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Dr. Light: Behold! my greatest invention! Rush, the robotic dog!
Mega Man: What? A robotic dog? What's so great about that? Does it transform or something?
Dr. Light: A transforming robotic dog? Of course! Absolutely brilliant!
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Robots are cool. Dogs are cool. Put them together and you get a Robot Dog!

Makes for both an excellent Cool Toy and Robot Buddy, as well as a playful Canine Companion. Usually overlaps with Cute Machines and Fun Size if they're based on Precious Puppy, because why not?

Sometimes, Robots Are Just Better, and this applies to robot dogs too, since they tend to have better intelligence over their living counterparts. They do not have to be regularly walked, fed, bathed, cleaned up after or taken to the veterinarian. Most robot dogs made for consumers also lack aggressiveness of most living dogs, making them fall under Benevolent A.I. and Cheerful A.I. territory. Some robot dogs are also animated plush dogs, thus making them a robot dog version of Everything's Better with Plushies.

A poorly-designed robot dog can result in Uncanny Valley, or become a Funny Robot when Played for Laughs. If it breaks down, you need a Robot Master or a Wrench Wench to help fix it soon.

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If the Robot Dog is an Angry Guard Dog or a Hell Hound, on the other hand, be very afraid.

Sub-Trope to Mechanical Animals.


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    Anime and Manga 
  • Buso Renkin: Killer Rabies, the buso renkin of Alchemist Warrior Rintaro Inukai, takes the form of a pair of Alsatian-sized robotic dogs that he commands with a whistle. Rintaro uses his dogs as Attack Animals in battle and can make them go berserk so that they will attack anyone not holding the command whistle.
  • Ken's sidekick Barican from Chargeman Ken! is described as a robot dog, but has a spherical body and duck-like face.
  • In Kirby: Right Back at Ya!, Kirby gets one as a gift from the Ebrum family and ended up being a big brother to it. Too bad it only lasted for one episode though. Definitely a Tear Jerker moment near the end of said episode.
  • Mazinger Angels: In this Mazinger Z spin-off, Hikaru's dog -Daisuke- is a robotical dog that externally seems a normal one.
  • Friender from any incarnation of Neo Human Casshern (save the live action movie), who was a We Can Rebuild Him case. Originally Tetsuya's pet dog, Lucky, its data was used to revive it as Friender after it was killed. In order to support Casshern, it can transform into a jet, submarine, tank, or motorcycle, and is even able to breathe flames. Friender is a brave robotic dog capable of standing up to the Android Army alone.
    • Friender is also the inspiration for Rush.
  • Hayataro from Samurai 8: The Tale of Hachimaru, he's a robotic dog who's Hachimaru's faithful companion, he can transform into various forms of transportation; and although it looks like a dog, it mews like a cat due to a programming error by Hachimaru.
  • Robo-Dog from Super Milk Chan. Originally built to detect counterfeit money in Episode 1, he became a recurring character in later episodes.
  • In the late 1970s anime Yatterman, the two heroes ride on a giant dog-shaped mecha.

    Asian Animation 
  • In Happy Heroes, numerous robot dogs are on the futuristic Planet Xing. There are organic dogs on the planet as well, though, such as the one owned by the blind artist from one episode of Season 7.

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    Comic Books 
  • Blackhawk built a robot dog in his self-titled comic series.
  • Half-Face, from the Marvel Universe, invented several devices including a robot dog.
  • In Chassis, Elizabeth Tall Mountain owns a robotic attack dog named Coyote.
  • Robbie the Robot Dog from The DCU.
  • In East of West, The Ranger has a robotic dog that doubles as a sniper rifle. It barks after firing.
  • Valeria Richards built a robot dog in Mighty Avengers.
  • Spot, Krypto's robotic friend, from an issue of Superboy.
  • Pooch, Manhunter's pet, from Tangent Comics.
  • Sparky from The Vision (2015), albeit as the result of Brain Uploading from a normal dog.

    Fanfic 

    Film — Animated 
  • Isle of Dogs: Kobayashi has been developing these following the exile of the real dogs, both to serve as new pets, and to serve the police to track and fight targets.

    Film — Live-Action 

    Literature 
  • Lincoln Child's "Utopia" features a robot dog called Wingnut.
  • Carol Emshwiller's "Hunting Machine": The titular hunting machine is referred to as a dog by its human owners. The third-person narration occasionally shows what passes for thought by the machine; heartbeat normal, respiration normal. It's designed to be grey-green to camouflage itself in temperate forest environments and was built with six legs.
  • In the Waylon! books (spin-off series of Sara Pennypacker and Marla Frazee's Clémentine books), Waylon has always wanted a dog but never been allowed one because his mother is allergic to pet hair of any sort. It's mentioned in Waylon! One Awesome Thing that about a year before the story he had started building a robot dog and done pretty well, but stopped when he made the eyes because they were dull black, like stones, and it bothered him. He eventually came to realize that a robot dog could never understand him in the way a real dog could.
  • The Hound in Fahrenheit 451. Interestingly, it may not have actually looked much like a dog since it was built as an octopod, but Bradbury was a little vague on the details.
  • House of Robots has McFetch, a robot dog that Sammy's mom built so they could have a pet that wouldn't put Maddie at risk due to her SCID.
  • Isaac Asimov's A Boy's Best Friend: The titular "best friend" is a "robot-mutt" or Robutt. Jimmy's parents want to replace the "imitation" dog with a "real" dog by importing a Scotch terrier.
  • The "rat things" of Neal Stephenson's Snow Crash combine actual dogs with robotic parts to create extremely deadly guards.
  • In The Place Inside the Storm, Tara sees some of these in a thrift store. They're outdated models, ancestors of her robotic cat Xel.
  • In Yevgeni Veltistov's Ressi An Elusive Friend, the titular character is a robotic dog built by a child android named Elektronik as a companion. The dog is highly intelligent and, while incapable of human speech, could remotely transmit data directly to Elektronik. Ressi (which is an acronym) can run and swim extremely fast. In fact, it becomes a plot point after Ressi is captured and reprogrammed by a Corrupt Corporate Executive, as there is almost nothing manmade at sea capable of swimming at Ressi's top nautical speed, which equals to that of a swordfish (about 50 mph). Ressi is finally re-captured by the only boat capable of reaching that speed underwater.
  • The Rings of Saturn has one of these protecting the mansion of an important senator. It can be switched from ferocious guard dog mode to a lovable, face-licking pooch mode.

    Live-Action TV 
  • The Black Mirror series 4 episode "Black Mirror: Metalhead" prominently features Killer Robots referred to as "Dogs". However, they only really resemble dogs in that they're quadrupedal; their name and design are references to real-life robots being designed by Boston Dynamics such as the "BigDog", which yes, are just as creepy-looking in real life (but thankfully nowhere near as armed).
  • Doctor Who and later The Sarah Jane Adventures have K9.
    • There was also two attempts at giving him his own show the Failed Pilot Episode K-9 and Company (which eventually had it's basic set up repurposed for the aforementioned The Sarah Jane Adventures with the focus shifted to Sarah Jane) and the UK-Australian co-production K9
    • Averted in a Series 6 episode when The Eleventh Doctor advises Craig to avoid stepping on Yappy, the Robot Dog, then remarks that it wasn't as much fun as he remembers.
    • Though he may have only been comparing Yappy to K9, deciding Yappy inferior.
  • Frasier buys an AIBO for his father to amuse himself with while everybody else is out of town. Martin is later seen on the phone to technical support because he can't work out how to turn it on. As he's talking Eddie, his Jack Russell Terrier, starts barking at the robot which is when it finally comes to life. During The Stinger the AIBO does a series of tricks which Eddie imitates until he gets fed up and knocks the robot over.
  • In Kamen Rider Zero-One, before Hiden Intelligence made the HumaGears they created an AI robo-dog ("played" by the Sony Aibo); a young Gai Amatsu owned one, which he named "Thouser". However, he had to get rid of it after his father insisted that friendships held him back from achieving his full potential, which marked his slow descent into Corrupt Corporate Executive-dom. Decades later, after Gai reluctantly opened up to the "friend" AI Ai-chan, she had Hiden create a brand-new Thouser for him to convince him to open up to people again, which began his slow Heel–Face Turn.
  • Robbie built one of these in an an episode of LazyTown. The dog attacks when the word 'trouble' is uttered. There's even a song about him.
  • A few Zords have been giant robot wolves, including the Blue Ninjazord from Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers, the Wolf Wildzord, the Wolf Galactabeast who turned from a giant wolf into a giant robot wolf, the Wolf Animal Spirit (a giant robotic-looking wolf... made out of pure ki.) Yeah, Power Rangers a big on giant robot wolves.
  • Muffit/Muffy II the robot Daggit in the 1970s Battlestar Galactica.
  • My Name Is Earl: when the gang move into the local big box store because they think Y2K destroyed all civilization, Randy took up residence in the toy department and made friends with a toy robot dog.
  • R.I.C. 2.0 (Robotic Interactive Canine) from Power Rangers S.P.D., he can transform into a BFG for the rangers, or a Powered Armor for the Red Ranger. Or a scooter to ride on when the bumbling assistant scientist pretended to be a Ranger. He really becomes a Do-Anything Robot, with a lot of random things added to him just because they could when said assistant and the tech-savvy Ranger, Bridge, upgraded him in their spare time. (Before that, RIC 1.0 was a run-down screw-up of a robot dog, making the sound of any animal but a dog and basically being comic relief. Some fans liked him better that way.)
    • Another SPD commander has a version of RIC that looks like a bulldog.
  • Played for Laughs in an episode of Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles where Cameron goes to a convention on Artificial Intelligence and gets barked at by an AIBO robot, as dogs can detect Terminators.
  • Ultraman X: Rudian is the mechanical canine-like ally to the friendly Alien Gold, who acts as a protector to its creators and assists Ultraman X to battle the show's first Arc Villain, Gargorgon.

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    Newspaper Comics 
  • In a throwaway gag in an early Dilbert strip, Dilbert built one. Dogbert was scared he was being replaced, but it turned out that Dilbert had made the robot dog to be Dogbert's servant.
  • There was a Frank and Ernest comic in which a robotic dog was referred to as a "dogmatic".

    Radio 
  • This spoof toy ad (in Spanish) by the now defunct Mexican music station, Radioactivo 98.5: Fuchi el Robo-perro (Fuchi the Robo-dog). For added black humor: "Gain some extra money by signing Fuchi to dog fighting! Just don't tell anybody that he's a robot, Hehe!"
    Dog Ringer: Come on Coffee! To the right! Go for the neck!
    *Shhhhrrrrippp...* *Crunch*
    Dog Ringer: Cofffffeeeee!

    Tabletop Games 
  • Eberron: The Iron Defender is a mechanical homounculus sometimes used as a security robot, or crafted as an optional companion to the Artficer player class. While the Iron Defender can be made in the likeness of any creature, the illustration in the Monster Manual is of a hellhound variant. The Iron Defenders seen in Dungeons & Dragons Online are modeled after this illustration.
    • In 5th Edition, the Iron Defender's been replaced with the Steel Defender. Its illustration has also been updated to a robot mastiff.
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  • Transhuman Space: One of the countless "cybershell" robot body configurations described in this setting is the "Cyberdog".

    Video Games 
  • ARMS: Barq is a robot dog whose owner, Byte, is a robot cop.
  • Assault Android Cactus has the FIDOs (informally known as "toaster dogs"), robots who act as cute, skipping puppies while they either launch ballistic missiles you have to escape or Tractor Beam you to keep you from evading the other Killer Robots.
  • Atlas Reactor: PuP, the Series Mascot. Despite his appearance and inability to talk he has a human intellect. Little guy also has quite a number of tricks housed in his chassis, including sonic barks and the ability to turn invisible at will. He was originally part of a scrapped project named Project Universal Protector from a Mega-Corp named Warbotics to develop a stealth-spy bot.
  • Command & Conquer: Chitzkoi, a cyborg dog from the expansions. His owner, Volkov, is also a cyborg.
  • Fallout: The companions Robodog and K-9 in Fallout 2 and Rex in Fallout: New Vegas are cyborg dogs with mechanical limbs, spines and craniums.
  • Girls' Frontline: Dinergates, despite being little more than trapezoid on four legs, behave much like dogs outside of combat. It's quite telling that their King Mook version, Garm/Cerberus, is named after a mythological hellhound. KCCO Beasts are much closer in appearance to a traditional dog, to the point that they have a howling animation for their active skill.
  • Half-Life 2: Alyx Vance's robot companion Dog isn't very dog-shaped, but it has a dog-like behavior and name. Alyx says he used to be "yay-high", and a photo in Half-Life: Alyx shows he looked more dog-like before Alyx began "adding on to him".
  • Harvest Moon: Light of Hope: The scientist Doc owns a robotic pet dog.
  • Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga: The Mecha-Chomps are robotic Chain Chomps with the body of a standard robot dog.
  • Mass Effect 2: The FENRIS Mechs. The Collector's Edition of Mass Effect 3 includes a non-hostile version that inhabits the cargo-bay. It's explained she belongs to one of the scientists in charge of retrofitting the Normandy and accidentally was left behind when the ship had to bug-out during the Reaper invasion. Her owner later sends Shepard an email asking them to take care of "Sophie" and make sure she gets her walks.
  • Mega Man:
    • Mega Man (Classic): Rush, Mega Man's robot dog. There's also the giant, fire-breathing robot dogs in Wood Man's stage. There's also Treble, essentially an Evil Knockoff of Rush. Although, Treble is more of a wolf than a dog.
    • Mega Man X: Sigma's robot pet Velguarder is one, that looks similar to Friender above. Like Treble, it might be more of a wolf. There's also Blizzard Wolfang from X6.
    • Mega Man Zero has Tretista Kelverian (robot Hell Hound) and Fenri Lunaedge (robot wolf, and expy to Wolfang above).
  • Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance: The IF Prototype LQ-84i, or "Bladewolf". First fought as a sub-boss in Mission R-01, Raiden later takes him in for repairs and slight reprogramming, and the Bladewolf joins him on a few scouting missions later in the game. Bladewolf is an experimental version of the LQ-84 Fenrir, which while being less intelligent, has no problems with attempting to kill Raiden without hesitation.
  • Nintendogs + Cats has a Robopup that is unlocked with 11,000 owner points or 34 days of play. The voucher to get it is "crafted" from the secondhand shop using an extensive number of material items.
  • Pokémon Sun and Moon: Type: Null and its evolution Silvally are man-made canine Pokémon who can change types according to the memory disk they are holding.
  • In Professor Layton and the Curious Village, you can build your very own robot dog. In addition to unlocking new puzzles, he can be used to tell you when there are hidden things in the area.
  • Project: Horned Owl: Mechanical canines created by the Metalica corporation are a reoccurring enemy in the second level, particularly in the warehouse part.
  • Robo Army has robotic guard dogs as recurring enemies, used by the robot army to guard imprisoned humans in internment camps. There's also a King Mook robot canine serving as the first boss.
  • Secret Agent: A robotic bulldog is a type of enemy, described as "not a man's best friend". Curiously, these are always found near tiny little dog houses.
  • In Secret Agent Barbie, one of Barbie's gadgets is a tiny and rather cute robot dog.
  • In Secret of Evermore, your dog would change according to the region he was in. Naturally, the "future" world made him a robot (and a toaster).
  • In Sir, You Are Being Hunted, there are robot dogs called Hounds.
  • Sonic the Hedgehog (2006): Egg-Cerberus is a giant mechanical guard dog constructed by Dr. Eggman that serves as the game's first boss for Sonic and Shadow's stories. To defeat it, Sonic/Shadow must grab on its head antenna and charge it against the wall to damage it. Oh, and despite being named after a three-headed dog, it has only one head.
  • Space Debris has a gigantic Killer Robot dog in the derelict military installation serving as the first of two bosses in said level.
  • StreetPass Mii Plaza: In Battleground Z/StreetPass Zombies, survivors whose hobby is pet care will provide you with a robot dog as a weapon, whose appearance is based on the Aibo. Its main attack is to run around and damage zombies on contact, and its special move causes it to discharge a large amount of electricity.
  • Warframe has the Corpus and their robotic proxies, most of which are named after animals and have physical shapes that are very animalistic in design.
  • Wolfenstein: The New Order: The Panzerhund, a terror weapon used by Deathshead's army, was deemed Ugly Cute enough to serve as the game's official Mascot Mook. The level set on the moon likewise replaces the regular guard dogs, which are already armored and outfitted to the point that they veer into a sort of "Cyborg Dog" territory, with fully-robotic ones.

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    Web Original 
  • Atop the Fourth Wall: Linkara expresses his distaste for these things as video game enemies in his Adamantium Rage review:
    "Ugh, a robot dog. Why do video game designers always include dogs? They're one of the most annoying enemies ever!"

    Western Animation 

    Real Life 
  • This trope is officially Older Than Television — a "mechanical dog" called Sparko was built by Westinghouse Electric Corporation for the 1939 New York World’s Fair as a companion to Elektro, a mechanical man. An article from the June 12, 1940 edition of The Press Democrat of Santa Rosa details the dog's abilities and includes a diagram of the inner workings.
  • Sony's AIBO series of robots are literal (and adorable) robot dogs, or at least as close as they are possible within the limits of artificial intelligence. The newest iteration arrived in 2018, ending the Sequel Gap of 12 years.
  • Hasbro's Furreal Friends included Biscuit, a robot dog for kids.
  • Poo-Chi, a robot dog for kids (followed by Meow-Chi, Chirpy-Chi [bird] and Dino-Chi), which came in various colors. Among the variants were a poodle, a bulldog and three dalmatians (actually Domino, Little Dipper and Oddball, to promote 102 Dalmatians). The toys were made from 2000 to 2002, and there were even smaller plastic variants that were sold in McDonald's Happy Meals. One of the complaints about them was that they wouldn't shut up!
  • Similar to Poo-Chi was Techno the robotic dog made by Techno electronics. Introduced the same year as Poo-Chi, he recently got a revision.
  • From the same creators as Poo-Chi came iCybie, a robotic dog with artificial intelligence.
  • Wow Wee's original robotic dog was Robopet from 2005, but in recent years they have introduced CHiP, once again a full robotic dog with artificial intelligence.
  • Zoomer Pup is the offering from Spin Master.
  • Boston Dynamics has BigDog and Spot. They're not very dog-like, though.
  • An actual Robot Guard Dog is currently being used in Japan. "Super Monster Wolf" is a solar-powered, motion-activated animatronic dummy with a collection of recorded "howls", employed to scare wild boar and other scrounging wildlife away from farmers' crops.

 
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