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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. 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.


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    Anime and Manga 
  • 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.
  • In the late 1970s anime Yatterman, the two heroes ride on a giant dog-shaped mecha.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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

    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 
  • 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 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 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.
  • 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.
  • Lincoln Child's "Utopia" features a robot dog called Wingnut.
  • 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.
  • 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 Place Inside the Storm, Tara sees some of these in a thrift store. They're outdated models, ancestors of her robotic cat Xel.
  • 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.

    Live-Action TV 
  • 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.
  • Doctor Who and later The Sarah Jane Adventures have 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.
  • Muffit/Muffy II the robot Daggit in the 1970s Battlestar Galactica.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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    Newspaper Comics 
  • There was a Frank and Ernest comic in which a robotic dog was referred to as a "dogmatic".
  • 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.

    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 
  • 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".
  • Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga: The Mecha-Chomps are robotic Chain Chomps with the body of a standard robot dog.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 X1: 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).
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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).
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • ARMS: Barq is a robot dog whose owner, Byte, is a robot cop.
  • In Sir, You Are Being Hunted, there are robot dogs called Hounds.
  • Harvest Moon: Light of Hope: The scientist Doc owns a robotic pet dog.
  • 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.
  • Project: Horned Owl: Mechanical canines created by the Metalica corporation are a reoccurring enemy in the second level, particularly in the warehouse part.

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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 
  • Fred the Caveman: In one episode, Fred is hit with an alien intelligence enhancing ray. While under its effects, he, among other things, built a robotic dog.
  • Dynomutt, Dog Wonder:
    • The Blue Falcon. He later appeared on Dexter's Laboratory, as well, where Dexter attempted to replace him with a larger "upgraded" version.
    • Dynomutt also appeared in Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law. RIP.
    • Dynomutt gets a guest appearance on an episode of Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated, wherein he is given an origin story that also incorporates the world of Jonny Quest and reveals him (in that continuity at least) to be a cyborg made by Doctor Quest from a loyal security dog that had been injured by one of Doctor Xin's agents.
    • He also appears in the movie SCOOB! where he has trouble getting used to the new Blue Falcon.
  • The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Goddard, Jimmy's robotic canine sidekick that he invented.
  • A Pup Named Scooby-Doo: A robotic dog is featured as a rival for Scooby-Doo.
  • Phineas and Ferb had a robotic dog show up in the theme song. They actually build it in "Canderemy".
  • Futurama: Robo-Puppy, which is a direct parody of Sony's AIBO mentioned below. Bender actually kicks the Robo-dog.
    Robo-Puppy: Robo-Puppy commencing two hour yipping session: YIP! YIP! YIP! YIP! YIP! YIP!
  • PAW Patrol: Robo-Dog, who first appears in the episode 'Pups Save Ryder's Robot' and is later seen in more recent episodes driving the PAW Patroller and the Air Patroller.
  • An episode of Pound Puppies (2010) featured Toyoshiko, Bark Friend Machine. She shared a Partially Civilized intellect with the other dogs, yet still managed to be slightly lower in societal stature.
  • G9 from Gadget Boy & Heather is a transforming robot dog. Like his master's gadgets, he has little regard for conservation of mass, as seen in the opening credits.
  • Velma builds a robot dog for a science fair in an episode of What's New, Scooby-Doo?. She gives it to a competitor because while she gave it a king-sized brain, "it just can't match Scooby-Doo's king-sized heart."
  • Danger Mouse poses a question to a menacing robot dog in "Planet Of The Cats." The answer flummoxes it.
  • Rivet from The Adventures of Figaro Pho. Figaro specifically built him to cope with his fear of being alone.
  • On Doc McStuffins, Liv is a toy rover to accompany Liv, a space-explorer toy, who behaves pretty much like a dog.
  • Servo from Transformers: Rescue Bots is a loyal, helpful robotic rescue dog who can transform his limbs or entire body into a variety of useful tools, and even responds to a Cybertronian dog whistle. While it hasn't been directly addressed, he seems to be a Mechanical Lifeform like the Transformers.
    • Earth-made robo-dog Wi-Fido is... Less helpful than Servo, to put it mildly.
  • In C.O.P.S., part of the Back Story is that Officer Bowser of the K-9 Unit worked with a dog named Blitz, who sacrificed himself to save his master. Fortunately, Blitz's brain was retrieved and placed in a cyborg body.
  • In "Dog's Day" on ToddWorld, Sophie invents one named Dempsey that can say "hello" in 58 different languages, fly, and predict the weather. Todd's dog Benny is very jealous of him until Todd tells him that he loves him regardless of what he can or can't do.
  • Chip 'n Dale: Rescue Rangers in the Episode "Catteries Not Included", featured an army of robot bulldogs built by Professor Nimnul, and programmed to hunt and kidnap cats for his evil scheme.
  • 101 Dalmatians: The Series: P.H. Devil creates a robotic version of Rolly in "Robo-Rolly".

    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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