Disney DogsOver the years, Disney has produced numerous films that feature dogs as the main characters, both animated and non-animated. Disney has had a huge impact on the types of dogs people have in their home, but where did it all begin? Well, it started with the man himself, Walt Disney.

Walt Disney had a dog named Lady who was a poodle. Lady was re-invented into a Cocker Spaniel (also named Lady) in the famous Lady and the Tramp, which was released in 1955. An oldie but a goodie, this animated character closely resembled the real “Lady” owned by Walt Disney.

Reaching out towards an older audience in 1957, Disney released Old Yeller. This story, revolving around a young boy and his stray dog, is the epitome of “man’s best friend.” It is widely regarded as one of the best dog movies of all time.

With the success of Old Yeller came many more stories of the bond between man and dog, including White Fang and Iron Will. White Fang (1991) exemplifies man’s relationship with his best friend as they travel through all the obstacles the wild has to offer. Iron Will (1994) follows a young man on his journey through a cross country dog sled race after trying to be the sole breadwinner following his fathers death.

Another popular movie that has been remade numerous times is 101 Dalmatians. One Hundred and One Dalmatians was the tenth highest grossing film of 1961, and one of the studio’s most popular films of the decade. In 1996, Glen Close gave the film new life when the non-animated version was released. It was so popular, 102 Dalmatian’s was released a few years later in 2000.

More recently, Disney has started featuring “pocket pups,” moving away from the labs, wolf mixes and mutts, and focusing on smaller dogs like yorkies and chihuahuas. No matter what the breed, Disney has obviously had a huge influence on dog ownership over the years. It’s very important to remember, however, to do your homework before getting a new dog to make sure the breed you are considering is a good fit for you and your family. What you see on screen is not always reality.

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