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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 

General Stereotypes

  • Akita, Jindo, and other large, Asian Spitz types are Angry Guard Dogs.
  • Chinese dog breeds like Pugs, Chow Chow, Pekingese, Shih-Tzu, Tibetan Mastiffs and Chinese Crested dogs were portrayed differently depending on situations; they were used to represent the (very offensive) Yellow Peril stereotypes.
  • Feral dogs are usually viewed in a Scavengers Are Scum light, especially if the setting is a post-apocalyptic world.
  • Hairless dog breeds are primarily susceptible to the dog version of Bald of Evil trope, since they don't come off as friendly as their fluffy counterparts. Positive portrayals of hairless dog breeds can range from Creepy Hairless Animal to Ugly Cute, though.
  • If a designer mix isn't a labradoodle or a goldendoodle, it's a small Mister Muffykins Rich Bitch who lives with an equally vain owner. Designer mixes in fiction are almost always part-poodle, likely a result of crossbreeds with said dogs being enormously popular.
  • Larger hound breeds (such as basset hounds, coonhounds, or especially bloodhounds) are commonly depicted as sleepy, laid-back Mellow Fellows with large stomaches and are mostly associated with having a Southern accent. Sometimes they are also portrayed as seemingly dumb Good Ol Boys, but are actually more intelligent than their lazy-looking, dopey appearances let on. Alternatively, they are often used as the basis for Hellhounds due to similar-sounding names. The polar opposite for the former is true in Real Life; hounds are actually among the most energetic dogs out there.
  • Mixed-breed dogs (aka, "mongrels"/"mutts") are often street-smart and heroic, unless they're specific "designer dog"-esque mixes or wild dog mixes (especially wolf-dog or jackal-dog hybrids, which fall under Scavengers Are Scum territory). They're usually either a stray or have been shuffled around from home to home over their life.
  • Pit bulls (staffordshire bull terriers, American staffordshire terriers, and American pit bull terriers) are often 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, though this has been declining in recent years as BSL has been increasingly repealed. In older works (and even many newer works, due to pit bull activism becoming common in the 2000s) they tend to be portrayed as Ugly Cute dogs who are good with kids and are often portrayed as patriotic Gentle Giants, much like modern American works portray German Shepherds. The Nanny Dog myth has since been abandoned by pro-pitbull organizations since it led to owners taking irresponsible actions with the dog (as no dog, let alone one with a high prey drive, should be left alone with children). Staffordshire bull terriers are sometimes stereotyped as British, especially in older works.
  • Scruffy terrier breeds such as the Cairn Terrier and West Highland White Terrier (otherwise known as "Westies") are plucky, scrappy little fellows. Thanks to their elegant-looking straight white fur, Westies are also often treated with similar stereotypes as Yorkies and other "posh" dogs. In cases they're portrayed as action-oriented, they tend to be dog versions of Delinquents if the feral mixed-breeds aren't used.
  • Sled dogs like huskies and samoyeds are generally merry energetic fellows, eager to be on the go for whatever reason. Often portrayed as the literal Husky Russkie if the national stereotypes are applied. Less positive portrayals of the former depict them as beautiful yet vain bullies or Renegade Russians, while the latter are more likely to be portrayed as Rich Bitch or Light Is Not Good version of The Beautiful Elite due to their elegant white coats. The "beautiful-yet-evil" stereotype is often applied to the Alaskan malamute due to its larger and more imposing build.
  • 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. Negative portrayals, although rare, put the spaniels into Rich Bitch or The Proud Elite territory due to their pampered fur representing the prestige and royalty.
  • 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.
  • Thin, graceful dogs with flowing, feathery features such as the saluki or afghan hound are invariably portrayed as females, possibly portrayed as a Girly Girl. Stockier dogs with long fur (like the shih tzu and havanese) will also get this treatment.
  • If an unusual breed (in the public's eye) or a seldom-seen wild dog (such as an African wild dog, a raccoon dog or a dhole) is featured, this usually means one of the writers specifically had such a dog, and it might be specifically mentioned.

Specific Breeds

  • American bulldogs are considered to be pit bull-type dogs in Real Life; however 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: friendly, large dogs who aren't very smart but love kids and food.
  • Anatolian shepherds are hard to keep as pets and are predominantly a working breed. Due to their strong guarding instincts, they're stereotyped as tough and protective dogs that take their jobs very seriously.
  • Beagles are often portrayed as a Friend to All Children and are associated with rural kids. Another common portrayal is depicting them as stubborn and independent with a mind of their own, intelligent, playful, affectionate and happy when they want to be, especially when it comes to food. (Snoopy from Peanuts is a prime example of this).
  • Minus the Nazi parts, many German shepherd stereotypes also apply to the Belgian malinois, which is commonly depicted as a police or war dog.
  • 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.
  • Border terriers are scruffy terriers who like to get down and dirty. They also often play mixed-breeds in fiction.
  • Boston terriers are friendly Big Eaters.
  • Borzoi are either elegant and refined, or goofy and hyperactive. A glut of memes about them sprung up in The New '20s, mostly centering around their long snouts and other aspects of their appearance. Occasionally, though, their long limbs, bulging eyes, and slender frames are played for eeriness factor (such as one Xenofiction comic portraying them as the wolf equivalent of Body Horror).
  • 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.
  • Chihuahuas are often portrayed as The Napoleon, a Boisterous Weakling, a Nervous Wreck, and/or being Ax-Crazy, often even by dog standards. Often portrayed with a Mexican National Stereotype or a Mayincatec stereotype. If the Angry Guard Dog or a Right-Hand Attack Dog isn't a doberman or a German shepherd, it's this. Positive portrayals of Chihuahuas tend to be Hot-Blooded heroes or Plucky Comic Relief. If a chihuahua is a larger "deerhead" (which isn't an official term and isn't to Breed Standard), they're more likely to be portrayed positively.
  • Dachshunds are spunky and stubborn, often not caring if whomever they're facing off with is bigger than them. They're typically the Plucky Comic Relief due to their elongated bodies giving them a funny appearance. Their violent, vicious Angry Guard Dog tendencies in real-life however are often ignored in fiction.
  • Dalmatians are stereotyped as cheerful, heroic firehouse mascots.
  • Dobermans are often fiercely disciplined soldiers when they aren't Angry Guard Dogs. They're sometimes portrayed as Hellhounds, due to their black-and-red coloration and pointed ears giving them a demonic looknote . European works tend to portray dobermans as more aggressive than North American works due to differences in the temperaments of breeding lines.
  • English bulldogs often have English accents (playing on the "British bulldog" National Stereotype), typically Cockney, 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.
  • 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). Modern works also increasingly portray them as police or war dogs- whether or not the portrayal is positive depends on how the author feels about the police or the military.
  • 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. Usually the top pet for American suburbia.
  • Great Danes are big and friendly, perhaps boisterously clumsy, and also dumb (the archetypal examples being Scooby-Doo and Marmaduke). Alternatively, like other Mastiff cousins, the Great Danes are also often used as basis for Hellhounds (as shown in multiple adaptations of The Hound of the Baskervilles).
  • Greyhounds are canine speed personified. They are often hyper and usually racers. Alternatively, they're lazy dogs who are only active for short spurts (which has become the main stereotype amongst dog enthusiasts).
  • Irish setters are almost always characterized as being (or at least acting) happy-go-lucky even by dog standards. Their intelligence varies: sometimes they're empty-headed, other times they're more intelligent than their demeanor might suggest. Occasionally, they get played as stepford smilers.
  • Jack Russell terriers and Parson Russell terriers are hyperactive bundles of energy. Otherwise they're much like the beagle. Out of all the terrier breeds, they're portrayed as having the highest prey drive, making them prone to vermin chasing (especially squirrels).
  • Old English sheepdogs are lovable goofs who are half blind with their fur covering their eyes.
  • Mastiff-type dogs are usually menacing and ravenous beasts, often taking the role of an Angry Guard Dog. If a Hellhound isn't a doberman, a rottweiler or a bloodhound, it's some type of mastiff. More positive portrayals, like their German cousins the Great Danes, depict them as Gentle Giants who shouldn't be provoked regardless.
  • 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.
  • Poodles are dainty and spoiled, ideal for the Rich Bitch. They're also almost Always Female (making them literal Rich Bitches). Occasionally sports a French accent (playing on the "French poodle" National Stereotype), making them French Jerks if they aren't Big Friendly Dogs. 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, which Rich Bitches may use as Angry Guard Dogs or Right Hand Attack Dogs. In the rare cases they're portrayed as action-oriented, they generally fall under the Agent Peacock or Girly Bruiser tropes.
  • Labradoodles and Goldendoodles 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, and their curly hair will be treated as Quirky Curls.
  • Pugs are either The Klutz or The Load, but always the Plucky Comic Relief or Ugly Cute dogs. Although they do look similar to bulldogs, pugs generally are one of the most-affectionate dog breeds both in real-life and fiction, so they've avoided the Bully Bulldog stereotype by and large.
  • Rottweilers are portrayed as being somewhat friendlier than Pit Bulls, but are dangerous if provoked with jaws like a steel trap. Like dobermans, Hellhounds tend to closely resemble, if not outright be, rottweilers due to their typical red/black color scheme and muscular builds.
  • Rough collies are often portrayed as The Ace, with Lassie being the archetype.
  • 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. If not the main characters, Saint Bernards are often portrayed as Gentle Giants.
  • Schnauzers are Always Male due to their mustaches. They tend to be gruff and scrappy by nature.
  • Scottish terriers are often portrayed as are plucky, scrappy little fellows who speak with a Scottish accent. They're almost always male due to their "beards".
  • Shiba inu stereotypes depend on the region: In Japan they are small but independent and tough dogs. They're an energetic family dog, similarly to retrievers in America, but are seen as less affectionate. Outside of Japan (and especially outside Asia), they're seen as goofy, playful, and friendly, largely because people base them off of just their looks, rather than their temperament. In The New '10s, the breed has become almost irreversibly associated with the Doge Meme, at least on the web, and is the go-to dog breed for memes.
  • Wolf-Dog hybrids nowadays 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. In older stories, they were often Savage Wolves due to their dog part being used as a façade, and were generally more villainous than their pure-dog counterparts. Even in modern stories, a wolf-dog is often seen as a Right-Hand Attack Dog if not The Big Bad Wolf.

Big Friendly Dog and Mister Muffykins are stereotypes concerning the dog's size. Bully Bulldog and Psycho Poodle are subtropes. See also Angry Guard Dog, National Animal Stereotypes, Dogs Are Dumb, Canine Confusion, and This Index Barks.

Tanuki/Kitsune Contrast is a Japanese-specific related trope involving raccoon dogs and foxes.


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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.
  • A series of Taco Bell commercials in the late 1990s featured a talking chihuahua with a Mexican accent.

    Anime & Manga 
  • Doraemon: Nobita in the Wan-Nyan Spacetime Odyssey have Doraemon and gang visiting Wan-Nyan city, a world populated by andromorphic dogs and cats, and befriending Hachi and his gang of dog-people urchins. Unsurprisingly, the Shih-tzu character Chiko is the sole female member of the group.
  • 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 very vicious and aggressive Great Danes who have killed and eaten their abusive owner, much like the Baskervilles Great Dane Hellhound examples below.
    • Played straight with Lecter and Thunder. Both are as ruthless as Sniper was, and were 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:
    • The protagonist, Mametarou, is a loyal and heroic mutt.
    • 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. She, however, doesn't know her own strength and frequently knocks over others.
    • 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.
    • Shokora is a spoiled and pampered Shih Tzu. He's also Older Than They Look, looking and sounding like a puppy despite being seven.

  • 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 
  • Billy the Cat: Saucisse averts the associated Basset hound stereotypes, being a Jerkass who likes to bully the cats. That is, until he gets better.
  • The DCU:
    • Batman: Batman's serious but loyal dog Ace is a German shepherd.
    • Superman: Krypto, Superman's friendly and heroic superdog, is often styled as a Labrador retriever.
  • Disney Ducks Comic Universe: The Beagle Boys, Scrooge's perennial enemies, are an inversion of common beagle stereotype; they are a group of villainous beagles who commit organized crimes and attempt to rob Scrooge McDuck.
  • The Gingerbread Girl: One of the narrators is an English Bulldog; contrary to the stereotype, he's extremely cultured and intelligent.
  • Nova: The hero meets Cosmos, a telepathic cosmonaut dog with a Russian accent.

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    Fan Works 
  • The Bolt Chronicles:
    • Carmen the chihuahua in "The Service Dog" is portrayed as being yappy, hyperactive, nervous, and capable of unprovoked biting, all traits commonly associated with this breed.
    • Otherwise, the trope is invariably inverted. Examples:
      • In "The Survivor" and "The Imaginary Letters," the homosexual dogs are stereotypically masculine breeds such as Rottweilers, pit bulls, Doberman pinschers, and collies.
      • In "The Blood Brother" and "The Wind," the villains are stereotypically friendly breeds such as beagles, cocker spaniels, and golden retrievers.
  • Speed and Purpose: Lance is a Funny Animal greyhound who bullies Sonic about his difficulties with speed. Lance takes pride in being fast.

    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 pit bull 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 entirely 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.
  • Played with Copper in The Fox and the Hound regarding bloodhound stereotypes; although he's a decent dog, he subverts the "lazy and dumb" parts of the generic "scenthound" stereotypes and, much like real-life bloodhounds, is often seen as an energetic and loyal companion helping Todd during harsh times, unlike his original novel portrayal.
  • In Up, Muntz's dogs match the sides they're on. Dug is a lovable 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.
  • The Wizard of Oz portrays Toto as a plucky Scottish Terrier.
  • At first, Francis from The Super Mario Bros. Movie appears to fit the stereotype of Golden Retrievers being Big Friendly Dogs that wouldn't hurt a fly. Then Luigi accidentally breaks his favorite bone, and he becomes a vicious dog bent on trying to maul the Mario Bros., botching their first plumbing job, ruining their reputation, and setting the stage for their journey through the Mushroom Kingdom. That said, he's more like a Jerk with a Heart of Gold—near the end, he gives Luigi a mutual nod of respect after the brothers save Brooklyn from Bowser.

    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.
  • Many live-action adaptations of The Hound of the Baskervilles, such as the 1939 version, tend to use Great Danes as Hellhounds.
  • 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 & 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.
  • Men in Black has Frank the Pug, the snarky, Plucky Comic Relief.
  • 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.
  • In Kingsman: The Secret Service, during the scene where the recruits choose a puppy to raise, Roxy chooses a poodle, much to Eggsy's surprise. She then explains that poodles were originally bred as gundogs and their high intelligence makes them easy to train, which is Truth in Television.
    • Eggsy on the other hand, chooses a pug, thinking they're related to bulldogs and it will grow much bigger. He could not be more wrong.
      • It certainly didn't stop him from avenging JB's death in the sequel

  • 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 plays the classic "savage wolf-dog" stereotype straight, being 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.
  • The Incredible Journey has Luath, the young, heedful and energetic Labrador and Bodger, an aging yet goofy and playful Bull Terrier. While he enjoys putting up a good fight, it's not in the typical aggressive way as stereotyped, as he likes to run around his opponents to catch them off guard before nipping at them. It's more like a game to Bodger if anything.
  • 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.
    • Molly is a Cocker Spaniel and Poodle Mix. She shares characteristics from both breeds, being playful, easy-going, intelligent, and alert. Molly is often spoiled a lot by her person, a girl named Clarity, whom she is very much devoted to. Molly's brother, Rocky, is portrayed as being the same way, but a lot more energetic and hyper than Molly.
    • 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 a now adult Clarity.
  • Subverted with A Dog's Way Home as the narrator is a mastiff or rottweiler mix named Bella who is portrayed as affectionate and friendly to everyone she meets and spends most of the book helping other animals and humans on her journey back home. She's mistaken for a pit bull mix but it's a plot point that she avoids the stereotype that pit bulls are dangerous, as in her hometown pit bulls are legally banned. At the end of the book, Bella is free to live in her town with her boy Lucas as people begin to stick up for pit bulls to be allowed in their community once they realize she is truly a good dog who just wants to give comfort like any other dog breed can. She even becomes an emotional support dog.
  • Ratburger has a Rottweiler that fits the "Rottweilers are scary" stereotype.
  • Copper in The Fox and the Hound inverts the bloodhound stereotypes: he's an old but energetic dog with a mean and jealous streak that, depending on the reader's taste for Blue-and-Orange Morality, either comes across as him being a dog and therefore very inhuman in his thinking and morals or as him being a Villain Protagonist.
  • The titular wolf-dog Villain Protagonist of The Wolves of Paris play the classic "savage wolf-dog" stereotype lethally straight. No slouch on slaughtering livestock at first, he then turned to human flesh for food and The Evulz.
  • 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.
  • The Last Dogs:
    • Max is a heroic and friendly Labrador retriever, eager to make friends with other animals.
    • Rocky is a stubborn and spunky dachshund, and a Big Eater to boot.
    • Gizmo is the cutesy and friendly Yorkshire terrier.
    • Dandyclaw the poodle fits as much into Psycho Poodle as the miniature and toy poodles. He rules the Enclave (a pack of former pet dogs) with an iron paw and has No Sense of Humor.
    • Georgie is a big friendly Saint Bernard, though shy and lonely when Max and his friends first meet him.
    • The Chairman (real name is Precious) fits the Angry Guard Dog part of the Doberman pinscher.
    • Zephyr, Cosmo, and Astrid are Dalmatians who live with firefighters.
  • Doglands:
    • Due to his mixed greyhound/wolfhound heritage, Furgul is very energetic and high-sprung. He has a strong running instinct and a strong hunting instinct; he nearly attacked a small poodle because he "wanted to see how fast the little feller could run". Furgul also fits the stereotype of a heroic, Street Smart mixed-breed.
    • Furgul's father Argal is a huge and wild lurcher. He fits the "pragmatic Street Smart mutt" stereotype but is more refined than usual. He enjoys being a wild dog and always escapes shelters, to the point where he's become the thing of legend amongst other dogs. Argal's wolfhound side gets the most emphasis. He has the spirit of a free-roaming hunting dog.
    • Double subverted with Dervla. She's a friendly and energetic German shepherd who likes to play-fight. When Furgul meets her again months later she's been broken down into a cold, violent Angry Guard Dog. She was kidnapped by thieves and forced to act as their guard dog. The only thing she knows to do is kill without emotion. Even afterwards she's still a Broken Bird.
    • Brennus is a wise, gentle saint bernard who was abused and left to die by his owner. He acts as Furgul's Parental Substitute.
    • Zinni is a pampered and sweet papillon with a diamond-collar. She later subverts the Mister Muffykins portrayal after her owner abandons her for a chihuahua they found at a shelter. Zinni's more pro-active and rough-and-tumble then most fictional papillon.
    • Subverted when, upon meeting Furgul, the English bulldog Kinnear tries to pass himself as the "dominant dog" of the household. He's no Bully Bulldog. He's passive and apologetic.
    • The two bullmastiffs, Tic and Tac, are dimwitted Angry Guard Dogs.
    • Furgul comes across a seeing-eye dog and, of course, it's a labrador.
    • Subverted with a poodle-like dog that Furgul meets at a dog park. Its owner is terrified that Furgul will hurt it, but the dog isn't phased. It wants to rough-house with Furgul and Dervla. The two decline because of the height difference.
    • Downplayed with the greyhounds. While they are racing greyhounds, they aren't particularly hyperactive.
    • "Guard dog" breeds, such as pit bulls and giant schnauzers, are generally treated as Dumb Muscles.
  • The Good Dog:
    • McKinley is a heroic malamute who's associated with wolves.
    • Redburn is a snobby, pampered Irish settler.
    • Aspen is a friendly and gentle retriever, though it's not mentioned what type of retriever she is.
    • Tubbs is a basset hound who no one takes seriously because of his looks.

    Live-Action TV 
  • The Walking Dead: Season nine introduces Daryl's dog, a Belgian malinois named Dog, whose breed is loyal and heroic like German shepherds. He serves as Daryl's hunting companion and even saves Henry by tearing out a Whisperer's throat.
  • Red Dwarf: One parallel version of the crew of Red Dwarf has the Cat's counterpart be "a Dog" (a descendant of domestic dogs which has become humanoid). While Cat exhibit's sterotypically cat-like traits like aloofness and preoccupation with grooming and hygiene, the Dog is excitable, messy, friendly and mentions getting nervous when nobody is around to play with.

    Religion and Mythology 
  • 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 Year of the Dog is the eleventh year of the Eastern Zodiac, often chalked up to the Dog having played in the water for too long.

    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.
  • Fraidy Cats is a simple Roll-and-Move game with the gimmick of a mechanized dog that can launch your cat into the air if he hits the fencepost you're standing on. In a commercial, said dog is portrayed as a mean, angry bulldog who's actively harassing the cats in the original release, but a later version turns him into a silly, Ugly Cute, fish-eyed pug, giving the impression that he's just The Klutz, rather than intentionally aggressive.
  • Pugmire wallows in this one, with real-world dog breeds sorted into six categories that serve the same function as the Standard Fantasy Races do in Dungeons & Dragons.

    Video Games 
  • 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.
  • Story of Seasons: The most common dog 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.
  • Pokémon: 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.
  • Animal Crossing: There are several characters, both villagers and NPCs, that are based on dogs (although all of them are friendly 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.
  • Ghost Trick: Missile 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.
  • Fallout 4: Dogmeat is a heroic and loyal German shepherd, tagging along with the Vault Dweller as they journey through the Commonwealth.
  • Detroit: Become Human: Sumo is a big, friendly Saint Bernard with no aggressive bone in his body. While cautious of Connor when he first comes into Hank's home, he doesn't bother attacking him and lets him through. And when his owner, Hank, orders Sumo to attack, he just lays there and lets out a lazy bark. If anything, Connor was probably more intimidated by Sumo's size, but after realizing the dog's true nature, feels comfortable to know the dog's bark is worse than his bite. You can even pet him.
  • Pathway: The Nazi troops have packs of German Shepherds as their companion and attack dogs.
  • The Great Ace Attorney: A serial killer known as the Professor used a large dog to tear out the throats of his victims. The dog's breed is never identified, as it was never found by the police, but it illustrations usually depict it as a German Shepherd. In reality, it was the late Lord Klint van Zieks's prized sighthound, Balmung, which looks to be a Chart Polski or English Greyhound. The unspoken implication is that Balmung was never identified as the attack dog for the same reason it took so long to identify his owner—his noble breeding put him above suspicion.

    Web Animation 


    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.
  • Pluto is a Bloodhound who is extremely loyal to his best friend Mickey. Somewhat Down Played as he is portrayed as a lot more energetic than most other Bloodhound examples, played straight with his tendency of wanting to spend an entire episode trying to sleep. He is goofy, playful, and sometimes clumsy, and while he's not immune to being outwitted, his silliness should never be mistaken for stupidity as he often always finds a way to escape the situation, being actually pretty smart and is even promoted to being a guard dog in some cartoons. In the older cartoons, he was prone to being fussy and to have a bit of a temper, but in the newer cartoons, his more vigorous side no longer is apparent, being just the happy-go-lucky, silly dog he is today.
    • Butch the Bulldog, who belongs to Pete and is Pluto's arch nemesis. In the old cartoons, he was portrayed as a mean, vicious, and gluttonous brute who often antagonizes Pluto.
    • Dinah the Dachshund, one of Pluto's girlfriend, was stereotype as stuck-up, arrogant, fickle-headed, stubborn but also clingy.
    • Fifi the Peke is Minnie Mouse's feisty Pekingese. She is also Pluto's mate. While she can be snappy, she is also very sweet and gentle.
  • 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, the titular 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 an Ax-Crazy Chihuahua and The Napoleon... with a voice based on Peter Lorre. The Adult Party Cartoon spinoffs ramps up his Ax-Crazy tendencies even more.
  • 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.
  • Droopy, the titular Basset Hound. He's plays the Hound stereotype straight enough at first as he seems like a easy-going and relaxed fellow who often looks sad or sleepy... until you make him angry, that is.
  • Feast is about a happy lil' Boston Terrier with a huge appetite.
  • Huckle Berry Hound is a laid-back, tone deaf Coon Hound who enjoys playing his banjo and speaks with a Southern drawl.
  • 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, Zuma is a Labrador Retriever puppy who works as a water rescuer, Skye is a female Poodle-mix puppy, and Everest is a Husky puppy who handles snow related missions.
  • Mr. Pickles: Inverted with the titular Mr. Pickles, a border collie who's a Villain Protagonist with hellhound powers and high body count. (Although his violent tendencies got toned down in later seasons.)
  • Puppy Dog Pals is filled with this.
    • Bingo and Rolly are fun-loving, plucky Pugs who enjoy going on adventures around their neighborhood, playing, chewing on things for fun and eating.
    • Bulworth is a friendly Pitbull who lives in a junkyard who enjoys collecting junk and guards the stuff there.
    • Guard Dog is a Doberman who is... well, a guard dog.
    • Strider is the fast-talking, quick-witted Border Collie who has a passion for herding sheep.
    • Cupcake is a Maltese puppy who is the snobby, controlling and resident ''mean girl'' of the town.
    • Rufus is a dumb, partially mute and often reckless Bulldog who blindly follows orders from his alpha Cupcake.
    • Quinty Mc Squinty is an elderly, wise and goofy Basset Hound.
    • Dallie is the easy-going Dalmatian who works in the fire department.
    • Baby is a young, hyper, and energetic Great Dane puppy who accidentally destroys Bingo and Rolly's yard when she is invited over to their house for a playdate.
    • Crumpet is a royal and spoiled Corgi. He even has the snobbish English accent.
    • Keia is playful, kittenish Shiba Inu puppy who is also very artistic and creative. She also has a pet caterpillar and moth.
  • The Simpsons: Subverted with Santa's Little Helper. 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.
  • 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.
  • Horseland: Shep the German Shepherd is a typically paternal, protective character.
  • 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 inverts 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.
  • Bluey: All the characters are based on varying dog breeds, many of whom either adhere to or avert their stereotypes.
    • Snickers the Dachshund is aware of his breed's short legs and often pokes fun at himself for having them.
    • Gruber the German Shepherd and his dad run a German sausage stall at the local market.
    • Indy and her mother are either Salukis or Afghan Hounds, two breeds known for having very long hair on their ears, allowing the use of the Ears as Hair trope in their designs.
  • Zig-Zagged in Dogs in Space. Seemingly, for every character who conforms to a dog stereotype, there's another character who doesn't.
    • On the Played Straight side:
      • Garbage is an optimistic, impulsive corgi.
      • Stella is a levelheaded Sheltie who acts as the Pluto's Only Sane Woman.
      • Happy is an arrogant, egotistical poodle, but he's also PRATS's top Pet Ship captain (perhaps alluding to the poodle's working dog background).
      • Penelope, a Tibetan spaniel, is a former dog show champion who now trains other dogs.
      • Stardust is perhaps a Deconstruction of the plucky, scrappy Scottish terrier, as his egomania and rule-breaking got him kicked off the M-Bark and set a bad example for Garbage.
    • On the Aversion side:

    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.
  • 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.
    • It's doubly ironic, considering that the breed is origianlly from Germany.
  • Greyhounds were 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.
  • Pitt Bulls and their various breeds are generally stereotyped as dangerous and vicious dog breeds, whether as wild dogs or as pets of criminals (though actual statistics and scientific papers have shown this to be over embellished and a simplification. On the flip side they've also been portrayed as "nanny dogs", which while closer to the truth than the the stereotype of Pit Bulls as vicious killers, has resulted in inexperienced owners buying them en masse.
  • 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.
  • Played With when it comes to German Shepherds. While they do make great guard dogs, police dogs, Search and Rescue Dogs, and just about any 'job' one can think of for them, they are surprisingly bad at the one thing they were actually bred for: Herding. While they will surely protect the herd they are assigned to, they don't actually herd the pack like a Border Collie or Australian Shepherd would. Instead, they tend to walk the perimeter around a flock or herd, looking for potential threats. If there's more than one GSD, they will actually group up and patrol as a team. While this is fine if the group managed to find something, it leaves huge blind-spots where the herd can be attacked.
    • It should be noted however, that while they make great guard dogs, they must still be trained properly. While a well trained and disciplined German Shepherd could have a child literally crawl all over them and not move an inch or even growl, it must be said that a poorly trained Shepherd will attempt to leave the child, and when it can't, may snap at the child if the play becomes too rough for them. For this reason, many Kennels are filled with poorly trained "dangerous" German Shepherds with a one-way ticket to the pink death because irresponsible parents introduced their child to a dog that wasn't trained to deal with it, and for this reason, many apartment complexes across the country will not rent to owners of German Shepherds outside of legal reasons (Service Dogs, Working Dogs, etc).

Alternative Title(s): All Bitches Are Poodles