Dogs in Popular Culture

Dogs are a huge part of our culture and our lives. It’s not surprising they have found their way into our literature and stories. Here are just a few of the dogs in todays popular culture


This little dog is from the Wizard of Oz. Toto was Dorothy’s dog that got swept into the Land of Oz with Dorothy when a tornado swept through their home in Kansas. Toto was a feisty travel companion who remained loyal to Dorothy all the way through the film. He also got to go home with her at the end.

Taco Bell Dog

The iconic dog of Taco Bell is actually a female Chihuahua named Gidget. Her likeness and commercials were instantly recognizable to a generation to TV watchers and Taco Bell lovers.

Rin Tin Tin

Rin Tin Tin was a German Shepherd dog that had his own TV show! Rin Tin Tin was in the same line of character as Lassie, saving the day and rescuing the hero.


Everyone knows and loves Lassie. This instantly recognizable collie had her own TV show where she continuously rescued her family’s young son. He seemed to be constantly getting himself into scrapes that required the dogs help. Lassie was played by many dogs over the years.

Scoobie Doo

Scoobie Doo is the dopey great dane that is part of a crime solving band of misfits. He and his close buddy Shaggy always seemed to be screwing up the investigations, and yet they always were the ones to stumble on the evidence the led to the solving of each case.

Brian from Family Guy

Brian is the depressed dog from the TV show Family Guy. Brian was highly intelligent, but also highly tortured. His vast intellect seemed to only remind him that he was surrounded by idiots. The only character that could rival Brian for smarts was the toddler Stewie. He and Stewie were clearly the brains of the TV family.