6 Famous Dogs of History (Slideshow)


Behind every great man, there’s a great dog. Er, well, not quite — but there sure are some fascinating examples of heroic, loyal and intelligent dogs throughout history. From the dogs who saved a village from disease to the dog who stopped an assassination attempt, click through to read about some truly inspiring dogs.

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1. Hachiko, the Dog Who Was Loyal to the End

Hidesaburo Ueno, Hachiko’s human companion, would meet with his beloved pooch every day after work at Toyko’s Shibuya station. That is, until Ueno passed away suddenly and never returned to the train station. Until his own death nine years later, Hachiko would wait patiently at the train station for Ueno. That’s a truly loyal dog!


2. Balto & Togo, The Dogs Who Saved a Village

When an outbreak of diphtheria threatened the remote village of Nome, Alaska, it couldn’t have been worse timing. The last ship of the year had just set sail, and the area’s only doctor did not have enough medicine to treat the serious and highly contagious condition. So the Board of Health had no other option — they had to send the medicine via sled dogs. The team of dogs and humans raced against the clock, completing the 674 mile journey in just five and a half days, a record that has never been beaten to this day. Balto and Togo were both team leaders, though Balto received considerably more fame.


3. Checkers, the Pooch That Saved (or Hurt?) Nixon’s Political Career

During his run for Vice President in 1952, President Nixon became engulfed in controversy over his acceptance of private donations — including Checkers, a black and white Cocker Spaniel. He addressed 60 million people on television about the controversy, and included a 60-second mention of his pooch. The emotional speech resonated with the public — and Nixon was kept on the VP ticket. However, some historians believe the nature of his speech may have contributed to his loss in 1960.

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4. Bobbie the Wonderdog, The Dog Who Traveled 2,800 Miles Home

In 1923, Bobbie and his family left their home in Silverton, Oregon and went on a road trip. Somehow, while in Indiana, the dog became separated from the family and, though they searched high and low, was thought to be gone for good. Not quite. Bobbie showed up on their doorstep — 2,800 miles away — six months later. After his return, Bobbie became a national celebrity, even playing himself in a silent film!

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5. Pompey, The Pug Who Foiled An Assassination Attempt

William the Silent was not a well-liked guy. As the main leader of the Dutch Revolt against the Spanish, the Prince of Orange was a target for assassination. One night, when the Prince was asleep in his tent, his loyal companion, Pompey the pug, heard assassins creeping towards them. He barked, scratched, and jumped on the Prince to alert him, and, in the end, save him from death.

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6. Robot, the Dog Who Discovered Important Cave Paintings

The cave paintings of Laxcaux hadn’t been seen by humans for thousands of years — until Robot, on an adventure with his four teenaged friends, started sniffing at a hole in the ground. The boys were intrigued by what Robot had found, and went to investigate, only to discover some of the most historically significant Paleolithic art in the world.

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Elisa F.
Elisa F3 years ago

Thanks for sharing 6 Famous Dogs of History. Loved the movie, Hachi: A Dog's Tale, based on the true story of Hachiko.

Terry V.
Terry V3 years ago

unconditional love

Kathy Perez
Kathy Johnson4 years ago

loved it!

Florence Eaise
Florence Eaise4 years ago

great stories thanks for sharing interesting

Carrie Anne Brown

interesting article, thanks for sharing :)

Cristina C.
Cristina Cernat4 years ago

I only know two, Hachiko and Checkers!!

Great post btw!!! :)

Shin Takahashi
Shin Takahashi4 years ago

Heartwarming stories of dogs of course.Thank you for your very interesting post.cheers

Tim C.
Tim C4 years ago


Nicole Gorman
Nicole Gorman4 years ago

Very heartwarming.

Victor M.
Victor M4 years ago

And Laika?