Mutt Madness: Which Universities Have Real Dogs as Mascots?

With March Madness upon us, I think it's pertinent that we take a look at the long, illustrious list of live dog mascots at America's colleges and universities!

Reveille VIII - Texas A&M University

[caption id="attachment_11015" align="alignnone" width="576"]pg2_a_tammascot_576 Did you know that Reveille is actually the highest ranking member of the Corps of Cadets?[/caption]



Dubs - University of Washington

[caption id="attachment_11018" align="alignnone" width="400"]IMG_1885 Dubs is actually an Alaskan Malamute, not a Husky![/caption]



Smokey X - University of Tennessee

[caption id="attachment_11022" align="alignnone" width="680"]1380223752010-Smokey The use of a dog named Smokey as the Vols mascot celebrated its 60th birthday in 2013![/caption]



Zeke the Wonder Dog - Michigan State University

[caption id="attachment_11023" align="alignnone" width="500"]Football vs. Illinois Zeke is the only non-human to receive a varsity letter at Michigan State![/caption]



Bully the Bulldog - Mississippi State University

[caption id="attachment_11024" align="alignnone" width="650"]Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl - Mississippi State v Wake Forest When the first Bully's life was cut short by an accident, the campus observed days of mourning, a half-mile funeral procession and burial under the bench at the 50-yard line.[/caption]



Handsome Dan - Yale University

[caption id="attachment_11025" align="alignnone" width="641"]handsome-dan Yale was the first university in the United States to adopt a mascot, a tradition starting back in 1889.[/caption]



Blue III - Butler University

[caption id="attachment_11026" align="alignnone" width="650"]Butler Blue III Butler Blue has his own van and even a children's book titled after him named "Good Boy, Blue!"[/caption]



Uga IX - University of Georgia

[caption id="attachment_11028" align="alignnone" width="620"]Uga-VIII Uga’s jerseys are custom-made each season from the same material used for the players’ jerseys![/caption]



Jack - Georgetown University

[caption id="attachment_11029" align="alignnone" width="631"]Jack Georgetown Some say it is possible that the team was named for the dog, Hoya, who was in turn named for the traditional cheer.[/caption]



Duke Dog - James Madison University

[caption id="attachment_11030" align="alignnone" width="440"]jmu-dog When Duke Dog debuted in 1973, he wore a crown and regal purple-and-gold cape.[/caption]



Jonathan XIV - University of Connecticut

[caption id="attachment_11031" align="alignnone" width="620"]larger-jonathan-xiv-courtesy-uconn1 UCONN has had a live mascot since 1935. The dog was named Jonathan after Colonial Gov. Jonathan Trumbull.[/caption]



Tuffy - North Carolina State University

[caption id="attachment_11032" align="alignnone" width="693"]14-tuffy Tuffy is a Tamaskan Dog that originated from Finland. Although they have the appearance of a wolf, they actually contain no recent wolf ancestry.[/caption]



Diesel - Northern Illinois University

[caption id="attachment_11049" align="alignnone" width="641"]131114130110-northern-illinois-mascot-diesel-single-image-cut After 9 years of service as the mascot, Diesel retired after the 2013 season. He was honored alongside the seniors at NIU's Senior Day. A husky named Mission will take Diesel's place next season.[/caption]



Scotty - Carnegie Melon University

[caption id="attachment_11050" align="alignnone" width="397"]screen-shot-2012-03-20-at-4-31-37-pm After speaking at commencement in 2007, comedian and canine enthusiast Bill Cosby was inspired to give Carnegie Mellon its first live mascot, Scotty![/caption]



Bruiser - Adrian College

[caption id="attachment_11051" align="alignnone" width="650"]wall-bruiser1920x1200 Bruiser was born in Oklahoma and is one of the newest mascots on our list. He debuted at Adrian College in 2009.[/caption]



Rocky - UNC Asheville

[caption id="attachment_11052" align="alignnone" width="387"]002177189 Rocky is a rescued Victorian Bulldog. UNC Asheville had four previous bulldogs who served as the mascot from 1948 to the early 1980s.[/caption]



Vic and Tory - Eastern New Mexico University

[caption id="attachment_11053" align="alignnone" width="400"]VicTory Vic and Tory are both rescue greyhounds. They were adopted by ENMU in December 2009.[/caption]


Main image source.

Hope Bobbitt

8 years ago

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