TBT – Who Is The Greatest American Dog?

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TBT – Who Is The Greatest American Dog?

Tomorrow’s workday is about to get a whole lot better. Besides being a Friday, it’s also National Take Your Dog to Work Day! Your co-workers are much more appealing when they have their furry friends by their side. Plus, you can take extra breaks to walk your dog outside! In honor of our favorite pooches and Throwback Thursday, let’s remember some of America’s best dogs. While none of these animals can hold a candle to your best friend, it’s fun to reminisce about what made us fall in love with dogs in the first place.


No greatest dogs list would be complete with a mention of Lassie. Lassie is of the Rough Collie breed and is best known for her appearances in the novel “Lassie Come-Home” by Eric Knight and in the television series aptly named “Lassie.” The aforementioned novel was turned into a movie in 1943 with a dog named Pal playing the part of Lassie. Following the success of the film, Pal’s owner traveled across the country with her, delighting children and adults at rodeos and fairs. In fact, descendants of Pal herself continue to play Lassie today.


While Gidget probably isn’t a household name in the dog world, you may know her as the Taco Bell Chihuahua. From 1997-2000, Gidget was the star of the fast food chain’s popular advertisement in which “Yo  quiero Taco Bell” is “said” by an adorable Chihuahua. Gidget actually got lucky in landing her starring role in these commercials as another dog, named Dinky, was supposed to be the leading man, while Gidget was cast as his girlfriend. The director, however, made a decision to give Gidget her time to shine and the rest is history.


Toto is the adorable, loyal Cairn Terrier from “The Wizard of Oz.” Played by a dog named Terry, she never left Dorothy’s side on her quest to follow the yellow brick road in order to find the wizard himself. Terry appeared in 16 other films during her career, but “The Wizard of Oz” was her most famous role. Judy Garland, who played Dorothy in the film, became so attached to Terry that she wanted to adopt her. Terry’s owner, Carl Spitz, refused Garland’s offer, however. There is a memorial to Terry at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery in Los Angeles, CA.

Charlie Brown’s Dog, Snoopy

Although not an actual dog, there is no way Snoopy could be left off of a list of America’s greatest dogs. Charlie Brown’s beagle is one of the most recognizable characters from the “Peanuts” comic strip. We love him when he dances around, when he turns his dog house into a makeshift airplane, and when he’s too cool for school as Joe Cool. Charles Schulz, the artist behind “Peanuts,” was inspired by Spike, one of his childhood dogs, when he created Snoopy.

Rin Tin Tin

Rin Tin Tin may be the biggest star on this list, as his name is recognized internationally. A soldier rescued this German Shepherd from a World War I battlefield, named him Rinty, and trained him to be in films. He was successful in his endeavor and Rin Tin Tin went on to appear in 27 movies. His popularity not only urged more people to own German Shepherds, but it also increased Warner Bros. bottom line. The current Rin Tin Tin, Rin Tin Tin XII, appears at events to represent what his name stands for.


Who is your favorite famous dog?




Kirstin Wright
Kirstin Wright
Kirstin is an IT worker by day and a freelance writer by night. When not behind a computer screen, she can be found exploring one of central Florida's famous theme parks or embarking on a new adventure. You can read about her adventures at Fun Orlando Ideas!