5. Scooby-Doo – Scoobert “Scooby” Doo first captured the hearts of Americans in the 1969 animated television series Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! More than 40 years later, you can still see the affable Great Dane, along with his lifelong companion Shaggy Rogers, on Cartoon Network. Episodes of the original animated series are available to watch on Direct.TV Cinema.
Fun Fact: Fred Silverman, the former head of children’s programming at CBS, came up with the dog’s name from the syllables in Frank Sinatra’s popular 1966 song “Strangers in the Night.”
4. Snoopy– On October 4, 1950, Snoopy made his first appearance as Charlie Brown’s pet dog in the comic strip Peanuts. Today, he is one of the most identifiable comic characters in the world. Snoopy made his television debut in the 1965 animated special, A Charlie Brown Christmas.
Fun Fact: Snoopy was a silent character for the first two years of his existence. On May, 27, 1952, he began verbalizing his thoughts to readers for the first time using thought bubbles.
3. Eddie – Eddie Crane was a staple of the long-running NBC sitcom Frasier. The Jack Russell Terrier became infamous for his hilarious staring contests with Frasier, which became a running gag on the show. Eddie was played by Moose (My Dog Skip) and later by his son, Enzo.
Fun Fact: During the peak of Frasier’s popularity, Moose received more fan mail than any of the show’s human cast members.
2. Rin Tin Tin – You’d be hard pressed to find a better rag-to-riches story than Rin Tin Tin’s. The world’s most famous German Shepherd was found by American solider Lee Duncan in a dilapidated dog kennel during World War I. Rin Tin Tin went on to star in 23 Hollywood films, including Clash of the Wolves, Tiger Rose and The Lightning Warrior.
Fun Fact: Rin Tin Tin’s big break into film came when he filled in for an uncooperative wolf in the 1922 film The Man From Hell’s River.
1. Lassie – Who else would top the list? Lassie first appeared in the public eye in the 1943 feature film Lassie Come Home. Since then, the collie has been the star of more than a dozen movies and television films.
Fun Fact: Although Lassie’s character is female, all collies to play Lassie have been male. Male collies have a thicker summer coat, which enhances their appearance on camera.