).
- Japan has one too, and his name is Pochi. He's likely to be either a Japanese Spitz, or maybe a really small Shiba Inu.
- Sweden and Finland have Hanatamago. We don't know her exact breed, but she's speculated to be a Samoyed since she's white and fluffy.
- Helen ESP has Victor, Helen's seeing-eye dog with whom she has a psychic connection.
- Lyrical Nanoha: Fate and Arf in the first two seasons. Not so much in later seasons, which has Arf both spending less time in her wolf form and spending less time together with Fate.
- Mazinger Z: Saijyo -a secondary character appeared in episode 26- and his female dog, Norako. He was an orphan, homeless boy, and she was her only friend. He was fiercely protective of her.
- The entire Inuzuka clan (the name means "dog soldiers") work with large, wolf-like dogs, at least one of whom can talk. Akamaru, who in Part I is small enough to be carried in Kiba's hood, is as big as a pony by Part II, and carries Kiba on his back.
- Kakashi and his eight Ninken, who he mostly summons for tracking rather than battle.
- Neo Human Casshern: Casshern travels with his dog partner Friender. Friender was originally the family dog — brave and fierce, who got killed, but was revived as a trusted companion. Friender can become a tank, car, jet, or a submarine, and can breathe fire. He is the inspiration of Rush.
- Wolf's Rain: Quent Yaiden and Blue.
- Yuri!!! on Ice: Victor Nikiforov has his pet poodle Makkachin, who he takes with him to Japan when he decides to become Yuri's coach.
- Pokemon Sun & Moon: Four (five considering that Rockruff lived with Professor Kukui before Ash caught it) major characters own canine-like Pokemon; Ash and his Rockruff, Lillie and her Alolan Vulpix (nicknamed Snowy), Gladion and his Midnight Lycanroc, and Olivia and her Midday Lycanroc.
- Tintin: Tintin has Snowy, who's bright enough to help his master on the many (many, many) occasions he gets himself captured.
- Astérix: Obelix has Dogmatix. He's a cute little white dog, and very intelligent. Obelix might insist from time to time to give him some important tasks.
- Jommeke: Filiberke has a dog, Pekkie, and the Duchess of Stiepelteen and her husband have two dogs, Tobias and Fifi.
- Tom Poes: Somewhat subverted with Olivier B. Bommel. His butler is an anthropomorphic dog named Joost.
- Suske en Wiske: In some stories Wiske has a dog named Tobias.
- Urbanus: Urbanus has a dog, Nabuko Donosor.
- Boule et Bill: Boule has a cocker spaniel named Bill.
- Cubitus: Cubitus is the canine companion of Sémaphore.
- Mickey Mouse Comic Universe: Mickey Mouse has Pluto.
- Disney Ducks Comic Universe: Donald Duck has Bolivar, a Saint Bernard.
- The Sandman: Delirium has Barnabas, who she picked up from her brother Destruction.
Delirium: I can't look after a doggie.
Barnabas: You misheard him. I get to look after you.
- Superman and Supergirl have Krypto, their super-powered pet dog. In the Silver and Bronze Ages Krypto always followed Clark around when he was Superboy, and he always came when Clark/Kal or Linda/Kara needed him. In Krypton No More he helped them fight an alien invasion off.
- Groo the Wanderer:
- Groo has Rufferto. Writer Mark Evanier once pointed out that Groo couldn't have a human sidekick unless that sidekick was stupider than Groo, but a dog that would always see him as smart and heroic would be ideal.
- Played with in Mortadelo y Filemón.
- The pair often gets a trained detective dog to help them with their missions, but always turns out that the dog is either too stupid or too smart to be of any use. Mortadelo and Filemón always end up getting rid of the dog in an often abusive way.
- Also, Mortadelo or Filemón sometimes bring to the TIA offices a dog they claim to be their own pet, but it is only used in that particular chapter and is never heard of again.
- Filemón is known to have at least two different little female dogs, called "Menda" and "Secretaria". Both are used in different albums as a one-time joke to mock Ofelia, and have never appeared or mentioned again.
- And yet another one, a big, aggressive guardian dog called "Butcher". Like the others, used for a one-time joke, never to be seen again.
- "Golden Eyes" And Her Hero "Bill": Uncle Sam the collie. Bill sends Uncle Sam to keep Golden Eyes safe while he's away at war. Golden Eyes ends up following Bill into the fray when she enlists as an ambulance driver, and Uncle Sam follows Golden Eyes as her constant companion and protector.
- Monsignor Ryan is rarely seen without his beloved dog Snowball in Angel of the Bat.
- The Racket-Rotter Chronicles: Annette has Sagebear in the first few chapters of Arc 3. Later on, Sagebear becomes Shark's companion.
- In Wonderful, Rachel really loves her dogs. When she and a lot of her dogs were trapped in a building, badly hurt, and the main characters found them, she did not resist arrest in exchange for treatment for her dogs (and herself, but she insisted that they healed her dogs first).
- Thousand Shinji: Asuka had Spartacus, an old fighting bulldog who followed her around loyally.
Films — Animation
- The Little Mermaid: Eric and Max.
- Jack and Zero from The Nightmare Before Christmas.
- Moses in A Tale of Egypt has one. The dog was his companion in Egypt, and after Moses flees, he is followed by the dog.
- My Little Pony: Equestria Girls turns Spike the dragon into a dog when he follows Twilight Sparkle through the mirror portal into the human world. Human!Pinkie Pie notes when she meets them that they look just like another girl and her dog living in the city; we meet them in The Stinger of the second film, and Spike the dog is featured in the subsequent films in place of Spike the dragon.
Films — Live-Action
- I Am Legend: The protagonist has a pet dog. Since a viral outbreak nearly eradicated humanity, this dog is the protagonist's only company and pretty much the only thing keeping the crushing desolation from driving him insane.
- An Enforced Trope by the Agency in Kingsman: The Secret Service. Each of the recruits is instructed to adopt a puppy, train it and take it with them everywhere, in order to learn about teamwork. Subverted when the final test comes. And then Double Subverted when it turned out they were shooting blanks.
- The Twilight Zone (1959) episode "The Hunt". Hyder Simpson is accompanied everywhere by his dog Rip...even in the afterlife.
- Inspector Rex, or Kommissar Rex in its native language. The tale of a crime-solving police dog and its owner.
- Ned of Pushing Daisies has Digby, though Digby seems to like Chuck and Olive just as much.
- Top Gear had Dog, a female Labradoodle who accompanied Richard Hammond on his adventures for Season 8 and part of Season 9.
- Star Trek: Enterprise: Captain Archer has his beagle, Porthos. (In the Mirror Universe, though, Porthos is a Rottweiler.)
- Pit Boss: Shorty Rossi has his big friendly service pit bulls Hercules and Geisha.
- Tales of the Gold Monkey: Jake Cutter has Jack, the one-eyed Jack Russell terrier.
- Wishbone is a dog that belongs to Joe Talbot.
- Veronica Mars is always careful to bring Backup whenever she goes on stakeouts.
- Person of Interest has Bear the military-trained Belgian Malinois, who responds to commands in Dutch.
- Once Upon a Time has Archie Hopper and his faithful Dalmatian Pongo.
- Later seasons of The Dukes of Hazzard gave Sheriff Rosco Coltrane his beloved basset hound Flash.
- Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman: Sully was rarely seen without his faithful dog Wolf, an Alaskan Malamute.
- Sue Thomas: F.B.Eye: Sue Thomas is a deaf FBI agent. Levi is Sue's hearing ear dog.
- Toto from Emerald City, who in this universe is a K9 police dog who happened to be in the car when it was sucked into the tornado, follows Dorothy everywhere. Though he seems to prefer Sylvie.
- The chaps of Three Men in a Boat have the canine delinquent Montmorency.
- I Am Legend: The Dog in the original short story is a subversion. The survivor tries to tame a feral dog into his companion. He appears to succeed in getting the dog to take food from him, and then you find out the dog died two weeks later due to illnesses.
- The Dresden Files: Harry's dog Mouse goes all sorts of places dogs don't usually go.
- Old Kingdom: Lirael has the Disreputable Dog. Kinda.
- Haplo, Anti-Hero of The Death Gate Cycle, has a dog that goes everywhere with him, even when this defies all logic or common sense. It turns out that the dog, unknown to everyone, is actually a magical manifestation of Haplo's soul.
- In Pocket in the Sea, Vicky, Lulu's dog, visits him in prison (and it apparently a regular visitor), is brought on board a deployed military submarine and even goes to prison with the crew later on in the book. Despite her adventures, Vicky is very distinctly a dog.
- In The Silmarillion story of Beren and Lúthien, the title characters are accompanied on their adventures by the wolfhound Huan.
- Oleg Divov's The Dog Master features an entire paramilitary organization where specially-equipped soldiers hunt zombie-like creatures with their dogs. They are led by the titular Dog Master. Neither the dogs nor their masters survive the final battle with the zombies.
- In John C. Wright's The Golden Transcendence, Phaethon populates the bridge with mannequins of famous explorers. Including the dog of one such explorer, because it was just not right to have that man without his dog.
- A Song of Ice and Fire has the Stark kids and their direwolves
- In the Walt Longmire series of mysteries by Craig Johnson, from book two onward the old sheriff is accompanied everywhere by an oversized St. Bernard/Shepherd/miscellaneous mix called Dog. (The dog adopted him, and Walt never got around to giving him a name.) Walt not only implicitly trusts Dog's instincts but wryly muses about what Dog has figured out about the latest case and his various other social complications.
- In Ted Wood's mystery/action series about Reid Bennett, a Canadian small-town policeman, Bennett's Alsatian police dog Sam is important enough to make them an outright Buddy Cop Show duo.
- In Dana Stabenow's mystery series about Alaskan investigator Kate Shugak, Shugak is usually accompanied, and at times rescued, by her faithful husky/wolf cross Mutt.
- Played With in Beetle in the Anthill: Lev Abalkin explored the dying planet of Hope with his longtime partner Schyokn-Itrch, a golovan—that is, member of a sentient species evolved from dogs native to another planet recovering from a nuclear war. The golovans are extremely intelligent, fearless, and possess superhuman senses, so in many ways, Abalkin is Schyokn's humanoid companion rather than vice versa.
- In The Odyssey, the only one to recognize Odysseus when he returns home in disguise is his aged, faithful dog Argos—who had never abandoned hope, and who died happy after seeing his master one last time.
- In Angelmaker, Edie's is a small, old pug with pale pink glass eyeballs .
- Gry trains a guide dog named Coaly for Orrec in Gifts when he goes blindfold due to being unable to control his Deadly Gaze. He keeps her even after he takes the blindfold off.
- Rosemary Sutcliff gave many of her protagonists a canine partner – notably Cub the tame wolf in The Eagle of the Ninth, King Arthur's Cabal in Sword at Sunset, Whitethroat in Warrior Scarlet, A Dog Named "Dog" in Dawn Wind, Hugin in Sword Song, and Argos in Brother Dusty-Feet. The Silver Branch, bizarrely, features Cullen the Hound, a human sidekick who thinks he's a dog.
- Land of Oz: Toto accompanies Dorothy on her adventures to and around the Land of Oz
- Jen from Sea of the Patchwork Cats has the brain and spliced DNA of a dog. She still looks human enough. Wink Wink.
- Journey to Chaos: Kae Ninea the mercenary never goes anywhere without her black lap partner, Jet.
- Ijori's dog, Oochoo, from Literature/Fairest is this. One is never without the other for long.
- Arkham Horror has an Ally card for a dog named Duke. He's good for your sanity.
- Duke is specifically "Ashcan" Pete's companion. Pete starts with Duke and if he fails his personal story, Duke is the only ally that does not abandon him.
- Warhammer 40,000: Space Wolves ride Fenrisian Wolves, ginormous wolves that can grow to bigger than a rhinoceros, and are tamed by finding the pack leader and defeating it in single combat (or being raised by them, as has happened twice already). And they really do follow the hero everywhere: strategic briefings involving multiple Chapters involve either telling the nine-foot-tall space Viking in Power Armor and a giant axe to go wait outside, or tolerate the panting, scratching, and roughhousing of half a dozen wolves bigger than the briefing room table.
- In the new Mutant Chronicles: Warzone Resurrection, Mitch Hunter can form a combat team with his dog Pride.
- This is the central mechanic in Haunting Ground, which has Fiona rely on Hewie as both her primary means of defense and to recover items in areas that are inaccessible to her. Together, they must puzzle their way past the castle's dangers in order to escape.
- Suikoden II: Kinnison and his dog, Shiro, live in the forest surrounding Ryubei Village. If Riou puts the baby bird back in its nest and returns a short while later, Kinnison will ask if he was the one who saved it. Answer "yes" and they'll join Riou's army.
- Dogmeat, a dog which the player can have join their party, also makes a cameo (and acted as a non-canon bonus character) in Fallout 2 (along with two normally recruitable cybernetic dogs companions: K-9 and Robodog, and a "special encounter" jinxed dog called Pariah) and appears (in 3D for the first time) in Fallout 3. He's found next to a dead body named Max, a homage to Mad Max 2 and his dog, Dog. Fallout: New Vegas also gives you Rex, a new cyberdog companion, and in the DLC "Old World Blues" you can get Roxie, a female cyberdog (which can actually "mate" with Rex in several endings if certain conditions are attained).
- Many players have been known to Save Scum should their dog companions die in Fallout. Human companions, meanwhile, are generally considered expendable. This is now sufficiently accepted that after Fallout 4 was announced, the games director publicly stated that this time "... the dog can't die, because you're just going to re-load."
- In Fable II, the protagonist gets a dog to help fight off enemies and find buried treasure. You get a dog in Fable III as well.
- Samurai Shodown: Galford is accompanied in battle by his dog Poppy, who also assists him with some attacks.
- Final Fantasy:
- Final Fantasy VI: The ninja Shadow has Interceptor, who helps him in battle. Because Interceptor was coded as a hidden status effect, it's possible to accidentally lose him.
- Final Fantasy VIII: Most of Rinoa's Limit Break attacks involve her dog, Angelo.
- Final Fantasy X: The Aeon Yojimbo has a dog named Daigoro that helps him in battle.
- Secret of Evermore's hero has a dog that helps him in battle.
- Tales of Vesperia has Repede, a damned big dog loyal to Yuri, the main protagonist. Oh, and he's a playable party member as well.
- The Shinobi sequel Shadow Dancer had Yamato, who you could sick on enemies to prevent them from attacking.
- In Dragon Age: Origins, you have an opportunity to get a Mabari hound into your party, unless you're a Human Noble, then you've had one for years. Ferelden loves dogs.
- Conquest Of The Crystal Palace: Farron and his dog Zap are the only ones brave enough to rise against the conquest.
- Deadly Premonition has Forrest Kaysen's dalmatian Willie, who is exceptionally good at tracking down missing people. According to Word of God, it also relays orders to Kaysen from the Red World.
- The Dead to Rights games has Shadow, an insanely vicious husky capable of killing Mooks as well as his Cowboy Cop partner Jack Slate as well as being able to solve puzzles or get various objects needed for Jack to progress.
- Minecraft has wolves, the first mob that can be tamed. They'll follow you around and help you fight, whether that means defending you from hostile mobs or hunting down passive mobs that you have targeted.
- The orange dog from But That Was Yesterday.
- Missile from Ghost Trick. Possibly the greatest example ever.
- Dog from Half-Life 2, although his (it's?) body moves more like a gorilla, but the way he acts and his function in the game are both clearly dog-like.
- Dog/Worthless Mutt from Arcanum. He can join your party without taking up a companion slot and train himself to be a melee master.
- Quite a few Pokémon are based on dogs; examples include the Growlithe, Snubbull, Houndour, Poochyena, Riolu, Lillipup, Furfrou, and Rockruff families.
- If you include foxes, then the Vulpix, Zorua and Fennekin families also count.
- In Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance, Bladewolf accompanies Raiden from File-02 onward and by the end he's more or less become Sunny's Canine Companion instead.
- Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain: D-Dog, who can be selected to accompany Big Boss on his missions.
- The Elder Scrolls
- Clavicus Vile, the Daedric Prince of Bargains and Wishes, is often accompanied by Barbas, Vile's external conscience. While Barbas might appear closer to a Hell Hound in statues, he is much closer to a Big, Friendly Dog in personality and when he takes form in the mortal world.
- Oblivion and Skyrim both have optional dog companions. Oblivion's in the form of a skinned hound reward for a quest, and Skyrim's in the form of randomly encountered "wild dogs" that can be commanded to come along with you. In Skyrim, one quest has the aforementioned Barbas join you for a time.
- Nosferatu: The Wrath Of Malachi: Aunt Sophie's dog Buster will follow you around and fight off monsters once you free him.
- Star Wars: The Old Republic: Knights of the Fallen Empire introduces a purchasable Akk Dog as a combat companion (which can somehow heal the player). Although this is playing a little bit loose with the definition of "canine" — akk dogs look and act roughly like — wolves actually — but biologically they're more like giant, angry, blaster-resistant reptiles with More Teeth than the Osmond Family.
- In The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, you can unlock Wolf Link as a hunting partner for the player by using the appropriate Amiibo.
- In Dark Souls there's the Great Grey Wolf, Sif. Sif was the wolf companion of Sir Artorias, the Abysswalker (a giant himself) even after his death. Sif guarded Artorias's grave until death and wielded the great sword Artorias once used.
- Darkest Dungeon's hero lineup includes the Houndmaster, who's never seen without his faithful canine. She assists in several of his attacks and abilities, and his combat animations include hugging her and shielding her from harm with his body.
- Played straight with Wolfie in Far Lands Or Bust, but subverted in Mindcrack Ultra Hardcore, where Kurt's wolves have been responsible for his deaths in both seasons 5 and 6.
- The Autobiography of Jane Eyre: Mr Rochester travels a lot and apparently he takes Pilot with him. He even tweets as Pilot. Sometimes it's really what a dog might say, but sometimes the tweets are business related.
- Raven and Swan in Aurora Danse Macabre.
- Bob and George: Mega Man assumes he has this
- The Fox Sister: Soot Bull to Yun Hee.
- A Redtail's Dream: Hannu's trusty dog Ville (who is often in the shape of other animals while on their dreamquest, but always has his own doggy nature).
- Webcomic/Homestuck: Jade has Becquerel, and even when Jack Noir gets prototyped with him, he still can't bear himself to kill her.
- Stand Still, Stay Silent: Reynir's fylgja, which sometimes guides him in the mage-exclusive dreamspace, is an Icelandic sheepdog.
- From G.I. Joe: Junkyard (a Rottweiler) to Mutt, Order (a German shepherd) to Law, and Timber (a timberwolf) to Snake-Eyes.
- Mickey Mouse and Pluto. Donald also has a dog in some comic strips, but whether or not it's canon depends on the writer. Same shorts even paired Donald up WITH Pluto with Mickey nowhere in sight.
- Wallace & Gromit. Just to be crystal clear about this, Gromit is the Canine Companion. Although he's the brains of the duo.
- ReBoot: Enzo and Frisket.
- The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Jimmy Neutron has his (mechanical) dog Goddard.
- Scooby-Doo: Scooby ris rthis ro Shaggy.
- Spongebob Squarepants: Mr. Krabs has Mr. Doodles, his pet worm (which is the underwater equivalent to dogs in the show).
- Blue Falcon has Dynomutt Dog Wonder.
- My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic gives us Winona, the pet dog of Applejack who in addition to being a loyal companion, is trained to help herd sheep and cattle.
- Jimmy Two-Shoes: Jimmy and Cerbee.
- Doug and Porkchop.
- Jake the Dog from Adventure Time overlaps this with Non-Human Sidekick, and is the sidekick of Finn the Token Human.
- The Legend of Korra has Avatar Korra and her Canis Major Polar Bear-Dog, Naga, who doubles as Korra's Horse of a Different Color.
- Rugrats: Tommy and Spike.
- Rocko's Modern Life: Rocko and Spunky.
- C.O.P.S. has Officer Bowser and his Robot Dog Blitz (who's actually a cyborg, having the brain of Bowser's previous dog who took a bullet for his master).
- In Batman Beyond, whenever Ace goes along with Terry, he's like a heroic version of Right-Hand Attack Dog.
- Toto in Lost In Oz.
- Older than dirt. Dogs were domesticated from wolves during the stone age and have been humanity's companion animal ever since.
- John Steinbeck's Travels With Charley, an account of his 1960 road trip around the U.S. with his French poodle Charley.
- Franklin D. Roosevelt and his various dogs, particularly his Scottish Terrier Fala.
- Various celebrities, mostly females, at one point or another carried a small Chihuahua or similar with them in their handbag as a fashion accessory.
- The self-proclaimed "Fashion Czar" Rudolf Mooshammer from Munich, Germany also had one called Daisy that he carried everywhere he went.
- Paris Hilton and Tinkerbell.
- Queen Elizabeth II is rarely seen out of the company of at least one of her large brood of corgis.
- Dogs that work in fire investigation, bomb or drug sniffing, rescue, etc. practically live as a member of their handler's family in order to increase effectiveness via better rapport.
- The Texas A&M Corps of Cadets has Reveille VIII, the latest in a dynasty of purebred Rough Collies. Some facts about this dynasty:
- The original Reveille was a stray mutt that some cadets brought home after accidentally hitting her with their car. They brought her back to campus and smuggled her into the dorms, intending to quietly take her to the vet school in the morning. Instead, the dog revealed herself when she reacted about the same way everyone else does to the morning bugle call, Reveille, and howled in protest, thus leading to her name.
- Quite a bit of tradition surrounds Reveille. She is considered the highest ranking member of the Corps of Cadets, a Cadet Generalnote , and all other cadets are expected to greet her accordingly, and address her as "Miss Reveille, Ma'am." She is to be attended by a cadet at all times, with this duty usually going to a specific cadet in Company E-2, known colloquially as "The Dog Corporal". She eats meals in the same dining hall as the cadets, Duncan Dining Hallnote , and attends classes with the cadets. If she barks during class, it is said that class is dismissed per her authoritynote . When a Reveille dies, she is buried in front of Kyle Field, facing the scoreboard so she can see how the Aggies are doing, with a full funeral, where thousands of students and cadets attend.
- Back in 1953 the University of Tennessee elected Smokey the Bluetick Coonhound to be their mascot. During the halftime of the 1953 game against Mississippi State several coon hounds were introduced to the student body for consideration. "Blue Smokey" was the last in line, and when his name was called he howled loudly. The stadium went nuts and he was basically elected on the spot. The current mascot is Smokey X.
- Miley Cyrus owns (or owned) a large assortment of pet dogs over the years, many of them adopted from animal shelters, and pictures of her and her dogs regularly appear on her Twitter account. She dedicated her performance of "Rebel Yell" at her 2012 VH-1 Divas concert on the air to Lila, a pet dog she tragically lost a month before (fans donated to a charity in Lila's honor).
- Russian President Vladmir Putin's dog Koni is extremely faithful to her owner, accompanying him to meetings, press conferences, national events, and even visits with foreign dignitaries. Oh, and if an attempt is made to keep her from being beside Putin at any given time, she will escape her captivity and find a way to go to his side. This has caused some comical headaches for the overprotective President, who has urged the press to "please not feed my dog."
- A military working dog named Caironote accompanied the U.S. Navy Seals who took part in Operation Neptune Spear, in which Osama Bin Laden was killed.
- Lord Byron's Epitaph To a Dog written as a eulogy to his beloved Newfoundland dog Boatswain, who had died of rabies. Byron tended to the sick animal even at the risk of getting bitten himself.
But the poor Dog, in life the firmest friend
- Boatswain's tomb is bigger than Byron's.
The first to welcome, foremost to defend...