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->''"The dogge must lerne it, whan he is a whelpe, or els it will not be."''
-->-- '''John Fitzherbert,''' ''[[OlderThanSteam The Boke of Husbandry]]''

ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin an old dog, typically seen more often in a rural setting. It is frequently male, often will be some sort of hound, and usually splits its time between sleeping and barking. Sometimes known for [[RetiredBadass having been a good tracker or hunter in the past]].

In talking-animal fiction, the Old Dog may be portrayed as a grandfatherly character, or just as a crabby old guy.

On a more cynical note, old dogs are legendarily unable to learn new tricks. However, plenty of owners will dispute that and call it a wives' tale.

The dog's death ([[DisneyDeath apparent]] or [[KilledOffForReal real]]) can be a TearJerker.
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[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* Heen in the anime version of ''Anime/HowlsMovingCastle.'' He's an old dog who belongs to the wizard Suliman, but eventually moves in with Howl and Co. Although he is loosely based on a character from [[Literature/HowlsMovingCastle the original book]], the original dog was never implied to be that old.
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* Trusty and Jock in Disney's ''Disney/LadyAndTheTramp''. Though the dogs from Lady and the Tramp are [[http://unshavedmouse.com/2013/04/18/disney-reviews-with-the-unshaved-mouse-27-oliver-and-company/ arguably immortal]].
* Chief in Disney's ''Disney/TheFoxAndTheHound'' fits the "crabby old guy" category.
* Wylie Burp in ''WesternAnimation/AnAmericanTailFievelGoesWest'', the old canine sheriff and a caricature of Wyatt Earp.
* Bruno in ''WesternAnimation/TheTripletsOfBelleville''. Madam Souza bought him for his grandson as a puppy, but now he's a fat, lazy dog who only comes alive to bark at the train that passes by next to the house.
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[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* Shadow in ''Film/HomewardBoundTheIncredibleJourney'' is a character of the grandfatherly sort.
* In ''Film/AirBuddies'', the local police dog is a bloodhound called Deputy Sniffer.
* The first dog to expire in ''Film/EightBelow'' is an aging male who is too weak, and/or too loyal, to break loose from their tie-down chains.
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* OlderThanFeudalism: Odysseus' dog Argos (20+ years old) is the first one to recognize his master (even in disguise) when Odysseus returns home at the end of ''Literature/TheOdyssey''. The ancient animal then finally slips its leash on life in front of him.
** Parodied by {{Discworld}}, where Rincewind's ancestor Lavaeolus' dog does the same. It was the holding the slippers in its mouth for twenty years that did him in.
* Candy's dog in ''Literature/OfMiceAndMen'' is one-half to three-quarters dead from old age.
* In ''Literature/TheSavannahReidMysteries'', Savannah's grandmother has Colonel Beauregard. Though he spends most of his time sleeping, he did manage to take a bite out of the perpetrator of ''Peaches and Screams''.
* In the ''Literature/WarriorCats'' graphic novel ''The Rise of Scourge'', a dog named Samwise is sleeping in an alley. He loses a tooth... and that tooth helps Tiny become Scourge.
* In stark contrast to the [[Disney/TheFoxAndTheHound Disney example]], ''Copper'' is the OldDog in Daniel P. Mannix's ''Literature/TheFoxAndTheHound''.
* Bodger the bull terrier from ''Literature/TheIncredibleJourney''.
* In ''Discworld/GuardsGuards'', Vetinari has an old greyish terrier named Wuffles, who spends most of his time sleeping.
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* Easton Corbin's "I'm a Little More Country Than That".
-->''Picture a small town / with an old hound / Laying out front / of the court house...''
* The song "Old Dogs" by Bill Staines.
-->''Old dogs have a song to sing, old dogs like most everything, fear not what the weather brings, except when it is thunder. ''
-->''When their time on Earth is through, old dogs are forever true; around the bend they wait for you, come some tomorrow morning.''
* Walter Brennan's "Life Gets Tedious, Don't It?":
-->"Hound dog's howling so forlorn"
-->"Laziest dawg that ever was born"
-->"He's howlin' 'cause he's settin' on a thorn"
-->"Just too tired to move over"
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[[folder: Live-Action TV ]]
* The Series/{{Mythbusters}} busted the "old dogs can't learn new tricks" myth. They can, you just have to be more patient with them.
* A staple on the comedy-variety show ''HeeHaw'' was an old hound dog that mostly slept on a front porch (played by four dogs through the course of the series).
* The dog playing Buck on ''Series/MarriedWithChildren'' performed until he started having problems getting around. He was retired/"reincarnated" in a younger dog.
* Mr Dean's dog Bob in ''Series/AllCreaturesGreatAndSmall''.
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* ''WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill'':
** Subverted in an episode where Peggy gets a job working for the Alamo Beer Company and becomes privy to many of the company secrets. One of those secrets is that the supposedly old dog that appears in the Alamo Beer commercials is actually the third or fourth replacement and that the original dog died several years ago.
** Hank's dog, Ladybird, is a straight example. She's a few months older than Bobby, which makes her over 65 in dog years.
* In ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'', there's Herbert's dog, whose hind legs don't work.
* In the very first episode of ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'', Stan gives in to Steve's requests for a pet dog and adopts Thor, who clocks in at a positively ancient 19. Stan meant well; he thought Thor was better for having lived through the Reagan years, but as you can imagine the poor thing died very quickly. Though to be fair, it might have lived a little longer if [[spoiler: Stan hadn't shot it in the head.]]
* ''Animation/OnceUponADog'' is a Soviet animated short based on Ukranian folk tale about a dog getting too old.
* Disney's WesternAnimation/{{Goofy}} was originally portrayed as an old dog with small glasses, some stubble, and a beard who went by the name of Dippy Dawg.
* On the ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' short "Porky's Pooch", WesternAnimation/PorkyPig tries to teach tricks to his ancient, arthritic dog Rover. A young pup comes along to show Rover up and make fun of how old he is.
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