Famous dogs and their breeds

Here is a selection of some dogs inscribed forever in the collective memory, whether they are from fiction or whether they really existed.


The boy’s loyal friend in the saga that bears their names, Belle and Sébastien , is sometimes wrongly described as a Saint Bernard . However, its appearance is closer to that of a Pyrenean Mountain Dog , or Patou.

Born on the same day as Sébastien , who lost his mother when he came into the world, she accompanies him wherever he goes since he saved her life when the villagers were chasing her.

Let’s not forget little Poutchi , the tiny doggie that Sébastien always keeps in his jacket pocket. Adorable and full of energy, he is recognizable by his very full dress and his long hanging ears. His race is not specified.


Paradoxically, the most famous of the female Colleys has always been performed by males on television. The reason given by the producers of the series is that the bitches shed more hair and therefore cannot show up with their best dresses on shoots throughout the year.

The character, created by the novelist Eric Knight in 1940, is therefore a Collie with extraordinary loyalty and intelligence . It was made famous by the television series filmed from 1954 to 1974, then its sequel ( The New Adventures of Lassie ) from 1989 to 1992.


The canine character of the series of black and white westerns (1954-1959) is directly inspired by a dog that really existed. Moreover, some of the descendants of the historic Rintintin have held this role in television productions.

This German Shepherd had been taken in by an American soldier in France when he was still a very young puppy . He had survived the bombardment of a kennel in Flirey , in Meurthe-et-Moselle, at the end of the First World War . In the United States, Rintintin has chained the shows where he displayed his great agility .

Dog actor, he has his star on Hollywood Boulevard .

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Despite his small size and apparent vulnerability, this all-white wire-haired Fox Terrier (a rather rare characteristic in reality) does not lack either liveliness or cunning. His intuition also allows him to sense the dangers that threaten his master reporter.

The inseparable friend of Tintin and Captain Haddock accompanies them throughout their adventures all over the world. Stories cleverly put together and drawn by Hergé ( Georges Rémi , 1907-1983) in albums and cartoons that have marked childhood and youth in many generations.


His exaggeratedly large nose and his gait do not suit this image which Morris ( Maurice de Bevere , 1923-2001), the creator of Lucky Luke , has affined. Mocked by Jolly Jumper , the cowboy’s horse who pulled faster than his shadow, he completes this trio tirelessly pursuing the Dalton .


With his master Charlie Brown , he is one of the two main protagonists of the very famous comic strip Peanuts , the work of the American Charles M. Schulz (1922-2000).

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His story, brought to the screen in 1987 by Seijiro Koyama ( Hachiko Monogatari ) and Lasse Hallström in 2009 ( Hatchi ), has moved many people in Japan and around the world.

Born on November 10, 1923 and died on March 8, 1935, this Akita Inu used to wait for his master outside Shibuya station in Tokyo . But one day, he never returned, because he died at work, which did not prevent Hachiko from waiting in the same place for the next 7 years .


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