So who is the coolest dog in history?

  • January 17, 2010
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Well, according to a survey conducted by the American Kennel Club (AKC), it's  good ol' Snoopy!

The survey, conducted in celebration of the AKC’s 125th anniversary this year, brings together dogs  from diverse backgrounds for a look at how dogs have been woven into every aspect of culture (or at least, American culture!) from film and literature to sports and art.

Here are some of the survey results:

Top 10 Dogs in Pop Culture:

  1. Snoopy
  2. Texas A&M’s Mascot Reveille
  3. Scooby Doo
  4. Eddie from the TV show Frasier
  5. Pound Puppy toys
  6. Painting "Dogs Playing Poker"
  7. Song "How Much is that Doggie in the Window"
  8. Georgetown’s Jack the Bulldog
  9. The song "Who Let the Dogs Out"
  10. Brian Griffin from the animated TV show Family Guy
Top Dogs in Each Pop Culture Category:
Cartoons: Snoopy
Television:Eddie from Frasier
Literature:Clifford the Big Red Dog
Song: How Much is That Doggie in the Window
College Mascot: Texas A&M’s Reveille
Advertising Mascot:Bush’s Baked Beans’ "Duke"
Art/Fashion: Painting "Dogs Playing Poker"
Toys: Pound Puppies
Famous Dogs: The National Crime Prevention’s crime dog McGruff
A press release from the AKC identified certain results that it classed as "surprising" including:
  • Major Upsets – Pound Puppy toys (No. 5) and "Dogs Playing Poker" (No. 6) received more votes than old-time favorites Toto from the Wizard of Oz (No. 24), Benji (No. 27), and Rin Tin Tin (No. 46).
  • Political Dogs – Bo Obama captured the spotlight earlier this year but landed in the 42nd spot, yet still received more votes than Bill Clinton’s Buddy (No. 44), FDR’s Scottish Terrier Fala (No. 55) and even Richard Nixon’s Cocker Spaniel Checkers(No. 65).
  • Dogs Bark to a Different Tune – Patti Page’s 1953 song "How Much is That Doggie in the Window" came in at No. 7, while "Who Let the Dogs Out" (No. 9) by the Baha Men outranked Elvis’ Hound Dog (No. 22).
  • Newcomers Beat the Classics – Newcomer Brian Griffin, from the TV show Family Guy, landed in the top 10 (No. 10) while more classic animated dogs such as Huckleberry Hound (No. 38) and Underdog (No. 53) fell deeper down the list.
AKC experts created the initial list of pop culture dogs but then the results where determined by public survye conducted online from September 15 through December 14. In total, nearly 76,000 people voted.

I wonder how the result would be different if the poll had been conducted in Australia?

The complete ranking of AKC's Top 125 Dogs in Pop Culture can be found here.

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  1. I htink my dog Farely is the coolest dog in history! He does tricks, sleeps on my bed and watches TV with me.