Guess What Breeds These Cartoon Dogs Are

Cartoon Dog Breeds: What Type of Dog is Scooby-Doo?

Ever since I was a little kid, I’ve liked cartoons, comics, and animation. Recently I was doing some research online and came across a series called Dogs in a Park. It’s an animated sketch series that lets you inside the thoughts of the dogs of the Tompkins Square Park dog run in the East Village. (You can watch the series here.) This got me thinking about famous cartoon dogs. The first thing I asked myself is: “What type of dog is Scooby-Doo?” Here is what I found out. See if you can guess what each dog’s breed is.

What Type of Dog is Scooby-Doo?

Scooby-Doo is 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-Doo?

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Answer: Scooby is probably the most famous Great Dane in popular media, though I think Marmaduke fans would likely quibble over that.

What Type of Dog is Dug?


Dug from the Disney film Up is one of my all-time favorite animated dogs.

What type of dog is Dug?

Answer: Golden Retriever

What Type of Dog is Astro?

Up next: Astro from The Jetsons.

What type of dog is Astro?

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

What Type of Dog is Brian?

Here’s the Family Guy’s Brian. Next to Stewie, he’s my favorite character from the show.

What type of dog is Brian?

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

What Type of Dog is Jake?

Jake from Adventure Time, one of the best animated series of recent memory.

What type of dog is Jake?

Answer: English Bulldog. I guess I can kinda see that with the jowls.

What Type of Dog is Santa’s Little Helper?

The Simpsons adopted their dog when he came in last at the racetrack and was abandoned by his owner. That should give you a clue as to what type of dog he is.

What type of dog is Santa’s Little Helper?

Answer: Greyhoud


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

What Type of Dog is Bandit?

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.

What type of dog is Bandit?



Answer: English Bulldog.

What Type of Dog is Gromit?

“I’m just crackers about cheese!”

Another personal favorite is Gromit from the British Wallace and Gromit series.

Any idea what type of dog is Gromit?


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Answer:  Wallace says Gromit’s a Beagle. He would know.

What Type of Dog is Goofy?

Let’s travel back to the early days of cartoon dogs and meet one of Mickey Mouse’s friends, Goofy.

What type of dog is Goofy?

goofy-09Answer: The consensus is that Goofy is a Black and Tan Coonhound.

What Type of Dog is Pluto?

And this is Mickey’s pet dog Pluto. I’ve always wondered why Goofy can talk, walk upright and is Mickey’s friend… and why Pluto can only bark, walk on all fours, and is Mickey’s pet. I guess that will likely remain one of cartoon life’s enduring mysteries.

What type of dog is Pluto?

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

What Type of Dog is Mr. Peabody?

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

What type of dog is Mr. Peabody?

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

What Type of Dog is Muttley?

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?

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

What Type of Dog is Ren?

Here’s Ren of Ren and Stimpy.

What type of dog is Ren?

What type of dog is Scooby-Doo?Answer: Chihuahua

What Type of Dog is Underdog?

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 Underdog?

underdogAnswer: He’s another Beagle!

To check out more cartoon dogs, read our post: Cartoon Dogs… The Sequel!





  1. 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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