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Creator/HannaBarbera created an animated TV special based on a popular line of stuffed dogs in 1985. A series appeared the next year which followed it closely, despite changing most of the voice cast. Both revolved around "the Pound Puppies", a group of dogs consisting of:
* Cooler, leader with a trademark laugh.
* Nose Marie, a melodramatic {{Southern Belle}} bloodhound.
* Bright Eyes, a [[GenkiGirl perky]] cheerleader type.
* Howler, an [[TheProfessor eccentric inventor]] with Harpo Marx-like hair.
* Whopper, the diaper-wearing cute kid, who often lies and exaggerates.

The Pound Puppies lived at a dog pound and helped other canines find good homes while taking a {{Masquerade}} as normal dogs. The puppies were cared for by their neighbor Holly, a [[HeartwarmingOrphan kindly orphan girl]] who the dogs drop the disguise for and is a kind of CoolBigSis. Holly lives with her guardian, an evil Cruella De Vil wannabe named Katrina Stoneheart, who hates The Pound Puppies (and dogs in general). Katrina was constantly plotting against them, with the help of her [[SpoiledBrat bratty daughter Brattina]]; their [[RightHandCat pet cat]], Catgut, and occasional partner, Captain Slaughter.

The show was dramatically retooled for its second season, called "The All-New Pound Puppies" in the opening credits. What follows is a list of some of the changes:
* The instrumental theme song was replaced with an ExpositoryThemeTune with the same tune.
* The animation became more competent.
* Bright Eyes was changed into a younger (but still older than Whopper) puppy, to eliminate the possibility of a LoveTriangle between her, Nose Marie, and Cooler.
* The less flighty, more mature Nose Marie became a doting, apron-wearing TeamMom to Whopper and Bright Eyes.
* The pound was now run by Katrina, in the manner of a concentration camp.
* Howler was AWOL in many episodes.
* The originally short-haired, skirt-wearing Holly had much longer hair and was a bit more of a tomboy.
* Brattina wore different clothes as well.
* Captain Slaughter was completely removed from the second season.

The Pound Puppies and Holly were now freedom fighters who operated out of an ElaborateUndergroundBase, trying to save dogs from Katrina and hook them up with lonely kids.

The premise was then retooled once more for the 1988 movie ''WesternAnimation/PoundPuppiesAndTheLegendOfBigPaw'', before disappearing completely, followed by the toy line in 1990, although that made an unexpected reappearance in 2007.

The sister line of toys, ''Pound Purries'', never had the luxury of a T.V. special or series. They did make a token appearance in TheMovie as supporting characters, though.

If you're looking for the newer series on Creator/TheHub, [[WesternAnimation/PoundPuppies2010 click here]].

!!Hanna-Barbera's ''Pound Puppies'' contains examples of:

* AbortedArc: Four episodes of the first season featured Captain Slaughter, a [[InspectorGadget Dr. Claw]]-esque villain who was responsible for destroying the puppies' home in the first place and was Cooler's greatest enemy. When the show was retooled in its second season, he disappeared, his storyline never resolved.
* AccidentalMisnaming: For some reason, Cooler keeps calling [[LoveInterest Violet]] "Sam" in the '85 special.
* AnAesop: Several episodes have a moral to them.
** "Ghost Hounders" makes a point on how the people we idolize might not be as perfect as we think them to be, but also makes it clear that they can still be decent people in spite of their flaws.
** "Tuffy Gets Fluffy" shows that being different is not a good reason to not make friends with people.
** "Kid in the Doghouse" is about the importance of doing chores and also gives the message that just because your parents ask you to do chores constantly doesn't mean they don't love you.
** The lesson taught in "Snow Puppies" is that winning isn't everything.
* AndKnowingIsHalfTheBattle: The "Pet Care Corner" segment that appeared at the end of every episode in the first season, where viewers are given hints on pet care.
* AnimationBump: The opening sequence of the second season has noticeably more fluid animation.
* ArtEvolution[=/=]ArtShift: The special, the two seasons of the TV series and the movie all have ''strikingly'' different art styles.
* BondGunBarrel: The famous gun barrel sequence used in the opening of the ''Franchise/JamesBond'' movies is parodied in the episode "Secret Agent Pup" by having Cooler hold a dog biscuit as if it were a gun and splash a bucket of water at the gun barrel.
* ACatInAGangOfDogs: Tuffy in some episodes has this role.
* CatsAreMean:
** Catgut is just as nasty as his owner Katrina Stoneheart.
** Subverted in "The Captain and the Cats", "Happy Howlidays", and "Tuffy Gets Fluffy", which all featured friendly cats that the Pound Puppies were on good terms with.
* ChristmasEpisode: "Happy Howlidays" takes place during Christmas and has Katrina Stoneheart attempt to shut down the Puppy Pound by withholding the pound's bills and not giving them to Holly until it's too late for her to pay them on time.
* ChuckCunninghamSyndrome: ''The All-New Pound Puppies'' saw the complete disappearance of Captain Slaughter, while Howler was pushed OutOfFocus. Before that, the TV series pared down the pups from the special to five and completely replaced the human supporting cast/setting.
* DarkReprise: In the episode "Garbage Night: The Musical", Howler uses an invention to show the inside of Bright Eyes' body after she eats a nutritious piece of meat, which is accompanied by "Vita-Men", an upbeat song about how vitamins help build a strong, healthy body and fight off germs. When the machine is used on Scrounger after he eats a piece of cake, he instead finds his body full of Blobs, which is accompanied by a reprise of the "Vita-Men" song that explains how eating junk food doesn't help your body from getting sick.
* DisneyDeath: Happens at the end of the '85 special when [[spoiler: Cooler gets ''hit by a car''.]]
* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: The original 1985 television special has rather notable differences from the series.
** Howler is silent aside from his trademark howling and his hat and dog collar are all he wears, when the series gives him a vest and has him capable of speech.
** Bright Eyes appears to be older than she was in the series.
** Nose Marie is instead named "The Nose".
** The pound is run by a man named Mr. Bigelow instead of a girl named Holly. Bigelow is also Catgut's owner instead of Katrina Stoneheart.
** Catgut himself had a more cartoonish and blob-like design.
* EvilPlan: In nearly every episode of the first season, Katrina Stoneheart had a scheme to shut down the Puppy Pound or harm or inconvenience the Pound Puppies in general. In the second season, where she became the owner of the pound with Cooler, Bright Eyes, Whopper, and Nose Marie on the run, she still comes up with schemes to harm dogs, but her new main goal is to capture the four Pound Puppies.
* ExpositoryThemeTune: Used in the second season by added lyrics to the instrumental version.
* {{Expy}}: Katrina is a fairly obvious one for the Disney [[Disney/OneHundredAndOneDalmatians Cruella de Vil]].
** A number of the one-shot puppy characters were pretty obvious dog versions of famous characters, entertainers or actors, probably as a sort of ParentalBonus. Perhaps the biggest surprise was the "Three Wise Guys" from one episode who were clearly modeled on Creator/TheMarxBrothers.
* FantasticRacism: Whopper and Bright Eyes express unreasonable disdain toward cats in "Tuffy Gets Fluffy", though they do learn in the end that not all cats are bad.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar:
** Early in the episode "Snowbound Pound", Cooler is told by Nose Marie that she knows how she can keep him warm. Cooler admonishes her for her statement on the grounds that this is a cartoon.
** The episode "Where Do Puppies Come From?" features Cooler singing a song to explain, well, where do puppies come from to Whopper and Bright Eyes. The song is accompanied by a "stage play" in which two dogs are clearly seen laying together in a bed inside a Venetian gondola (after which Cooler trips and brings down the stage, knocking the two dogs off the bed and revealing that they are not wearing anything). Is almost a case of RefugeInAudacity, especially for a mid-1980s cartoon.
*** The Brazilian dub of the episode actually got away with Bright Eyes mentioning that puppies come from their mother's vagina, instead of her tummy as in the original.
** Less provocative and more ''{{Squick}}'' is one instance where Katrina's wig gets ripped off unexpectedly - her scalp is shown to be covered in wiggling lines; she's doing ''something'' seriously wrong with that rug, because she has ''lice.''
* HalfDressedCartoonAnimal: Bright Eyes and Nose Marie wear nothing underneath their skirts, and Cooler and Howler are pantless as well. Whopper wears only a diaper.
* HatesBaths: The title character of "Tuffy Gets Fluffy" despises bathing and tries to run for it whenever anyone attempts to give him a bath.
* HavingAGayOldTime: Thought to be one of the reasons Pound Puppies' feline counterparts were called Pound Purries.
* HypocriticalHumor: Whopper, who has a tendency to tell tall tales, states that he hates puppies who tell fibs in "The Invisible Friend".
* ImaginaryFriend: Bob in "The Invisible Friend". [[spoiler:He later becomes real thanks to Puppy Power.]]
* ImprobableAge: In the first season Holly owns a puppy pound despite being a minor. Averted in the second season where Katrina owns the pound.
* InconvenientSummons: In "The Fairy Dogmother", the titular fairy dogmother is bathing when the Pound Puppies summon her.
* InsultBackfire: When Holly calls out Katrina Stoneheart for stealing the Puppy Pound's food supply in "Whopper Cries Uncle", Katrina sobs and voices her appreciation at Holly describing her actions as mean and cruel.
* ITakeOffenseToThatLastOne: When called a silly bumbling mongrel in "The Captain and the Cats", it's being called a mongrel that gets Cooler angry.
* JerkassHasAPoint: Her obvious hatred of dogs aside, Katrina's initial complaints in "How to Found a Pound" are actually quite valid. The constant barking of several dozen dogs would be quite intolerable for any neighbors, along with the potential odor and hygiene issues if the dogs' owner can't keep up.
* LighterAndSofter: ''The All-New Pound Puppies'' toned down the villains, removing the most obviously evil of the lot, and put more emphasis on [[HappyEnding finding homes for puppies]].
* LostWillAndTestament: "How to Found a Pound" revealed that the dogs had to find the Puppy Pound's founder's will to prevent Katrina from inheriting it.
* MeaningfulName:
** Katrina Stoneheart and her daughter Brattina are both as mean and hateful as their names suggest.
** Howler, who constantly howls.
** Whopper, who has a habit of telling tall tales.
** The charismatic leader of the Pound Puppies is appropriately named Cooler.
* MerchandiseDriven: Yet another cartoon based on a toy.
* MotiveDecay: Katrina in ''All New Pound Puppies.'' In the first season, she keeps trying to get the pound shut down so that she can tear it down and build expensive condos for rich people and make a lot of money. In the second season, where she actually owns and runs the pound, her only goal is to lock up every puppy and keep them behind bars.
* MusicalEpisode: "Garbage Night: The Musical" is almost entirely consisted of musical numbers.
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: When items go missing in the pound, Howler is blamed and exiled from the pound. When the items vanish again, the pups discover it was a family of raccoons who were just "doing what nature meant us to." The pups realize they blamed Howler wrongly and race to find him as the raccoons realize what they did.
-->'''Father Raccoon''': Hon, I may be a raccoon but right now, I feel more like a skunk.
* NaiveNewcomer: Violet in the '85 special; Holly at the start of the TV series.
* NonNudeBathing: The titular character from "The Fairy Dogmother" is seen bathing with her clothes on.
* OlderThanTheyLook: Millicent Trueblood, the founder of the Puppy Pound shown in flashback in "How to Found a Pound". Cooler mentions that she passed away at the age of 101, but she looks like she can't be any older than her 60's.
* OnlyKnownByTheirNickname: The Nose, precursor to the TV series' Nose Marie.
* OohMeAccentsSlipping: The Nose originally had a [[BigApplesauce New York accent]], then traded it in for a [[SouthernBelle Southern drawl]] as Nose Marie. This may have been [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] in ''All-New Pound Puppies'' with one-shot rival Toots, who had a similar accent and was pointedly disliked by TeamMom Nose Marie.
* OriginsEpisode: "How to Found a Pound" explains the backstory of the Pound Puppies, how the Puppy Pound was founded, and how Holly became in charge of the Puppy Pound.
* PanickyExpectantFather: "Where Do Puppies Come From?" has a scene where Cooler asks Rusty if he is nervous about being a father-to-be. Rusty responds by stuttering and vehemently denying that the notion that he'll be a father has made him uneasy.
* PaperThinDisguise: In "The Bright Eyes Mob", Katrina tricks a group of high class women into believing she's a dog lover with a very obvious robot dog, until it shorts out and explodes.
* ParentalBonus: What kid would have known that Cooler was a ShoutOut to the [[Film/TheGreatEscape Cooler King]]?
** Or recognize a WholePlotReference to ''Film/{{Casablanca}}''?
* PosthumousCharacter: "How to Found a Pound" revealed that the Puppy Pound was founded by an old woman named Millicent Trueblood, who died at the age of 101 prior to the events of the series.
* PoundsAreAnimalPrisons: In the second season where Katrina owns it. In the episode "Cooler Come Back" the pound Cooler gets taken to has this kind of feel to it. Also in the original special.
* RebuiltPedestal: Biff Barker from "Ghost Hounders", who was an actor who played a ghost hunter on a television show Whopper enjoyed. Whopper becomes very disappointed when he discovers Biff to be a coward in real life, to the point that he throws out all of his Biff Barker merchandise. Eventually, Biff Barker succeeds in getting over his cowardice and helps save the day, which causes Whopper to like him again.
* RightHandCat: Catgut, who is the pet of Mr. Bigelow in the original 1985 special and Katrina Stoneheart in the series.
* SatelliteLoveInterest: "The Fairy Dogmother" introduced a boy that Holly and Brattina both crushed on. And he was never seen again.
* SequelEpisode: "Where Do Puppies Come From?", which had the Pound Puppies help out a dog named Rusty and his pregnant mate Lucy, had a sequel in the episode "Pups on the Loose", which had Rusty and Lucy entrust the Pound Puppies with looking after their new children.
* ScoobyDooHoax: The Terrible Terrier from "Ghost Hounders" turns out to be Catgut in a costume with a tape recorder around his neck.
* TheSlacker: Jerry from "Kid in the Doghouse", who despised doing chores so much that he ran away from home. The Pound Puppies get him to see the importance of chores by pretending to be too lazy to care about doing them.
* TheTalk: The episode "Where Do Puppies Come From?" features Bright Eyes and Whopper confused about where puppies come from while Cooler and Nose Marie tend to the needs of Rusty and his pregnant mate Lucy. When the watered-down explanations given to Bright Eyes and Whopper fail to satisfy their curiosity, Cooler sets them straight in the end by having them watch Lucy give birth.
* ThemeTuneRollCall: The instrumental opening theme of the first season began with a voice-over introducing the main characters, while the second season's theme song (which added lyrics to the original instrumental) had the cast introduced in the first verse.
* ThemeTwinNaming: Theme ''Triplet'' Naming in "Pups on the Loose", where Rusty and Lucy's puppies are named Andy, Mandy, and Candy.
* VillainSong:
** Katrina and her daughter Brattina frequently sing songs to themselves about their hatred of dogs and their intentions to do cruel things to them, but one notable song is "She's Grand Old Hag", a song sung by Brattina about her mother to the tune of "You're a Grand Old Flag" in the episode "Whopper Cries Uncle".
** As one might expect from a MusicalEpisode, Katrina gets two villain songs in "Garbage Night: The Musical", "Mutts Drive Me Nuts" (which gets a brief reprisal near the end of the episode) and a short number where she sings about capturing the Pound Puppies and making them into a fur coat.
* WackyCravings: In "Where Do Puppies Come From?", Lucy asks Holly and Nose Marie to make her a dog food and ice cream sundae with various unorthodox toppings while preparing to give birth to her puppies. After eating the sundae in one bite, she asks for another one topped with whipped cream.
* WalkingSwimsuitScene: Bright Eyes wears a strapless bikini under her clothes in the 1986 series.
* WardrobeMalfunction: Happened to Whopper on the Episode “Tail of a Pup”. While sneaking out of the Pound, the safety pin on his diaper fell off, not only letting his diaper fall down, but also alerting a nearby Robot. Ironically, Bright Eyes said not to “Let a Pin Drop”.
* YouKeepUsingThatWord: Brattina is always calling things "icky", no matter how little sense it makes.
** Also, the shows like to use "puppy" to describe a dog regardless of age. For example, the millennia-old Big Paw is just a "lonely puppy without a home", and the mother "puppy" gives birth to a litter of actual puppies (who the other characters call "puplings). Don't think about that too hard.