Just like the Princesses and Villains have their own franchise, the Disney Dogs are now a business entity, in their own right. The Disney Dogs are one of the most eclectic groups of characters within the Disney universe, representing hundreds of different sizes, shapes, and breeds, and sporting a broad array of personalities and character traits.
With so many Disney Dogs to choose from, we decided to give you our top five favorite Disney Dogs, as well as some fascinating trivia about these canine companions. There are so many dogs in the Disney-verse (consider alone the pup-count in 101 Dalmatians!) that we have also included an exhaustive list of every Disney Dog at the bottom of this page, for your information.
Many of us have grown up watching these adorable pooches, so it’s time to celebrate the pups that bring life to so many Disney films. Countdown with us as we look at the top five dogs to grace our screens…
Nana is a gentle Saint Bernard who appears in Disney’s 1953 film Peter Pan.
Not only is she one of the most kind and caring companions, but she has even taken on the role of nursemaid to the children of the Darling house, caring for them as if they are her own puppies. For this reason, Nana is a cherished member of the Darling family and has made our top five for her big heart and benevolent nature.
Lady is an American Cocker Spaniel, and is the house pet of Jim Dear and Darling, and is the leading lady of Disney’s 1955 film Lady and the Tramp.
With a demure and sophisticated nature, Lady is ladylike to the core, and is loyal to her family and friends. While she can be naive, she can also be brave when they are under threat.
Lady is so special and unique, she even makes a cameo in Once Upon a Time as a customer in an Italian restaurant, making her important enough to place fourth on our list!
Goofy takes out the number three spot on our list for being such an important part of Disney culture.
No Mickey Mouse episode would feel the same without this loveable, anthropomorphic dog with his unique laugh and Southern drawl. Originally known as Dippy Dawg, Goofy’s eccentricity brings a unique flavour to Mickey’s world and a raw optimism that we love.
Buster is a brown miniature dachshund who is loyal and friendly to the toys he resides with, making him the second best Disney dog on our list.
Given to Andy as a Christmas present, Buster comes to have an important role on the Toy Story series, as we watch him grow old during Andy’s transition into adulthood. In the earlier films, Buster is vibrant and energetic, and is one of the only non-human characters who is aware that the toys can talk.
In Toy Story 3, Buster makes his final appearance as an old dog who has gone grey and put on weight. He is too aged to help Woody and his friends but continues to remain friends with the toys.
Pluto is number one our list, because of his loyalty to the Mickey Mouse gang, and for his long-standing service to the Disney canon – appearing in hundreds of films, shorts, comics and television episodes.
Also known as Pluto the Pup, Pluto was created in 1930 as Goofy’s pet, and remains as one of the ‘Sensational Six’ – the biggest stars in the Disney-verse. Although he does not speak, Pluto certainly makes his presence known.
- Some of Lady’s puppy whimpering and Tramp’s growls and snarls in The Lady and the Tramp were recycled for other movies such as Old Yeller and One Hundred and One Dalmatians
- Pongo from One Hundred and One Dalmatians appears in Once Upon a Time as Archie Hopper’s dog
- Perdita in One Hundred and One Dalmatians was originally voiced by Lisa Davis who voiced Anita, however, Lisa moved during production, so the remainder was voiced by Cate Bauer
- Tramp from Lady and the Tramp is probably a schnauzer
- Pluto spoke once, during “Kiss Me” in Moose Hunt
- Perdita is Italian for ‘loss’, a reference to the books that One Hundred and One Dalmatians was based on, where Pongo loses the mother of the puppies before remarrying Perdita
- In The Lady and the Tramp, Jock calls Lady “lassie” to show the substantial age difference between the two
- Jock is voiced by Bill Thompson who voiced several other characters in The Lady and the Tramp as well as “Smee” from Peter Pan
- Goofy is the only character from the Mickey Mouse gang to not have a nephew or niece, and is the only one to have a confirmed wife
- Trusty in The Lady and the Tramp was originally to be killed by the wagon, but Disney decided not to have the Bambi-like trauma and instead opted for him to be injured as a result of the accident
- Persephone from Frankenweenie is based on Bride of Frankenstein
- At the end of Aladdin, when Genie is freed, he wears a Goofy hat
- After Lady breaks out from the doghouse, she doesn’t speak again during the film
- Percy from Pocahontas was named after the English colonist George Percy, and was originally created to be a speaking character
- Max did not feature in the Broadway adaptation of The Little Mermaid
- Goofy makes a cameo in The Little Mermaid, which has become a well-known Disney ‘easter egg’
- Only three dog are owned by Disney Princesses – Bruno, Percy and Little Brother
- Doug from Up can be seen as a plush in Boo’s Room in the Monsters Inc. comic book series
- Percy from Pocahontas was named after the English colonist George Percy
- Originally, Nana was to follow the children to Neverland in Peter Pan, as well as narrate the film
- In Toy Story 3, Buster’s ears are considerably longer than in previous films
- During the end credits of Bolt, can be seen a real life version of the character of Bolt
The Disney Dogs
- Max Goof
- Fifi the Peke
- Pluto Junior
- Dinah the Dachshund
- Butch the Bulldog
- Pluto's Kid Brother
- Toliver the St. Bernard
- Alvin and Millie
- Arizona Goof
Feature Length Animated Films
- The Stray Dogs
- Hunter Dogs
- Dalmatian Puppies
- Lil' Lightning
- The Collie
- The Labrador
- Waylon and Floyd
- Granny Rose
- Slinky Dog
- Little Brother
- Old Yeller
- The Shaggy Dog
- Duke and Turk
- Big Red
- Santa Paws
- Eddy the Elf Dog
- El Diablo
- Cosmo the Spacedog
We hope you enjoyed this list of our top five Disney Dogs, as well as this complete list of all of the Disney Dogs!