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 ''Pound Puppies and the Legend of Big Paw'', 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.
* AndKnowingIsHalfTheBattle: The "Pet Care Corner", where viewers are given hints on pet care.
* ArtEvolution[=/=]ArtShift: The special, the two seasons of the TV series and the movie all have ''strikingly'' different art styles.
* BarefootCartoonAnimals: Bright Eyes and Nose Marie.
* CatsAreMean: [[RightHandCat Catgut]].
** Subverted in "Tuffy Gets Fluffy".
* 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.
* DangerouslyGenreSavvy: The dognappers in the '85 special, when they [[spoiler: decide it's easier to just wait at Violet's place for her to return home rather than try and track her down.]]
* DisneyDeath: Happens at the end of the '85 special when [[spoiler: Cooler gets ''hit by a car''.]]
* 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 aa a sort of ParentalBonus. Perhaps the biggest surprise was the "Three Wise Guys" from one episode who were clearly modeled on TheMarxBrothers.
* FiveManBand:
** TheHero: Cooler
** TheLancer / TagalongKid: Whopper
** TheSmartGuy: Howler
** [[TheBigGuy The Big Gal]]: Nose Marie
** TheChick: Bright Eyes
* HavingAGayOldTime: Thought to be one of the reasons Pound Puppies' feline counterparts were called Pound Purries.
* ImaginaryFriend: Bob in "The Invisible Friend". [[spoiler:He turns out to be [[NotSoImaginaryFriend not so imaginary]].]]
* ImprobableAge: In the first season Holly owns a puppy pound despite being a minor. Averted in the second season where Katrina owns the pound.
* 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: A flashback episode revealed that the dogs had to find the Puppy Pound's founder's will to prevent Katrina from inheriting it.
* MerchandiseDriven
* 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.
* NaiveNewcomer: Violet in the '85 special; Holly at the start of the TV series.
* 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.
* 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}}''?
* PoundsAreAnimalPrisons: In the second season where Katrina owns it. And in the original special.
* SatelliteLoveInterest: "The Fairy Dogmother" introduced a boy that Holly and Brattina both crushed on. And he was never seen again.
* 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. Don't think about that too hard.
!!The 1988 movie contains examples of:
* BigDamnMovie
* CanisMajor: Big Paw.
* ChekhovsGun: [[spoiler: Reflex's reflexive reaction to the ringing of a bell]].
* ConveyorBeltOfDoom: An IdiotBall induced one.
* DancePartyEnding
* TheFifties
* FramingDevice: The main story which takes place in 1950's is told in [[TheEighties the present]] by grown-up Whopper.
* GentleGiant: Big Paw once again.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: [[FreezeFrameBonus In the background of the mansion]], you can see a statue of a [[NippleAndDimed completely]] [[FullFrontalAssault naked]] woman with a seductive smirk. The (male) paintings around her look extremely scandalized.
** This trope and HaveAGayOldTime are both noticeably averted by the Pound Purries, when you think about what the more obvious alliterative name for the cats could have been...
* LogicalFallacies: [=McNasty=] thinks he can be King because he's got Puppy Power.
** To clarify, nothing about him changes when he's got the bone that gives Puppy Power, he just says he's king of the world and gives himself a crown.
** Additionally, he's clearly in the States, there's no throne to usurp even if this plan made any sense.
** It's glossed over, but he says he wants to take over the world by using an army of vicious attack dogs. Which is an okay plan, but his Mean Machine doesn't need Puppy Power to work, and holding the bone doesn't give him any control over animals, so why did he want to steal the bone again?
*** He has the artifact which enables Puppy Power, which in the movie has existed for centuries, so he's holding a key component of civilization. Presumably he's treating it like Excalibur, with which the bone was found with in the past.
* MacGuffin: The [[JustForPun Bone of Scone]]
* ObviouslyEvil: His name is [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast McNasty]] and he looks like the lovechild of [[Film/{{Nosferatu}} Renfield]] and [[Film/BatmanReturns the Penguin]]? [[SarcasmMode Nah, nothing suspicious about him!]]
* OffModel: Aside from changes made to the character designs, there is a particularly noticeable animation error in which Cooler's nose disappears from his face. WordOfGod confirms that the film's animation was done in only six months and with little preparation. Which could help explain the rather sub-par quality.
* [[TheyWastedaPerfectlyGoodCharacter They Wasted a Perfectly Good Actor]]: George Rose ([=McNasty's=] voice) can actually sing very well, making his atonal yelling in "the King of Everything" odd.
* PowerOfLove: The victims of The Mean Machine can be literally cured by hearing "I love you" alone.
* VillainSong: 'The King of Everything'. Not a very good one, but a villain song nonetheless.