Last updated June 7th 2022
Walt Disney has dedicated numerous movies to man's best friend: Old Yeller, The Shaggy Dog, 101 Dalmatians, just to name a few. Disney's most famous dog is undoubtedly Mickey Mouse's pal Pluto (formerly known as Rover).
There are many Disney pooches to choose from (See The Definitive Disney Dogs List), but we limited this top 10 list to characters from animated Disney movies:
CopperMovie: The Fox and the Hound
Personality: Brave, playful, friendly
Name meaning / origin: the color of the metal copper, which is from the Latin "Cuprum", meaning "from the island of Cyprus"
PongoMovie: 101 Dalmatians
Personality: Bold, mischievous, loving
Name meaning / origin: in British military slang, a pongo is a soldier; the slang likely originates from the Congolese "mpongo", which denotes a genus of apes comprising the orangutans
DodgerMovie: Oliver and Company
Breed: Jack russell terrier
Personality: Clever, cool, confident
Name meaning / origin: inspired by the character of the Artful Dodger from Charles Dickens's "Oliver Twist", so named for his skill and cunning as a pickpocket
Personality: Protective, kind, sympathetic
Name meaning / origin: derived from the German "brun", simply meaning "brown"
Breed: German shepherd
Personality: Cheerful, determined, heroic
Name meaning / origin: from the Old English word meaning "arrow", denoting speed
TrustyMovie: Lady and the Tramp
Personality: Clumsy, sweet, chatty
Name meaning / origin: from the word "trust" (Old Norse meaning "strong"), denoting reliability, dependability
TobyMovie: The Great Mouse Detective
Breed: Basset hound
Personality: Playful, helpful, friendly
Name meaning / origin: variant of Tobias, the Greek form of the Hebrew Tobiah, meaning "God is good"
LadyMovie: Lady and the Tramp
Breed: Cocker spaniel
Personality: Sweet, loyal, ladylike
Name meaning / origin: from the Old English word, meaning "female head of a household"
PennyMovie: 101 Dalmatians
Personality: Sweet, responsible, alert
Name meaning / origin: pet form of the Greek Penelope, meaning "weaver"
MaxMovie: The Little Mermaid
Personality: Playful, loyal, intelligent
Name meaning / origin: short form of the Latin Maximilian, meaning "greatest"