5 Awesome Movie Dogs

Matt Formica
Matt Formica

Dec 09, 2014

For those of you that don't know, the SportLeash headquarters is based in Los Angeles - where the beautiful weather allows us to be out training (walking, hiking, running, skateboarding, biking, etc) with our best friends all the time.  We have to be outside with our dogs because we can't blame the weather for keeping us locked up!  

But LA is also the entertainment capital of the world and with all the filming going on here, it's not just us two-legged humans booking the roles - dogs are all over the big screen!  Here are 5 of our favorite movie dogs.

1.) Toto, from The Wizard of Oz - Terrier

Toto is probably the most classic movie dog of all time.  In the 1939 movie, Toto was played by a female brindle Cairn Terrier whose real name was Terry.  And get this ... Toto was reportedly paid $125 per week, which was far more than many of the human actors!  She clearly deserved every penny though, since The Wizard of Oz is one of the greatest movies of all time by any critic or viewer standards.  Not to mention, they would've never made it to Oz without Toto's keen canine sense!

2.) Buddy, from Air Bud - Golden Retriever

Buddy, the sports playing golden retriever, is one impressive movie dog.  He started off his baller movie career as the basketball star in the first Air Bud movie, but Buddy didn't stop there.  He then appeared in four more movies after that!

Movie #2 - Air Bud: Golden Receiver (1998) – Josh's golden retriever learns to play football.

Movie #3 - Air Bud: World Pup (2000) – Josh and Emma discover that Buddy's ballplaying skills apply to soccer.

Movie #4 - Air Bud: Seventh Inning Fetch (2002) – Buddy makes the baseball team and becomes a star player.

Movie #5 - Air Bud: Spikes Back (2003) – Buddy tackles volleyball.

    I mean, there isn't a sport Buddy can't play! ... Talk about the perfect dog for SportLeash - a total Super Athlete!

    3.) Beethoven, from Beethoven - Saint Bernard

    A true "family man" was Beethoven, the Saint Bernard from the movie "Beethoven" who's actual name was Chris (which I found pretty funny).  Despite a 31% rating from critics (they're a little too tough on movies anyway), Beethoven grossed over $142 million globally off an $18 million budget.  That is a whole lot of treats for Chris ladies and gents!

    4.) Lady /Tramp, from Lady and the Tramp - Cocker Spaniel and Mutt

    This Disney classic is the true Romeo and Juliet of dogs story.  Lady, a Cocker Spaniel from a sophisticated and cushy family life filled with love and treats galore meets and falls in love with a street mutt named Tramp, and the two embark on romantic adventures together, including one of the best spaghetti eating scenes of all time.  That's amore!  Ruff ruff!

    5.) Milo, from The Mask - Jack Russell Terrier


    My all time favorite movie dog hands down is Milo from The Mask.  Without Milo, Stanley Ipkiss (portrayed by the legendary Jim Carrey) would've never escaped from jail only to save the day and be the hero in the end.  "Not the cheese, Milo, the keys."  If you ask us, Milo was the real hero!

    (Other awesome movie dogs include Lassie from "Lassie", Shiloh from "Shiloh", Benji from "Benji", Otis from "The Adventures of Milo and Otis", Hooch from "Turner and Hooch", Marley from "Marley & Me", Chance and Shadow from "Homeward Bound" - what a great movie that was!, and Baxter from "Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy".

    There are so many great movie dogs out there.  What is your favorite?  Tell us by connecting with us @SportLeash on:

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