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Nov 2 2016

UPDATED: Guess What Breeds These Cartoon Dogs Are


UPDATED: Guess What Breeds These Cartoon Dogs Are

For no other reason than that I like animation, here’s a gallery of cartoon dogs. Try to guess what each dog’s breed is. I’ll start with Scooby-Doo, probably the cartoon canine who resonates most with my generation (EVERYONE I know has said “Ruh-Roh!” at one time or another.) What type of dog is Scooby?

Cartoon Dogs

Answer: Scooby is probably the most famous Great Dane in popular media. (Marmaduke fans would probably quibble over that.)

Up next: Astro from The Jetsons. What breed is he?

the_jetsons_astro_and_george_sticker__33368Answer: Astro is likely another Great Dane. I was unable to find a conclusive answer on the Interwebs.

Fast forward to Family Guy. Here’s Brian. Next to Stewie, he’s my favorite character from the show. He is?


Answer: Brian claims to be a Golden Retriever mix, but I think he looks more like Snoopy from Peanuts, which makes him Beagle in my book! Clark thinks Brian looks like a fat West Highland Terrier.

After the jump: Bandit, Ren, Gromit, Goofy, Pluto, Muttley, Mr. Peabody, and Underdog!

One of my all-time favorite Saturday morning cartoons when I was a kid was Jonny Quest. Jonny had a dog named Bandit (His face markings look like a bandit’s mask. Get it?) I think it’s pretty obvious what type of dog he is.



Answer: English Bulldog.

“I’m just crackers about cheese!”

Another personal favorite is Gromit from the British Wallace and Gromit series. Any idea what he is?

The-Curse-of-the-Were-Rabbit-wallace-and-gromit-118082_1508_1820Answer:  Inconclusive, but most fans on the Internet speculate that he’s a mixed breed, some say he’s a Hound of some type.

Back to the early days of cartoon dogs and we have Disney’s Goofy, one of Mickey Mouse’s friends. What type of dog is he?

goofy-09Answer: The consensus is that Goofy is a Black and Tan Coonhound. (In case you wondering, there’s another cartoon Coonhound. Huckleberry Hound is a Blue Tick Coonhound.)

And this is Mickey’s… um… pet dog Pluto. Why Goofy is Mickey’s friend and can speak, and why Pluto is a pet and is mute will likely remain one of cartoon life’s enduring mysteries. Pluto is?

DSNY-SM-13Answer: Disney’s official response is that he’s a mixed breed. I wonder if he’s a rescue too?

Yet another favorite from my childhood: Mr. Peabody from The Bullwinkle Show. (The pic below is from the recent 3D animated feature.) What breed is he?

Mr-Peabody-and-Sherman-wallpaper-4Answer: Mr. Peabody is a Beagle.

Another one of the most famous Saturday morning cartoon dogs comes from The Wacky Races and The Perils of Penelope Pitstop. This is villain Dick Dastardly’s hench-dog, Muttley. What type of dog is Muttley?

muttley_okAnswer: The show’s producers Hanna and Barbera said Muttley was a mixed breed, but they did provide a lineage! He’s part Airedale, Bloodhound, Pointer, and indeterminate “hunting dog.” Muttley was famous for his wheezing snicker.

Ren of Ren and Stimpy is what type of dog?

ren_hoek_by_kurosama_76-d33njytAnswer: Chihuahua

Huckleberry Hound is what type of dog?


huckleberry hound urban dog

He’s probably some type of Southern Coon Hound. Complete with Southern accent.

I’ll finish my review of cartoon dogs with Underdog.

When criminals in this world appear
And break the laws that they should fear
And frighten all who see or hear
The cry goes up both far and near
For Underdog! Underdog! Underdog! Underdog!

What type of dog is this canine super-hero?

underdogAnswer: He’s another Beagle!

Categories: Cartoo

Sean Sheer

About Sean Sheer

Sean is a passionate dog lover and the proud owner of Urban Dog’s Official Spokes-Dog, Bodhi the Weimaraner. His family has always owned dogs, but Bodhi is the first he's been fully responsible for since puppyhood… and he couldn't be more doting.

As a longtime New Yorker of more than 20 years, Sean knows what a dog's and dog owner's lifestyle is like in NYC. Besides being a doggy dad and top dog at Urban Dog, Sean also has a "real job" experience as co-owner of a Palm Beach, Florida-based private investigative firm, and as a licensed (pet friendly) Real Estate Salesperson with Douglas Elliman in NYC.

Sean also exercised his creativity and business sense as an award-winning journalist, producer, TV marketing exec, and private investigator. When not blogging, working, or playing with Bodhi, he is an avid adventure traveler who has circumnavigated the world, bird-watched on all seven continents, safari-ed in Africa, and SCUBA-dived in exotic waters.


  • valusia walker

    Feb 4th

    Can’t believe I actually tried as hard as I could to guess the breed of cartoon dogs!! Thanks for the brain exercise. However, now I’m left pondering why could Goofy talk and Pluto couldn’t? Very interesting question.

    Loved your Bio Sean! Not only do you look like George Clooney, but your life sounds just as interesting as his.


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