First off, let me start by saying these are my personal favorites as told by my eight-year-old self. So, if you have an issue with any of my choices, go talk to eight-year-old me. I hear he hangs out at the park after school.
10. Patch – 101 Dalmatians
Patch makes the list at number 10 because, just like eight-year-old Griff, he is never sleepy. Patch is the fearless pup who tells Pongo and Perdita of the terrible thing Cruella is going to do. He also likes to play wrestle with his siblings, which is a cool doggy thing to do.
9. Max – The Little Mermaid
Alright, I realize it’s not the manliest movie out there, but Max is one of the best sidekicks in any Disney movie. He is the right-hand dog of Prince Eric and is always there to save the day. He even senses the danger when Ursula takes human form and growls at her! Good dog, Max.
8. Sparky – Frankenweenie
Sparky is one of the newer additions to the Disney family, and while eight-year-old Griff is slightly afraid of this dog, he knows it’s a must have on the list. Sparky is a loyal pup whose untimely death didn’t stop his owner, Victor, from reviving the awesome dog.
7. Dodger – Oliver and Company
Dodger is the coolest of the dogs on our list. According to Disney, “He is street-smart, witty, confident, proud, calm, sly, cool, kind, and crafty and is also Oliver‘s best friend since he doesn’t eat cats because of ‘too much fur.'”
6. Slinky Dog – Toy Story 1, 2 and 3
Slinky Dog, or “Slink,” is an awesome checkers-playing dog loyal to Woody. Voiced by the terrific Jim Varney (Ernest movies) in Toy Story 1 & 2, Slinky is always there to lend his stretching ability to the gang and help them get out of trouble.
5. Copper – The Fox and the Hound
Copper shows us how two unlikely friends can end up being best buds. Copper and his fox pal, Tod, depict the ups and downs of friendship throughout the movie. Eight-year-old Griffin was very upset that they couldn’t end up as friends, but was happy both survived.
4. Goofy – Disney Classic
I bet some of you are wondering, why is Goofy so low on the list? Well, it’s because Goofy never really seemed like a dog. I mean, eight-year-old Griff understood he was a dog, but he acted more like a human in the Disney realm. Therefore, while he is still super awesome, he lands at number 4 on my list.
3. Toby – The Great Mouse Detective
Ok, I know I will catch some flack for this one, but in my mind, Toby rules. He totally owns his small role in The Great Mouse Detective. His owner, Basil of Baker Street, uses Toby as a tracking dog and a form of transportation. Toby is heroic, smart, and loves to lick everyone, except David Q. Dawson. He doesn’t seem to like him as much.
2. Pluto – Disney Classic
Pluto is the Disney classic for dogs. According to Disney, “Pluto is unusual for a character in Mickey’s world, in that he is not anthropomorphized beyond showing an unusually broad range of facial expressions; he is actually represented as a normal dog.” I like Pluto because as a kid, he was the first Disney dog I remember. He is also Mickey’s best pal, which is pretty cool.
1. Dug – Up
My number one dog is Dug. He epitomizes what it means to be a loyal and heroic companion, saving the lives of Carl, Russell, and Kevin. Dug is one of the greatest animated dogs of all time in my opinion, and his spirit and optimism are admirable. Eight-year-old Griffin loves the fact that he can talk and likes squirrels.
I’m sure you the reader have your own favorites or some I left off, such as the dogs from Lady and the Tramp, Bolt, and others. Leave your favorite in the comments or on Facebook but please, be nice. Remember, it’s what your eight-year-old self would want.