Tony Knight Dog Listener

Top 5 Cartoon Dogs - do you agree?

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Hi there, it's beginning to look a lot like Christmas (as the song goes) and silly season is well and truly upon us with only days to go. With that in mind, I thought we could have a bit of fun with one of those lists that you see on that internet they've got these days. I present my own Top 5 Animated Dogs.

I've based my list on a few criteria, but mainly on how much I have enjoyed watching them. Before I begin, I would like to give an honorable mention to Wile E. Coyote, who although not technically a dog (but then again are any of them?) has had me crying with laughter over the years. I still have not seen any documentary footage of him finally getting the roadrunner but you have to admire his tenacity (if not his intelligence - who prods a huge pile of boulders from underneath them?!).

OK, let's dive straight into my Top 5. See if you agree with me on any of these:


Roobarb makes the list mainly for the theme tune. He may also be responsible for my bias for dogs and "respect" for cats. No matter what he did, Custard the cat - and his gang of birds - would laugh at Roobarb. Mind you, he tried some crazy stunts... Voiced by the wonderful Richard Briers, together with a wibbly-wobbly style of animation that meant they never stood still, Roobarb always brings a smile to my face.

Watch this – you’ll see what I mean about the theme tune…


To be honest, it was nearly a toss-up between Gromit and Odie for the title of best non-speaking dog. Garfield’s housemate has made me laugh over the years, but he can’t drive a car, let alone knit, run multiple businesses or have such a wide range of expressions using only his eyebrows. By the way, I am sure that is why I prefer dogs to cats (who have one-dimensional faces – a bit like those “Real” Housewives.

The title of Man’s Best Friend gets severely tested sometimes…


While we are on the subject of canines with incredible abilities, Muttley can co-pilot a racing car, fly a plane and – let’s not forget – levitate by twirling his tail. Dogs need a good reason to do something; in Muttley’s case, he did what he did for medals. Plus, he had the best laugh on TV (with the exception maybe of Ricky Gervais).

I personally think that he and the pigeon were in it together…


I can’t do many impressions, but I have Droopy nailed. Ask me to do it if we meet in person… Droopy is part of the wild and wacky world of Tex Avery that is still as funny today as it was 70 years ago. Surreal, anarchic and often ridiculous, this mild-mannered pooch often drove his adversaries insane with his “dogged” tenacity and underwhelmed persona.

This 1946 classic shows that you should never underestimate a Canadian…


Brian is a deep and intellectual individual (in his own mind). The fact that he also has the hots for his best friend’s wife, has a human son, travels through time with an evil toddler and has even come back from the dead makes him as remarkable as he is funny. Brian has even sung with the legendary Frank Sinatra….’s son.

Click here to enjoy some of Brian’s wit and wisdom:

Do you agree with my selection? Maybe you think another cartoon canine deserves a mention. I do realise that my selection was heavily Anglo/American, so maybe there's another country that should be represented. I hope you enjoyed watching the clips too - I know I did :)


All the best,

P.S. There will be a big announcement right at the start of 2018 which will kick off a huge year for yours truly. It should be an exciting 12 months so stay tuned...