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

CatStereotype is the species counterpart of this (though it usually has more to do with color than breed).

'''Common Dog Breed Stereotypes:'''

* Mixed-breed dogs (aka, "Mongrels"/"mutts") are often street-smart and heroic unless they're specific "designer dog"-esque mixes.
* Poodles are dainty and spoiled, ideal for the RichBitch. And almost AlwaysFemale. Occasionally sports a French accent (playing on the "French Poodle" {{National Stereotype|s}}). The fact that they were originally bred as hunting dogs is quite unlikely to be discussed. Some, especially miniature or toy poodles, may play against type and be a PsychoPoodle.
* [[BullyBulldog English Bulldogs]] often have English accents (playing on the "British bulldog" {{National Stereotype| s}}) or are big and dumb. The big part may be due to confusion with two bigger breeds -- the Boxer and the English mastiff -- since English Bulldogs are, for the most part, relatively small. In older works they were often [[BullyBulldog cast as]] [[AngryGuardDog villains]]. This portrayal is less common in recent years; nowadays Pitbulls, Dobermans, and Rottweilers are the breeds hit with this stereotype.
* Great Danes are big and friendly, perhaps boisterously clumsy, and also dumb (the archetypal example being Franchise/ScoobyDoo).
* Dobermans are often fiercely disciplined soldiers when they aren't {{Angry Guard Dog}}s.
* Old English Sheepdogs are lovable goofs who are half blind with their fur covering their eyes.
* Pitbulls (Staffordshire Bull Terriers, American Staffordshire Terriers, and American Pit Bull Terriers) are portrayed as invariably savage and ferocious. That stereotype is the very reason they are the biggest targets of breed-specific legislation (BSL) in RealLife. In older works they tend to be portrayed as good with kids and are often portayed as patriotic, much like modern American works portray German Shepherds.
* Rottweilers are portrayed as being somewhat friendlier than Pit Bulls, but are dangerous if provoked with jaws like a steel trap.
* Saint Bernards are lovably stoic heroes who will [[SaintBernardRescue brave the fiercest blizzard to save the day]]. They will often be shown carrying a flask of alcohol around their necks, even though real Saint Bernards never did this.
* Very small dogs, especially Chihuahuas and Pomeranians, have a reputation for [[TheNapoleon taking on more than they can handle]] and/or being overly spoiled (similar to the poodle). Frequently MisterMuffykins.
** Chihuahuas are often portrayed as TheNapoleon, PluckyComicRelief, a NervousWreck, and/or being overly spoiled. Often portrayed with a Mexican {{National Stereotype| s}}.
* Dalmatians are stereotyped as firehouse mascots.
* Thin, graceful dogs with flowing, feathery features such as the Saluki or Afghan Hound are invariably portrayed as females, possibly portrayed as TheChick. Stockier dogs with long fur (like the Shih Tzu) will also get this treatment.
* Sled dogs like Huskies and Samoyeds are generally merry energetic fellows, eager to be on the go for whatever reason.
* Golden Retrievers and Laborador Retrievers are FunPersonified and are almost always depicted as a FriendToAllChildren. Labs also have a reputation for being [[DogsAreDumb dumb]] and [[BigEater always hungry]].
* Pembroke Welsh Corgis are often PluckyComicRelief. Sometimes they have English accents and act like English NationalStereotypes due to their association with [[UsefulNotes/HMTheQueen Queen Elizabeth II]].
* German Shepherds are often portrayed as either TheAce or TheHero. Sometimes they are {{Angry Guard Dog}}s in works where they are not a main character or not even much of a character at all.
* Collies are often portrayed as TheAce, with Series/{{Lassie}} being the archetype.
* Scenthounds, especially Bloodhounds and Basset Hounds, are often portrayed as low-energy and laconic.
* Beagles are often portrayed as FriendToAllChildren and are associated with rural kids.
* Scottish Terriers are often portrayed as are plucky, scrappy little fellows who speak with a Scottish accent.
* Cairn Terriers, West Highland White terriers (Westies), and similar terrier breeds are plucky, scrappy little fellows.
* Greyhounds are canine speed personified. They are often hyper and usually racers.
* Pugs are either TheKlutz or TheLoad, but always the PluckyComicRelief
* Spaniels (especially Cavalier Spaniels) are soft and pampered, but desperately devoted to their owners--usually both the dog and the owner are female (due to their ears resembling long hair). Expect them to find hidden resources if Mistress is in danger.
* If an unusual breed (in the public's eye) is featured, this usually means one of the writers specifically had such a dog, and it might be specifically mentioned.
* Border Collies are very FunPersonified but when it comes to work they take their duties seriously. They are focused, hard working and prideful, but because of this they also tend to consider themselves better/smarter/more useful than other pets/household animals.
* Bull Terriers are often a mix of English Bulldog stereotypes and Pit Bull stereotypes. They're presented as sweet house dogs and friends to kids just as often as they're angry guard dogs.
* Boston Terriers are {{Big Eater}}s and friendly.
* Jack Russell Terriers are a bit on the hyper-active side but otherwise they're much like the Beagle.
* Poodle mixes are more likely to be hit with the "big, friendly goofy dog" cliche than pure Poodles, most likely to emphasize the other part of their heritage.

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

See also AngryGuardDog, BigFriendlyDog, DogsAreDumb.



* An ad for Napa auto parts features a hunter in a marsh using a Poodle with a pink bow in its fur as his hunting dog. The tag line is "Having the wrong auto part makes even less sense." Poodles are a hunting breed specifically bred to retrieve animals in wetland settings.
* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AHgGo5dNgeg This ad]] for Beggin' Strips dog treats includes an overly excitable golden retriever, a dumb English bulldog, a French poodle, and a British corgi, among others.

[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* ''Anime/ExcelSaga'' has an "animal story" episode featuring a Scottish terrier and a dog of a Chinese breed, both with appropriate accents in the North American dub. (The mutts, though, have generic American accents.)
* Subverted and played straight in ''Manga/HoneyAndClover'', where a pet poodle is getting spoiled and treated as the cutest thing alive by the girl, but to the hero and the audience it looks [[AngryGuardDog downright frightening]]!
* Subverted with Ben the Great Dane from ''Manga/GingaNagareboshiGin''. He may be a big dog and have the regular Great Dane looks, but he's very clever and a powerful fighter. Not to mention ''[[NoOneCouldSurviveThat ungodly durable]]''. Played straight with Sniper the Doberman however, who is pure evil.
** Cross, Ben's mate and the only female fighter in the Ohu army, is a Saluki. The trope is subverted in the sequel, though, as their son George is both a HotBlooded warrior CoveredWithScars and also the spitting image of his mother.
* ''Anime/GingaDensetsuWeed:''
** Horribly subverted with Hougen and Genba. They may be Great Danes, but they're pure ''evil''.
** Played straight with Lecter and Thunder. Both are as ruthless as Sniper was, and we're actually trained by him in the manga.
** Subverted with Rocket, a Borzoi. Despite being a fast runner, he's actually one of the less HotBlooded dogs in the series.
* Shiba Inu are often described as a "cat-like" breed. Taroumaru from ''Manga/SchoolLive'' is a stubborn, independent little puppy.
* Tadakichi-san from ''Anime/AzumangaDaioh'' is a Great Pyrenees (think of an all-white Saint Bernard and you're not far off), and is characterized exactly as you'd expect. He's a GentleGiant.
* ''Anime/MassuguNiIkou'':
** Inverted with Hanako. Kishu are known for being headstrong, strong-willed hunting dogs. Hanako does display the loyalty and devotion associated with Kishu, but she's a playful {{Cloudcuckoolander}} who couldn't hurt a fly.
** Averted with Sora. She doesn't fit the cuddly and goofy image associated with Dachshund and instead is more like an ''actual'' Dachshund. She's very rude and athletic.
** Played straight with Sebastian, the cutesy friendly Yorkshire Terrier.

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

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* In the ''ComicBook/{{Nova}}'' comic book series, the hero meets Cosmos, a telepathic cosmonaut dog with a Russian accent.
* One of the narrators in ''The Gingerbread Girl'' is an English Bulldog; contrary to the stereotype, he's extremely cultured and intelligent.

[[folder:Comic Strips]]
* ''ComicStrip/{{Marmaduke}}'' is the quintessential big, clumsy, lovable Great Dane, even moreso than Scooby.
* ''ComicStrip/DogsOfCKennel'' plays this straight with Will being a tough streetwise Pit Bull, Kenny being a hyperactive yet [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} scatterbrained]] Husky, and Iggy being a NervousWreck Chihuahua. It is subverted with Oliver the Great, who is a [[ThePerfectionist stiff-upper-lipped]] Great Dane.

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* This trope is played pretty straight in ''WesternAnimation/AllDogsGoToHeaven.'' Charlie is a German Shepherd and is generally portrayed as TheHero of the movie, while Carface is a Pitbull who is an aggressive, murderous mob boss and is the main villain of the movie. The [[WesternAnimation/AllDogsGoToHeaven sequel]] features a female Saluki as Charlie's love interest.
* The titular hero of ''Disney/{{Bolt}}'' is ([[InformedSpecies supposedly]]) a White Shepherd (an offshoot breed of the German Shepherd) who is protective, heroic, serious, and committed to his preteen owner.
* Subverted in the ''WesternAnimation/OpenSeason'' sequel. The poodle Fifi, despite the name and TertiarySexualCharacteristics (including a dainty blue bow), is a male (and voiced by Creator/CrispinGlover no less!) He's neurotic but no less spoiled.
* Sid Phillips had a vicious toy-chewing Bull Terrier in ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory'' who would attack Buzz and Woody when ever on screen with both of them.
* Almost played straight in ''Disney/OliverAndCompany''. Dodger (some kind of terrier mix) is a fast-talking, street-wise mutt JiveTurkey, Tito is a Chihuahua with a HairTriggerTemper, Georgette the Poodle is a spoiled literal RichBitch, the {{Ironic Nickname}}d Einstein exemplifies the Great Dane's GoodIsDumb stereotype, Rita the Saluki, as per the SmurfettePrinciple is the only female of Dodger's gang, and Dobermans Rosco and Desoto are the classic {{Angry Guard Dog}}s. Only Francis runs contrary to steretypes, being a well-educated Bulldog with an appreciation for the arts and a British accent.
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Up}}'', Muntz's dogs match the sides they're on. Dug is a [[KindheartedSimpleton loveable if dumb]] golden retriever who immediately makes friends with the protagonists, while Alpha is a ruthless doberman who hunts down the protagonists and the LivingMacGuffin.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSecretLifeOfPets:'' The poodle is a subversion. Not only is he male, but he's into rock music.
* The trope may have gained popularity with ''Disney/LadyAndTheTramp''. It has a pound full of colorful ethnic stereotypes, including a rare American example of an English Bulldog with an English accent (think cockney, not [[IAmVeryBritish posh.]]). It's also played straight in the [[Disney/LadyAndTheTrampIIScampsAdventure sequel]] where Scamp, Lady and the Tramp's son runs away to join a pack of feral dogs whose leader is a Doberman. While he acts like a decent guy at first, he eventually turns out the villain. Scamp's love interest Angel is a street-savvy but sweet mutt.
* ''WesternAnimation/OverTheHedge'' had staff who consciously decided to play against this trope by having the Rottweiler be energetic and ultra-friendly instead of mean and vicious, as per the usual stereotype.
* In ''Film/OsmosisJones'', the "firefighter" white blood cells trying to cool down the inflammation in Frank's throat have a dalmatian cell.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* ''Film/HomewardBoundTheIncredibleJourney'' uses this trope subtly, as the animals speak with regional accents rather than racial ones. Shadow, the Golden Retriever, is a wise dog who lived much of his life in the country. Sassy the Himalayan cat is ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin. Chance the American Bulldog speaks with a young and naive accent, owing to his status as the kid. In the sequel, we are treated to a slew of dogs that were raised in the inner city and have accents reflecting that. There's also a very prissy Toy Poodle who speaks like a French diva.
* ''Homeward Bound'''s predecessor ''Literature/TheIncredibleJourney'' (1963) had Luath the young, energetic Labrador Retriever, Tao the Siamese cat, and Bodger the wise, noble old Bull Terrier. (These versions, however, didn't speak.)
* Played with in ''Film/{{Hulk}}'', in which two of the Hulked-out dogs are a pit bull and rottweiler, as expected for scary aggressive canines. The third is a scary, vicious ''poodle''.
* ''Film/CatsAndDogs'' has the World Dog Council, where, among others, the Chinese delegate is a Shar Pei and the German delegate is a German Shepherd.
* {{Invoked}} in ''The Doberman Gang'', where a group of gangsters uses trained Dobermans for a bank job ''specifically'' because they're scary. Also played straight, as they ''are'' well disciplined enough to rob a bank under the direction of training whistles.
* Petey from ''Film/TheLittleRascals'' is a Staffordshire Bull Terrier and uses the old "Nanny Dog" portrayal. He's a nice dog who is friends with the children.
* The title character of ''Film/MarleyAndMe'' is quite possibly ''the'' stereotypical backyard Labrador: a BigFriendlyDog with [[KindheartedSimpleton far more enthusiasm than sense.]]
* Subverted in ''Literature/{{Cujo}}'', as well as the novel it was based on, both of which feature an uncommonly vicious rabid Saint Bernard. He fits the stereotype normally but due to being rabid he is vicious.
* ''Film/MeetTheFeebles'':
** Barry the Bulldog is every bulldog stereotype rolled into one (except for being dumb): [[TheBrute brutal]], thuggish, and [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking British]], he serves as Bletch's personal bodyguard.
** Subverted with Lucille the Poodle, however. She's a nice, sweet little dog who'd never hurt a fly. Really, the only thing stereotypical about her is her gender.

* ''Literature/SurvivorDogs'':
** Lucky, the main protagonist of the same arc, is a Golden Retriever and Collie mix, and he's one HeroicDog.
** Moon is a hardworking Border Collie, and being a mother doesn't stop her from helping her pack. Mickey is a Border Collie as well and, while reluctant to let go of his fondness to humans at first, is a dedicated member of the Wild Pack.
** Storm tries very hard to defy the usual Doberman stereotype, and while she's very loyal to her pack, the HotBlooded nature of her breed (as far as we know in the series) is still there. Arrow also downplays this trope, for while he can be moody, he's a decent dog. Most of the Dobermans, however, do play this trope straight.
** Subverted with the Alpha before Sweet. He's a wolf-dog hybrid, but he's an aggressive bullying [[TheSocialDarwinist Social Darwinist]] who picks on Storm for [[FantasticRacism being a Doberman pinscher]].
** Sweet has a history of being a racing dog but otherwise doesn't fit many Greyhound stereotypes.
* ''Literature/DogsOfTheDrownedCity'':
** Shep is a German Shepherd and the hero of the story, loyal to his friends and looking out for his pack. This is also downplayed since he's also quite the PoliticallyIncorrectHero (looking down on smaller breeds) and can act harshly if a human tries hurting the dogs in his pack.
** Averted with Daisy, who is a no-nonsense Pug who actually becomes part of Shep's council.
** Honey is a Goldendoodle who is friendly to many dogs, and she's even friendly to cats (especially Fuzz, a declawed cat she looks after) and other non-dog pets.
* ''Literature/HankTheCowdog'' is a mutt who may be a braggart and boasting about his supposed awesome feats, but he'll always save the day, and he's a FriendToAllChildren. He even says that it's his duty as a cowdog to protect all children from evil.
* ''Literature/ADogsPurpose'' is about a dog that {{reincarna|tion}}es several times:
** In his first life as Toby he is a mixed-breed stray. He, however, doesn't show any street smarts as he died young.
** Bailey is a Golden Retriever. He's stubborn but loves to play, loves to eat, and is extremely dedicated to his boy Ethan.
** As Ellie, she is a search-and-rescue dog and thus fits the "HeroicDog" and "Good with kids" cliches.
** Buddy is a Labrador Retriever. He, however, is unusually somber due to his PastLifeMemories allowing him to be more mature than other dogs. Still, Buddy is friendly and dedicated to [[spoiler:the now-aged Ethan who he reunites with]].
** Max is a Yorkshire Terrier and Chihuahua cross. He is an AngryGuardDog precisely because he's so small yet still feels the desire to protect his master.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* The PointAndClick AdventureGame ''VideoGame/JollyRover'' is a pirate story with a full cast of dogs. The protagonist is a nimble, carefree Dachshund named James Rover, who aspires to be a circus clown. He is captured by a gang of brutish Bulldog pirates. The authority figures are played by Great Danes, dumb door-guards Rottweilers and Bull Terriers, and lady pirates collies and cocker spaniels.
* The most common dog in ''VideoGame/HarvestMoon'' is a hound, likely a Beagle or Foxhound, which are a must have for [[FarmBoy farmers]].
* ''VideoGame/DogsLife'':
** Jake is an American Foxhound. He's from the rural countryside.
** Killer is an aggressive Doberman who works with the DiabolicalDogCatcher. On the other time [[AmbiguousGender they're]] only doing their job so Killer might be subverting the "Scary Dobbie" cliche a bit, as it's a job instead of them being mean.
** Averted with Jake's love interest Daisy. She's a Labrador but is a ProperLady who is grossed out by Jake.
* Many Franchise/{{Pokemon}} that are based on dogs will often follow the general stereotype the breed is known for, but at the same time also subvert it. For example, Houndoom is a Dark and Fire typed Doberman who also resembles a HellHound, and Furfrou is a french Poodle who can be clipped to be stylized. At the same time, both of them are fiercely loyal to their trainers at not typically evil or snooty as their breeds might suggest.
* There are several characters in the ''VideoGame/AnimalCrossing'' series that are based on dogs: Isabelle is a Shih Tzu who is not only very cute, but is loyal to the mayor (aka you) to a fault, Harriet is a Poodle who is in charge of Shampoodle, a hair salon, and Copper and Booker are Bulldogs that work as the police force.
* Averted in ''VideoGame/ValiantHearts''. Doberman Pincher Walt is a HeroicDog who serves as an AnimalCompanion to the main characters . He even narrates [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MP8q5F6dFqQ an entire trailer]].
* Missile from ''VideoGame/GhostTrick'' is a boisterous but none-too-bright Pomeranian who is fiercely loyal to his owner Kamila.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/RoadRovers'' used specific dog breeds with accompanying stereotypes as a MultinationalTeam, with the likely intentional subversion of Shag the sheepdog having a sheepish ''personality''.
* ''WesternAnimation/ChipNDaleRescueRangers'' has a couple of examples of this trope: the Doberman from ''To the Rescue'' part 4 is an AngryGuardDog, Frenchie from the same episode, a French poodle with a French accent, is zee leader of zee Pound Underground. And yes, there is also the stereotypical pair of mean Siamese cats two parts earlier who happen to be twins.
* Zig-zagged in ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDragonJakeLong''. Fu-Dog is a Sharpei and the cartoon is about a half-Chinese American boy with mystical dragon powers. Fu-Dog himself however doesn't play up Chinese stereotypes. Instead he has a very stereotypical Brooklyn accent, as the setting takes place in New York City.
* Subverted in ''WesternAnimation/TheLifeAndTimesOfJuniperLee''. The Pug character has a heavy Scottish accent.
* ''WesternAnimation/KryptoTheSuperDog'''s "Dog Star Patrol" includes a British Bulldog and a French-Canadian-accented Husky, while "Ace the [[Franchise/{{Batman}} Bat-hound]]" is an Alsatian, presumably playing on their use as police dogs. Krypto is a fun-loving and heroic Labrador Retriever while Ace is his more serious foil. Their personalities reflect their original owners, Franchise/{{Superman}} and Franchise/{{Batman}} respectively.
* Old cartoons from the forties almost without exception fall into the BullyBulldog category, as both Warner Bros. and MGM had a surfeit of bulldog characters. Generally they were [[AngryGuardDog vicious guard dogs]] or bullies, esp. towards cats and littler dogs.
* And then there was Hemlock Holmes from WesternAnimation/TheDickTracyShow - a British bulldog with his own support team who... well... solved cases for Mr Tracy in the cartoon series.
* In ''WesternAnimation/AngelaAnaconda'', [[TheProtagonist Angela's]] dog [[YourTomcatIsPregnant King]] is a stereotypical mutt, but [[AlphaBitch Nanette's]] (male) purebred Poodle Ooh-La-La subverts cliches by liking to roll around in mud and garbage, much to Nanette's annoyance.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheRenandStimpyShow'': Ren is a Chihuahua and TheNapoleon... with a voice based on Peter Lorre.
* Several examples from ''WesternAnimation/MrBogus'':
** Kevin the Bulldog is sometimes played straight as a BullyBulldog who would occasionally chase after Bogus every time he is within his sight.
** The Poodle from the episode "[[Recap/MrBogusS1E3ADayAtTheOffice A Day At The Office]]" is depicted as being rather spoiled and prone to getting angry when she is [[BullyingADragon repeatedly teased by Bogus.]]
** The third act of the episode "[[Recap/MrBogusS1E4EtTuBrattus Et Tu, Brattus?]]" featured a Pit Bull who chased after Bogus and Brattus, as did his owner, a [[TheBully bullying young boy.]]
** The Dalmatian puppy from the second and third acts of the episode "[[Recap/MrBogusS1E5ShopAroundTheClock Shop Around The Clock]]" would be a subversion, as it is not depicted as a firehouse mascot.
** A mutt briefly shows up in the second act of the episode "[[Recap/MrBogusS1E6BeachBlanketBogus Beach Blanket Bogus]]" when Brattus tries to take some sausages from the dog.
** The Doberman from the second act of the episode "[[Recap/MrBogusS1E10MuseumMadness Museum Madness]]" is appropriately depicted as an AngryGuardDog who chases after Bogus in the museum.
** The first act of the episode "[[Recap/MrBogusS2E6TotallyBogusVideo Totally Bogus Video]]" had a Rottweiler who served as TheDragon to Ratty during Film/TheTerminator parody sequence.
* Dawn from ''[[WesternAnimation/DangerMouse Danger Mouse (2015)]]'' is a RichBitch SpoiledBrat and thus a Poodle.
* Mad Dog, Bunny's [[DomesticAbuse abusive boyfriend]] in ''WesternAnimation/CourageTheCowardlyDog'' is a scary looking Doberman. The heroic (if often cowardly) Courage is either a mutt or some sort of hound breed.
* The Creator/{{Disney}} short ''WesternAnimation/{{Feast}}'' is about a happy lil' Boston Terrier with a [[BigEater huge appetite]].
* ''WesternAnimation/PAWPatrol'' has a cast full of this. [[TheHero Marshall]] is a Dalmatian puppy who is a firefighter, [[TheBigGuy Rubble]] is an English Bulldog puppy who works in construction and is often hungry, Chase is a German Shepherd puppy who is a cop, [[TheChick Skye]] is a female Poodle-mix puppy, and Everest is a Husky puppy who handles snow related missions.
* Subverted with Santa's Little Helper from ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''. Despite being an ex-racer, he isn't presented as particularly energetic and is rather mellow. This is TruthInTelevision for many rescued Greyhounds.
* This is to be expected whenever a dog pops up in WesternAnimation/BojackHorseman:
** Mr. Peanutbutter, [=BoJack=]'s eternal frienemy, is a yellow Labrador Retriever, the poster child of the friendly, clingy dog stereotype. As such, he is naïve, '''way''' too easily distracted, and also dull as a sack full of bricks. He is also incredibly nice, noble, and invariably loyal to the people he loves, even with [=BoJack=], despite the horse's evident contempt of him. However, as it would be expected of a human with this characteristics, this is not completely healthy, being portrayed as dependent on his relationship with Diane, and with his behavior becoming downright ''passive - aggressive'' once he is pushed a tad too hard, as seen in "Let's Find Out".
** So far, two dogs have been seen working in the L.A.P.D., a German Shepherd and a Doberman, both breeds employed commonly as police dogs in RealLife.
** In the blatantly [[TastesLikeDiabetes watered - down, over - idealized]] film the Secretariat biopic eventually becomes, the protagonist is seen giving a bland RousingSpeech to a group of Latino gangbangers. One of them is a tank top - wearing, tattoo - covered Pit Bull with dark gray fur.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* A weird TruthInTelevision -- Chihuahuas apparently fit the LatinLover stereotype, with a dash of [[Literature/{{Discworld}} Casanunder]]... it's common to find truly absurd Chihuahua crosses, often with breeds that make you wonder if the little guy used a stepladder. Of course, artificial insemination helps.
-->"[[http://ericbogle.net/lyrics/lyricspdf/littlegomez.pdf Oh, I used to have a doggie and I called him Little Gomez because he was a Mexican Chihuahua...]]"
** The same applies for poodles, as many "designers mutts" are poodle mixes, often with a PortmanteauCoupleName (ie. "Labradoodle" for Labrador retriever/poodle, "Shih-poo" for Shih-tzu/poodle, and so on). Wiki/TheOtherWiki attributes the poodle's popularity in breed mixes to their intelligence and hypoallergenic fur, though it's of course also possible that EveryoneLooksSexierIfFrench also applies in the canine kingdom.
* In a inversion of the evil dog stereotype, Rottweilers, Dobermans, and other standard movie guard/attack dogs are bred for good temperament. They are supposed to be trained well (to avoid nipping, roughhousing, and being overprotective due to their excessive loyalty) and are actually very playful. Of course, they seem to forget they weigh so much, and tend to act like literal lap-dogs when it comes to their master or mistress. The stereotyped breeds are typically reported in the news much more than others when bad something happens. In contrast, little dogs statistically attack more often due to lack of training, while bigger dogs actually attack ''LESS'' often, due to the fact that ''responsible'' owners train them early and thoroughly. Dobermans though, have a nasty predisposition towards meningitis, which in early stages makes them snippy, then extremely bad tempered and finally furiously mad.
* On a related note -- Pomeranians being stereotyped as obnoxious and suffering from "little dog syndrome" can also be inverted by ''responsible'' owners who socialize them and train them early: Most people don't realize Pomeranians are ''actually'' simply bred-down versions of other Spitz breeds -- working dogs. Pomeranians tend to be just as eager to please as any other working dog, despite being small. They also won't bark just to bark -- usually, if they ''are'' trained right, they will only bark when there's something worth barking at. Amusingly, sometimes that means not barking until someone has already walked into the house.
* Bloodhounds are stereotyped as sleepy and laid-back but that's incorrect. They're actually very active dogs even if their wrinkles make them look drowsy.
* Poodles being seen as prissy and lame is ironic as they're a hunting breed. They're also known as one of the smartest dog breeds. The stereotypical "poodle cut" is designed to keep a poodle's vital organs warm in cold water, while removing any excess fur that would soak up water and hinder the dog's movement. There's a BrokenBase amongst Standard Poodle owners though, as the smaller Toy and Miniature versions have been known to have more behavioral problems (possibly due to improper breeding due to their popularity). It's also ironic how Standard Poodles are associated with France and referred to as "French Poodles", as Standard Poodles are actually very uncommon in France, with Toy and Miniature versions being preferred.
* Greyhounds are always associated with being energetic and excitable but real Greyhounds are the opposite. They're bred for being fast for short spurts. Greyhounds are notorious couch potatoes and it's not uncommon to see Greyhounds who barely even play with their toys.
* The term "dog" is usually used in a negative way in Literature/TheBible. This is probably in reference to the feral scavenger dogs common in Middle Eastern cities for a long time.
* The standards employed by kennel clubs (such as the AKC and the UKC) for purebred dogs, are...[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vhfCdF6qnyA pretty arbitrary at best. At worst, it leads to]] a sort of RoyalInbreeding among the dogs (often mated to their own parents and siblings to maintain whatever the breed standard is for that particular breed), which can (and has) lead to health problems in these dogs.