These top 10 dogs in literature embody the best characteristics of man’s best friend: companionship, unflagging love, and loyalty.
1. Lassie from Lassie Come-Home by Eric Knight
Lassie is perhaps the most famous Collie in history, thanks to Eric Knight’s creation of this gentle, loyal companion of Young Joe Carraclough.
2. Toto from The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum
What would Kansas or the wonderful world of Oz be without Toto, a Cairn Terrier, by Dorothy’s side?
3. Clifford from Clifford the Big Red Dog by Norman Bridwell
Introduced all the way back in 1963, children still recognize and love today this Big Red Dog.
4. Fang from Harry Potter by J. K. Rowling
Fang is Hagrid’s large (and often scared) pet dog.
5. White Fang from White Fang by Jack London
Weedon Scott befriends and gains back the trust of this three quarters wolf and one quarter dog.
6. Pongo from The Hundred and One Dalmatians by Dodie Smith
The father of 15 Dalmatian puppies, Pongo must find his pack (and many others) after Cruella de Vil kidnaps them.
7. Buck from The Call of the Wild by Jack London
Speaking of being kidnapped, this St. Bernard-Scotch Shepherd mix endures mistreatment as an enslaved sled dog. But in the end things turn around thanks to his determination and the help of a kind human.
8. Old Yeller from Old Yeller by Fred Gipson
A Labrador Retriever–Mastiff mix, Old Yeller love his human family so much that he protects them from all kinds of wild animals—and pays the ultimate price in the end.
9. Nana from Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie
Nana is known as the world’s first Newfoundland nanny.
10. Argos from The Odyssey by Homer
One of the first dogs to be recorded in Western literature, Argos waits for Odysseus to return home from his epic journey.
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