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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.

Cat Stereotype 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. They're usually either a stray or have been shuffled around from home to home over their life.
  • Poodles are dainty and spoiled, ideal for the Rich Bitch. And almost Always Female (making them literal Rich Bitches). Occasionally sports a French accent (playing on the "French Poodle" National Stereotype). 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 Psycho Poodle.
  • English Bulldogs often have English accents (playing on the "British bulldog" National Stereotype) 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 cast as 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 Scooby-Doo).
  • Dobermans are often fiercely disciplined soldiers when they aren't Angry Guard Dogs.
  • 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 Real Life.
    • 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. The Nanny Dog myth has since been abandoned by pro Pit organizations since it lead to owners taking irresponsible actions with the dog (as no dog should be left alone with children).
    • While American Bulldogs are considered to be Pit Bull-type dogs in Real Life, they're generally exempt from many of the stereotypes other bully breeds face. Instead, they're typically portrayed with a mix of English Bulldog and older Pit Bull stereotypes.
  • 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 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 taking on more than they can handle and/or being overly spoiled (similar to the poodle) purse dogs. Frequently Mister Muffykins.
  • Chihuahuas are often portrayed as The Napoleon, Plucky Comic Relief, a Nervous Wreck, and/or being overly spoiled. Often portrayed with a Mexican National Stereotype.
  • Dalmatians are stereotyped as cheerful, heroic firehouse mascots.
  • Thin, graceful dogs with flowing, feathery features such as the Saluki or Afghan Hound are invariably portrayed as females, possibly portrayed as The Chick. 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. Less positive portrayals of the former (as well as Alaskan Malamutes) depict them as beautiful yet vain bullies.
  • Golden Retrievers and Labrador Retrievers are Fun Personified and are almost always depicted as a Friend to All Children. Labs also have a reputation for being dumb and always hungry, while Goldies are more known for being heroic and smart. Ususally the top pet for American suburbia.
  • Pembroke Welsh Corgis are often Plucky Comic Relief. Sometimes they have English accents and act like English National Stereotypes due to their association with Queen Elizabeth II. Due to being very similar, these stereotypes also apply to the Cardigan Welsh Corgi.
  • German Shepherds are often portrayed as either The Ace or The Hero. Sometimes they are Angry Guard Dogs in works where they are not a main character or not even much of a character at all. Will be subject to the dog version of All Germans Are Nazis if the work is set in World War II and are still associated with antagonizing Jews in the Holocaust (It does not help that Hitler had one himself).
  • Rough Collies are often portrayed as The Ace, with Lassie being the archetype.
  • Scenthounds, especially Bloodhounds and Basset Hounds, are often portrayed as low-energy and laconic. Bloodhounds will also sometimes have American Southern accents.
  • Beagles are often portrayed as Friend to All Children 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. Thanks to their elegant-looking straight white fur, West Highland White Terriers are also often treated with similar stereotypes as Yorkies and other "posh" dogs.
  • Greyhounds are canine speed personified. They are often hyper and usually racers.
  • Pugs are either The Klutz or The Load, but always the Plucky Comic Relief
  • 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 Fun Personified 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 Eaters and friendly.
  • Jack Russell Terriers are a bit on the hyper-active side but otherwise they're much like the Beagle.
  • Poodle mixes ("Doodles") 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. They're not seen as effeminate or dainty as purebred Poodles.
  • Wolf-Dog hybrids usually fit the Noble Wolf stereotype. They're typically outcasts who are feared for their wolf heritage, but by the end of the story they manage to prove themselves as being just as loyal as other dogs.
  • Shiba Inus are energetic, playful, and friendly fellows, much like Labrador Retrievers. This stereotype is especially common in Japanese works, where they're as popular there as Retrievers are in America. They're sometimes depicted as being stubborn and cat-like, which is Truth in Television.

(This is 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 femininity and grace, many cats in comic strips and cartoons are male and vaguely clownish. Also, while Cats Are Mean has exceptions, none of these exceptions seem to be Siamese, who are portrayed as mean even by cat standards.)


See also Angry Guard Dog, Big, Friendly Dog, Dogs Are Dumb.


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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Cesar is a dog food brand that advertises itself as higher class than other brands. Its mascot is a pretty looking Westie.

    Anime & Manga 
  • Excel Saga 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 Honey and Clover, 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 downright frightening!
  • Subverted with Ben the Great Dane from Ginga: Nagareboshi Gin. 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 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 Hot-Blooded warrior Covered with Scars and also the spitting image of his mother.
  • Ginga Densetsu Weed:
    • 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 Hot-Blooded dogs in the series.
  • Shiba Inu are often described as a "cat-like" breed. Taroumaru from School-Live! is a stubborn, independent little puppy.
  • Tadakichi-san from Azumanga Daioh 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 Gentle Giant.
  • Massugu ni Ikou:
    • 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.
    • Jack is a Collie stud from Britain. He's The Ace but is more cocky than sweet.
    • The protagonist, Mametarou, is a loyal and heroic mutt.

  • 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.

    Comic Books 
  • In the 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.
  • Krypto the Superdog, Superman's friendly and heroic dog, is often styled as a labrador retreiver.
  • Batman's serious but loyal dog Ace is a German shepherd.

    Comic Strips 
  • Marmaduke is the quintessential big, clumsy, lovable Great Dane, even moreso than Scooby.
  • Dogs of C-Kennel plays this straight with Will being a tough streetwise Pit Bull, Kenny being a hyperactive yet scatterbrained Husky, and Iggy being a Nervous Wreck Chihuahua. It is averted with Oliver the Great, who is a stiff-upper-lipped Great Dane.
  • Beetle Bailey: When Sarge's dog Otto has been shown dating other dogs, they might be shown as poodles to indicate femininity. One strip has him explaining he's attracted to French poodles because of their accent.
  • Footrot Flats is about a border collie farm-dog called The Dog.

    Fan Works 

    Films — Animation 
  • This trope is played pretty straight in All Dogs Go to Heaven. Charlie is a German Shepherd and is generally portrayed as The Hero of the movie, while Carface is a Pitbull who is an aggressive, murderous mob boss and is the main villain of the movie. The sequel features a female Saluki as Charlie's love interest.
  • The titular hero of Bolt is (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 Open Season sequel. The poodle Fifi, despite the name and Tertiary Sexual Characteristics (including a dainty blue bow), is a male (and voiced by Crispin Glover no less!) He's neurotic but no less spoiled.
  • Sid Phillips had a vicious toy-chewing Bull Terrier in Toy Story who would attack Buzz and Woody when ever on screen with both of them.
  • Almost played straight in Oliver & Company. Dodger (a Jack Russell Terrier) is a fast-talking, street-wise mutt Jive Turkey; Tito is a Chihuahua with a Hair-Trigger Temper; Georgette the poodle is a spoiled, literal Rich Bitch; the Ironic Nicknamed Einstein exemplifies the Great Dane's Good Is Dumb stereotype; Rita the Saluki, as per the Smurfette Principle, is the only female member of Dodger's gang; and Dobermans Rosco and Desoto are the classic Angry Guard Dogs. Only Francis runs contrary to stereotypes, being a well-educated bulldog with an appreciation for the arts and an upper-class British accent.
  • In Up, Muntz's dogs match the sides they're on. Dug is a 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 Living MacGuffin.
  • The Secret Life of Pets: Leonard the poodle is a subversion. Not only is he male, but he's into rock music.
  • The trope may have gained popularity with Lady and the Tramp. 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 posh.). It's also played straight in the 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.
  • Over the Hedge 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 Osmosis Jones, the "firefighter" white blood cells trying to cool down the inflammation in Frank's throat have a dalmatian cell.
  • Averted with Percy in Pocahontas, who, though a pug, is treated more like a spoiled poodle before becoming the Butt-Monkey thanks to Meeko and eventually doing a Heel–Face Turn.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey 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 Exactly What It Says on the Tin. 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 The Incredible Journey (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 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.
  • The Cats & Dogs movies use every dog stereotype in the book. Buddy the beagle and Diggs the German shepherd are the two heroic male main characters, there's a goofy sheepdog who can't see well, long-haired dogs are generally female, etc. The World Dog Council has, among others, the Chinese delegate being a Shar Pei and the German delegate being 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.
  • The Little Rascals:
    • The original Pete was a American Pit Bull Terrier (though some sources state he was a American Staffordshire Terrier) and uses the old "Nanny Dog" portrayal. He's a nice dog who is friends with the children.
    • The 1994 film has Pete as an American Bulldog. He still fits, as the breed is usually presented as kid-friendly and sweet similar to older portrayals of APBT's.
  • The title character of Marley and Me is quite possibly the stereotypical backyard Labrador: a Big, Friendly Dog with far more enthusiasm than sense.
  • Subverted in 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. Hilariously, the filmmakers had problems with the St. Bernard Big, Friendly Dog stereotype in production. The trainer could not get the St. Bernard actor to show aggressive behaviour no matter how hard he tried. Several crucial scenes had to be played out by a cunningly disguised Rottweiler, and in other scenes they still had to tape the tail to the dog's leg because he would otherwise constantly wag it.
  • Meet the Feebles:
    • Barry the Bulldog is every bulldog stereotype rolled into one (except for being dumb): brutal, thuggish, and 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.
  • In Air Buddies, the sheriff's pet bloodhound is necessarily sleepy and apathetic, so the golden retriever protagonists can play a role in the plot.

  • Survivor Dogs:
    • Lucky, the main protagonist of the first arc, is a Golden Retriever and Collie mix, and he's one Heroic Dog.
    • 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 Hot-Blooded 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. They're very aggressive to those outside their pack (and even to their packmates to a degree) and are called "Fierce Dogs" by others.
    • Alpha's a wolf-dog hybrid, but he's an aggressive bullying Social Darwinist who picks on Storm for being a Doberman pinscher. Alpha displays all the negative stereotypes of both his wolf mother and his German Shepherd father.
    • Sweet has a history of being a racing dog but otherwise doesn't fit many Greyhound stereotypes.
    • Whine is a Pug but he inverts stereotypes by being the complete opposite of Plucky Comic Relief. The other dogs see him as an ugly, pathetic thing and he is initially the Omega of his pack, yet he isn't The Load of the pack. He's a bad-tempered and sneaky dog that makes Lucky frame Mulch so that Mulch can become the new Omega.
    • Genki Girl Daisy is as plucky and energetic as you'd expect from a Westie/Jack Russel mix.
    • Alfie defies the old Bully Bulldog archetype and is instead a more modern, friendly bulldog.
    • Bruno is The Big Guy and he's also half-Chow Chow, half-German Shepherd. He fits the loyal and tough stereotypes associated with German Shepherds.
    • Half-Beagle Snap is plucky and nice.
    • Inverted with Breeze. She's a Collie/Lab mix so she must be super sweet, right? She's actually a villain who is Avenging the Villain by killing Storm's friends.
  • Dogs of the Drowned City:
    • 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 Politically Incorrect Hero (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.
  • Hank the Cowdog 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 Friend to All Children. He even says that it's his duty as a cowdog to protect all children from evil.
  • A Dog's Purpose is about a dog that reincarnates 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 "Heroic Dog" and "Good with kids" cliches.
    • Buddy is a Labrador Retriever. He, however, is unusually somber due to his Past-Life Memories allowing him to be more mature than other dogs. Still, Buddy is friendly and dedicated to the now-aged Ethan who he reunites with.
    • Max is a Yorkshire Terrier and Chihuahua cross. He is an Angry Guard Dog precisely because he's so small yet still feels the desire to protect his master.
  • Ratburger has a Rottweiler that fits the "Rottweilers are scary" stereotype.
  • Discworld, unsurprisingly, takes a more deconstructive view on these while still not straying from them entirely. Moving Pictures and some other books have Gaspode the Wonder dog, a street mutt who's street smart but not so heroic, at least at first sight — more like someone who's actually grown on the streets. (He's also a Talking Animal due to magical exposure.) Moving Pictures puts him as a foil to Laddie, a collie and male version of Lassie, who's totally The Ace and at the same time dumb as a rock. Men at Arms features Big Fido, the dreaded head of the Dog Guild and a Psycho Poodle.
  • Shiloh is about a boy who finds an abused hunting dog puppy and takes him in. Shiloh fits the stereotypes of Beagles being good with kids and being associated with rural areas, however he doesn't fit the normal breed characteristics in terms of personality. Likely due to his prior abuse, he barely barks and isn't energetic.
  • In Cat Pack, the cats are afraid of a local mastiff who is an Angry Guard Dog.

     Tabletop Games 
  • A Dragon article about Mystara's dog-people, the lupinsnote , was all over this trope. Doggermans make highly disciplined soldiers, Great Dogges are Gentle Giants, Torreon Pitbulls are gladiators, but sometimes become The Brute, Galatrian Mountaineers have healing abilities, Heldann Shepherds are lawful good and tend towards becoming village constables and so on.

    Video Games 
  • The Point-and-Click Adventure Game Jolly Rover 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 Harvest Moon is a hound, likely a Beagle or Foxhound, which are a must have for farmers.
  • Dog's Life:
    • Jake is an American Foxhound. He's from the rural countryside.
    • Killer is an aggressive Doberman who works with the Diabolical Dog Catcher. On the other time 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 Proper Lady who is grossed out by Jake.
  • Many Pokémon 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 Hell Hound, 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 Animal Crossing 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 Valiant Hearts. Doberman Pincher Walt is a Heroic Dog who serves as an Animal Companion to the main characters . He even narrates an entire trailer.
  • Missile from Ghost Trick is a boisterous but none-too-bright Pomeranian who is fiercely loyal to his owner Kamila.
  • Socks the Cat Rocks the Hill features Doberman-looking dogs as angry enemies.


    Western Animation 
  • Road Rovers used specific dog breeds with accompanying stereotypes as a Multinational Team, with the likely intentional subversion of Shag the sheepdog having a sheepish personality.
  • Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers has a couple of examples of this trope: the Doberman from To the Rescue part 4 is an Angry Guard Dog, Frenchie from the same episode, a French poodle with a French accent, is zee leader of zee Pound Underground.
  • Zig-zagged in American Dragon: Jake Long. 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 The Life and Times of Juniper Lee. The Pug character has a heavy Scottish accent.
  • Krypto The Super Dog's "Dog Star Patrol" includes a British Bulldog and a French-Canadian-accented Husky, while "Ace the 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, Superman and Batman respectively.
  • Old cartoons from the forties almost without exception fall into the Bully Bulldog category, as both Warner Bros. and MGM had a surfeit of bulldog characters. Generally they were vicious guard dogs or bullies, esp. towards cats and littler dogs.
  • And then there was Hemlock Holmes from The Dick Tracy Show - a British bulldog with his own support team who... well... solved cases for Mr Tracy in the cartoon series.
  • In Angela Anaconda, Angela's dog King is a stereotypical mutt, but Nanette's (male) purebred Poodle Ooh-La-La subverts cliches by liking to roll around in mud and garbage, much to Nanette's annoyance.
  • The Renand Stimpy Show: Ren is a Chihuahua and The Napoleon... with a voice based on Peter Lorre.
  • Several examples from Mr. Bogus:
  • Dawn Crumhorn from Danger Mouse (2015) is a Rich Bitch Spoiled Brat and thus a Poodle, while her father Dr. Augustus P. Crumhorn IV is a Doberman.
  • Mad Dog, Bunny's abusive boyfriend in Courage the Cowardly Dog is a scary looking Doberman. The heroic (if often cowardly) Courage is either a mutt or some sort of hound breed.
  • The Disney short Feast is about a happy lil' Boston Terrier with a huge appetite.
  • PAW Patrol has a cast full of this. Marshall is a Dalmatian puppy who is a firefighter, Rubble is an English Bulldog puppy who works in construction and is often hungry, Chase is a German Shepherd puppy who is a cop, 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 The Simpsons. Despite being an ex-racer, he isn't presented as particularly energetic and is rather mellow. This is Truth in Television for many rescued Greyhounds.
  • This is to be expected whenever a dog pops up in Bojack Horseman:
    • 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 Real Life.
    • In the over-idealized film the Secretariat biopic eventually becomes, the protagonist is seen giving a bland Rousing Speech to a group of Latino gangbangers. One of them is a tank top-wearing, tattoo-covered Pit Bull with dark gray fur.
  • In ''Horseland, Shep the German Shepherd is a typically paternal, protective character.
  • In Dog City, Ace Hart is a heroic German Shepherd while Bugsy Vile is a villainous bulldog. The same applies to Ace Yu and Bugsy Them in the original The Jim Henson Hour feature.
  • Dogtanian and the Three Muskehounds gender flips the "female Spaniel" stereotype. Three prominent male characters (Aramis, King Louis XIII and the Duke of Buckingham) are portrayed as members of this breed. Justified by the 17th century setting; long Spaniel ears resemble the hairstyles which were fashionable for gentlemen in the 1600s. In addition, King Louis, as befits his royal status, fits the "soft and pampered" stereotype to a T, while Aramis has the quietest temperament out of all the titular characters, though he's still pretty handy with a sword.

    Real Life 
  • A weird Truth in Television — Chihuahuas apparently fit the Latin Lover stereotype, with a dash of 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.
    • The same applies for poodles, as many "designers mutts" are poodle mixes, often with a Portmanteau Couple Name (ie. "Labradoodle" for Labrador retriever/poodle, "Shih-poo" for Shih-tzu/poodle, and so on). The Other Wiki attributes the poodle's popularity in breed mixes to their intelligence and hypoallergenic fur, though it's of course also possible that Everyone Looks Sexier If French 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 (Huskies, Akitas etc.) — 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 Broken Base 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 The Bible. 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...pretty arbitrary at best. At worst, it leads to a sort of Royal Inbreeding 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. The RSPCA eventually threatened to press criminal charges for animal cruelty if the British Kennel Club didn't make some drastic changes to their breed standards, which helped somewhat.

Alternative Title(s): All Bitches Are Poodles


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