The 11 Most-Lovable Dogs in TV History

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11 most-lovable TV dogs
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Snoopy from Charlie Brown

Charlie Brown‘s voiceless pooch has become one of TV’s most iconic dogs. How many other TV dogs can say they have their own float in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade?

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Lassie from Lassie

Premiering in 1954, Lassie stole the hearts of many Americans and is still recognized by younger generations today. Who knew that a small-time farm dog could garner such multitudes of love over the last six decades.

Shaggy and Scooby-Doo
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Scooby Doo from Scooby Doo, Where Are You!

Zoinks! When it came to crime solving Scooby Doo was the go-to great dane with an appetite for Scooby snacks. Sure the show gave us characters like Shaggy, Velma, Fred, and Daphne, but it would have been nothing without the title character.

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Stella from Modern Family

Just when we thought the Pritchett/Dunphy brood couldn’t get any bigger, viewers were introduced to Stella. This new addition to a Modern Family like theirs created a welcome distraction for the family patriarch Jay.


Brian from Family Guy

The Griffin clan definitely has their fair share of quirks, including their sophisticated and verbally advanced dog Brian. Best known for his shenanigans with baby of the family, Stewie, his sarcastic and cynical views of the world are in stark contrast to his fellow Griffins.

Eddie from Frasier - John Mahoney

Eddie from Frasier

Known as Martin Crane’s dog from Frasier, this talented pooch elicited more than a few laughs from his adoring audience. Eddie was the perfect sitcom dog that no one knew they needed until his debut in the ’90s.


Rin Tin Tin from The Adventures of Rin Tin Tin

From October 1954 to May 1959, this tough on crime German Shepard took down criminals on the ABC series. In the time of John Wayne and The Lone Ranger, Rin Tin Tin was the animal equivalent.

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Rowlf from The Muppet Show

Move over, Kermit, because there is another Muppet our heart loves, and that is Rowlf the dog. First appearing in the ’60s, Rowlf was best known for his antics as the piano player on The Muppet Show and has continued to capture young hearts through the years.

The Little Rascals - Petey

Petey from The Little Rascals

This classic pooch was best known for his iconic look featuring a near-perfect circle around his eye. What would The Little Rascals be without Petey?


Odie from Garfield and Friends

This lovable cartoon pup is one of Jon Arbuckle’s two pets, the other being Garfield. Unlike his best friend Garfield, Odie is an animal of few words, but makes up for it with his hilarious antics.

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Martin from Downward Dog

There comes a time when most pet owners wonder what their fluffy friends might be thinking, and Downward Dog‘s Martin has the ability to let us in on his thoughts. At the end of the day, Martin is just trying to find his way in the world, and doggone it, we can relate.

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When it comes to your favorite shows, sometimes it’s love at first pooch. For more than sixty years, some of these lovable dogs have appeared alongside their human counterparts and snuggled their way into viewers hearts.

Whether they’re silly, sarcastic, heroic, animated, or just downright adorable, these furry sidekicks are our favorites and make TV Insider’s list of 11 most-lovable TV dogs.