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->''Detective Hammer Logan III woke with a start, images of the bizarre bayou murder still fresh in his mind’s eye—a dame in trouble, body covered with bloody toothprints and saliva—but as sleep lifted, the grizzled detective remembered that he was a dog and the dame a coyote, so he spun on the bed three times and slept the rest of the day.''
-->-- '''Jacob Smith, Dallas, TX''', The Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest 2016

He may be the FunnyAnimal, the IntellectualAnimal, or maybe even the SpeechImpairedAnimal, but if there's one thing that he's incredibly good at, it's solving any kind of mystery that comes his way. He can be either a HardboiledDetective, an InspectorOblivious, or a DefectiveDetective. Whether he does it on his own, or with a friend, or with a group of humans, expect him to help solve the case with ease. This character may or may not work in a WorldOfFunnyAnimals.

Compare: AnimalSuperheroes


[[AC: {{Advertising}}]]
* Advertising PSA [=McGruff=] the crime dog has that whole Columbo thing going for him.
* An Australian ad for blood donors had a bloodhound acting in much the same way. Due to the shortage of blood donors (voluntary in that country), said bloodhound had to be a detective to find one.

[[AC: {{Anime}} and {{Manga}}]]
* Inevitable anime example: ''Anime/SherlockHound''.
* Averted by Goro in ''Manga/DetectiveConan'' - the clues he gives to Kogoro in ''The Cat Sitting Case / Secret of the Russian Blue'' (Manga / Anime titles respectively) were set out by Conan placing cat treats.

[[AC: ComicBooks]]
* Detective Chimp from Creator/DCComics.
* In the few stories he narrated himself, Franchise/{{Batman}}'s dog Ace the Bat-Hound was shown to be an expert detective.
* Joey Fly and Sammy Stingtail of the ''Joey Fly'' series, a housefly and scorpion respectively.
* ''Rex, The Wonder Dog'' from Creator/DCComics had issues where he demonstrated his capabilities as a detective. He's even best friends with the aforementioned Detective Chimp, although they rarely if ever work on cases together.
* ''ComicBook/FishPolice''. It's pretty much there in the titles.
* Detective-Inspector Archie [=LeBrock=], the badger lead character of ''Comicbook/{{Grandville}}'' and his sidekick Roderick Ratzi.

[[AC: {{Film}}]]
* ''Disney/TheGreatMouseDetective'', see ''Literature/BasilOfBakerStreet'' below.
* ''Film/ThatDarnCat''
* In ''OhHeavenlyDog'', Chevy Chase plays a private eye who is sent back to Earth as a dog on order to [[WhodunnitToMe solve his own murder]].
* In ''Film/MuppetsMostWanted'', Sam the Eagle is a CIA agent on the trail of a stolen painting.
* In ''Disney/{{Zootopia}}'', Judy Hopps is ''very methodical'' in trying to uncover clues and potential leads on the missing animals case.

[[AC: {{Literature}}]]
* In ''Literature/AnonymousRex'', a velociraptor in disguise as human is a HardboiledDetective. (But the book is set InAWorld where there are dinosaurs living among us, so he's not unique.)
* The title character of the ''Literature/MrsMurphyMysteries''.
* Akif Pirincci's ''WesternAnimation/{{Felidae}}'' series features, as you might guess from the title, a cat detective who solves cat crimes. Not as silly as it sounds.
* ''Three Bags Full'' by Leonie Swann is a murder mystery that gets solved by a flock of sheep.
* The titular hero of the ''Literature/BasilOfBakerStreet'' series is a MouseWorld version of Franchise/SherlockHolmes. These books were the source material for ''Disney/TheGreatMouseDetective''.
* The ''Literature/MidnightLouie'' series of novels, Midnight Louie being a cat.
* Catseye Gomez is a [[{{Magitek}} thaumagene]] tomcat addicted to old hard-boiled detective archetypes, who plays a key role in investigating murder cases in two of Simon Hawke's ''Wizard'' novels.
* In the ''Sherlock Chick'' children's books, the hero is a chick who was born with detective gear and a deerstalker hat. In his adventures, he solves cases for the other farm animals.
* Chet Gecko is a BigEater lizard PrivateDetective whose activities are limited to his elementary school, where the students and staff are all [[FunnyAnimal Funny Animals]].
* Bug Muldoon of ''Bug Muldoon and the Garden of Fear'' is a beetle private eye who takes jobs from insect clients in the garden where he lives.
* Similar to the Bug Muldoon example, ''Incognito Mosquito, Private Insective'', ''Ace Lacewing'', and ''Spider Kane''.
* '''Private I. Guana'', which features an iguana detective who tries to find a missing HollywoodChameleon for a client.
* ''Detective Dinosaur'' - the title character is a CluelessDetective assisted by his [[PteroSoarer pterosaur]] HypercompetentSidekick and DaChief, a [[TyrannosaurusRex Tyrannosaurus rex]].
* In Walter Brooks' ''Literature/FreddyThePig'' series, one of said character's hobbies was running a detective agency.
* The ''Literature/ChetAndBernie'' detective stories, about private detective Bernie Little, narrated by his dog Chet.
* In ''Literature/CityOfDevils'' and [[Literature/FiftyFeetOfTrouble its sequel]], the LAPD and local Sheriff's Departments are entirely staffed by werewolves.
* The ''Literature/JoeGrey'' series, featuring a pair of cats with the unique ability to speak and think like humans. After finding out "whodunnit," they phone in anonymous tips to the local police force.
* The ''Sherlock Hound'' novel series by Brenda Sivers. Unrelated to the anime version, beyond "Sherlock Holmes parody".
* Left ambiguously open by Lilian Jackson Braun in her ''Literature/TheCatWho'' series - Koko gives clues that in hindsight point directly at the criminal, though it is never made clear whether the clues are coincidental.
* Hettie Bagshott and her sidekick Tilly in ''The No. 2 Feline Detective Agency'' by Mandy Morton.

[[AC: LiveActionTV]]
* ''Series/LancelotLinkSecretChimp''
* ''Series/{{Wishbone}}'' played the roles of Franchise/SherlockHolmes in "Literature/TheHoundOfTheBaskervilles" and "Scandal in Bohemia" and Literature/CAugusteDupin in "Literature/ThePurloinedLetter".
* The German Shepherd dog ''Series/InspectorRex'' from the [[ProtagonistTitle eponymous]] UsefulNotes/{{Austria}}n and later Italian crime series. He is a skillful dog who has been helpful to solve many crimes.

[[AC: NewspaperComics]]
* ''ComicStrip/SlylockFox'' is a puzzle strip featuring a fox who solves crimes while dressed as Franchise/SherlockHolmes. Most of the other characters are anthropomorphic animals, too.

[[AC: PuppetShows]]
* Colambo in ''Series/SesameStreet'' is an ovine Columbo parody.
* Roland Rat once starred in a series called ''Tales of the Rodent Sherlock Holmes''.
* Episode 103 of ''Series/TheMuppetShow'' had a Sherlock Holmes spoof starring Rowlf.
* In ''Series/MuppetsTonight'', episode 206, there's a sketch in which Sherlock Holmes is a whale.

[[AC: Radio]]
* In the BigFinishDoctorWho serials, the Doctor's companion Frobisher is an alien called a Whifferdill that can change shape. His favorite shape, and the one he adopts in his day job as a detective, is penguin.

[[AC: VideoGames]]
* Team Chaotix from ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog''.
* [[EverythingsBetterWithPenguins Pennington]] from ''VideoGame/PaperMarioTheThousandYearDoor''. [[spoiler:Though at the end of the chapter, he reveals he's not a real detective, he just likes to pretend]].
* ''Barnyard Sherlock Hooves'' features a cow and a rat trying to determine what became of their missing friends.
* Even Pokemon gets in on this with ''VideoGame/DetectivePikachu,'' which is also being made into a movie.

[[AC: WesternAnimation]]
* Franchise/ScoobyDoo, most of the time.
* Brain from ''WesternAnimation/InspectorGadget''.
* WesternAnimation/DarkwingDuck, like his inspiration Franchise/{{Batman}}, is a BadassNormal AnimalSuperhero who also does detective work from time to time.
* Mumbly, though he is said to be an {{Expy}} of [[WesternAnimation/WackyRaces Muttley]].
* ''WesternAnimation/ClueClub'' featured two dog characters, Woofer and Wimper. However, Woofer is a bit of a KnowNothingKnowItAll and Wimper is his HypercompetentSidekick.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Jabberjaw}}'' featured the eponymous shark who helped his human friends, Biff, Shelly, Bubbles and Clamhead, solve mysteries in a futuristic underwater world.
* Subverted with ''WesternAnimation/HongKongPhooey'', who may be "number one super guy", but the mysteries that he encounters are actually solved by his cat, [[HypercompetentSidekick Spot]].
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSylvesterAndTweetyMysteries'', though it's mostly accidental. The bickering among Sylvester, Tweety and often Hector causes clues to appear in front of Granny, who then solves the mysteries herself.
* WesternAnimation/SnooperAndBlabber are a cat-and-mouse detective team.
* The Hunter from ''WesternAnimation/KingLeonardoAndHisShortSubjects''.
* Perry the Platypus from ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb''.
* ''WesternAnimation/DangerMouse''. He's a secret agent but he still does yeoman's detective work.
* Chip of ''WesternAnimation/ChipNDaleRescueRangers'' does most of the detective work for the group.
* Ace Yu/Ace Hart from ''WesternAnimation/DogCity''.
* WesternAnimation/DaffyDuck in ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' shorts:
** As [[ComicStrip/DickTracy Duck Twacy]] in ''The Great Piggy Bank Robbery''.
** As [[Franchise/{{Dragnet}} Sgt Joe Monday]] in ''Rocket Squad''.
** As [[Franchise/SherlockHolmes Dorlock Holmes]] in ''Deduce, You Say!''
** As Boston Quackie in ''Boston Quackie''
** As China Jones in ''China Jones''
* ''WesternAnimation/FishPolice'', the InNameOnly adaptation of the comic book mentioned above. [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin They're fish, and they're police]].
* ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'' had a ShowWithinAShow called ''Duck-Tective'', which was about a duck (A plain, ordinary duck) in a Sherlock Holmes hat solving mysteries.