From Rin Tin Tin to Brian Griffin, dogs are a big part of television and major motion picture shows. Almost as certain is that there is one dog in your life that is iconic for your own personal reasons.
Rin Tin Tin, a German Shepherd, was the first of his kind; our nation’s first canine movie star. Dog rescue was prevalent even during World War I and that is exactly how Lee Duncan got Rin Tin Tin from Germany to the U.S. and became his trainer. This rescue dog then went on to make 22 movies. He was so prevalent in the market that he even signed his own contracts by stamping them with his paw print. German Shepherds make good pets as proven by their performance on stage where they listen to commands at least 95% of the time. Not only are German Shepherds good as actors, they also make good therapy dogs and excellent military dogs; in fact many German Shepherds save countless lives of the soldiers that they serve with. These dogs are brave, sturdy and dependable; also super loyal and intelligent.
There are very few people that do not know who Lassie is. In fact, many children think that a Collie is actually a ‘Lassie.’ This dog appeared in his first major motion picture clear back in 1943 and has been onscreen for the 60 years since. Six male dogs played the part on TV even though Lassie was supposed to be a female dog. Collies are loyal and affectionate, graceful and elegant.
The Beagle has become extremely popular, a very popular dog in the United States, since the likes of Snoopy from the Peanuts gang; the cartoon developed by Charles M. Schultz. Since 1950 the cartoons were printed. Later cartoons for children were put onto television and then in 1980 Snoopy appeared in MetLife ads as a corporate mascot. These hounds are hunters and have been in existence since the 1500s.
Then, a personal favorite, is Scooby Doo, a Great Dane that solves mysteries with the Hanna-Barbera gang since 1969. Over the past 43 years Scooby has thrilled children of all ages with both cartoons and live performers playing the roles of the ‘kids.’ Great Danes are known as “gentle giants” and commonly referred to as the “king of the dogs.” They are friendly, have an energetic personality and yet are very elegant.
Beethoven, the St. Bernard , appearing on film since 1992, had five sequels to the original. These dogs are intelligent and strong, gentle and dignified. They have worked for people since their inception in Switzerland.
Brian Griffin, the Labrador Retriever, appearing for the past 10 seasons on Family Guy is a more modern-day icon. Labradors are gentle and intelligent. Labs are the most popular breed in the United States and are utilized as therapy dogs and law enforcement search-and-rescue dogs.
Although these dog breeds are the ones that have been chosen as media icons, any dog – even a mixed breed – can be your very own personal icon. Dogs provide constant love and companionship; are fiercely loyal. People would be worse-for-the-wear if they did not have iconic canines in their lives!