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If you are a new pet parent who loves pop culture, why not pay tribute to your favorite dog from a television show by naming your fur baby after a canine character from TV?  From dogs who starred in classic series to Spots from beloved Saturday morning cartoons, we’ve fetched a long list of potential TV dog names for your new binge-watching buddy!

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Allan —  Fans of the CBS comedy series The King of Queens will recognize Allan as the name of Spence Olchin’s Pug.  The name has a variety of meanings, including “little rock,” “handsome” and “noble.”

Apollo — On the long-running detective series Magnum P.I. Robin’s Nest was protected by two Doberman Pinschers named after the Greek gods Apollo (which means “manly beauty”) and Zeus. Several dogs had the opportunity to show off their acting skills over the course of the show, among them Dobermans called Brutus, Cola, Dominique, Joe, Nohea and Whiskey.  

Arnold — Food bowl at the ready, Arnold the Semi-Wonder Dog waited patiently to be fed in the intro to the series Life Goes On.  The Thatcher family´s four-legged friend was portrayed by Bullet, a Pit Bull/Labrador Retriever.  The name Arnold means “eagle,” “brightness” and “power.”

Astro — Are you looking for a name for your dog that’s out of this world?  How about bestowing your new barking bestie with the name of The Jetsons‘ canine companion!  Fun fact:  The character design of the famous Hanna-Barbera cartoon hound was created by animator Iwao Takamoto, who also designed Scooby-Doo! 


Backup— A Pit Bull named Lefty starred alongside Kristen Bell in the mystery series Veronica Mars.

Bandit— A stray who came to stay at the Ingalls household after the passing of Laura’s canine companion Jack, the role of Bandit on Little House on the Prairie was played by a dog dubbed Jeffrey.  Bandit was also the name of the adventure-loving Terrier on the Saturday cartoon series Johnny Quest.

Barkley —  Known first as Woof Woof, this sweet, shaggy dog has been helping to entertain and educate children since his debut on Sesame Street in 1978.

Baskerville—  His name a nod to a Sherlock Holmes mystery, Baskerville the Hound– who made appearances on The Muppet Show— was among Jim Henson’s canine creations. 

Bear— Three Belgian Malinois (Grauber’s Boker, Lola and Gotcha) portrayed Reese’s pooch on Person of Interest.

Bijoux—  A Jack Russell Terrier named Britches starred as Bijoux, who was inherited by police inspector Harry Hooperman (played by actor John Ritter) in the 80s dramedy Hooperman.  Bijoux is the French word for “jewels.”

Blue— Puppy-loving preschoolers love to embark on adventures by following the aqua-colored animated canine’s pawprints on Blue’s Clues

Boomer— Long before it was coined as a term for a person born in the baby boomer generation, fans of Fidos associated the word “boomer” with a stray dog who came to the aid of people in need in the early 80s television series Here’s Boomer.  The stout-hearted canine was portrayed by a dog named Johnny.

Boots— The first of two Station 51 mascots on the medical drama series Emergency!

Bouton— The healing power of dogs can be seen in the series Outlander thanks to appearances by Bouton (the French word for “button,”) who helps Mother Hildegarde de Gascogne aid the ailing of L’ Hopital des Anges.

Brandon— Portrayed by a Golden Retriever called Sandy, Brandon was Punky’s pal with paws on the 80s NBC sitcom Punky Brewster.  The name Brandon means “from the broom hill.”

Brian—  You could name your new four-legged family member after Stewie’s literature-loving, barking buddy on Family Guy.

Brown— The short-lived series The Westerner starred Spike as a dog dubbed Brown.  (The Black Mouth Cur made his mark in Fido-themed film history as Old Yeller.)

Buck—  In the long-running comedy series Married…with Children a Briard portrayed the Bundy’s barking buddy.  The talented tail-wagger can also be seen in Janet Jackson’s music video for “When I Think of You” and in the Bill Murray Christmas comedy Scrooged.

Buddy—  A rescue West Highland Terrier/Jack Russell from Dogs Trust, Dodger portrays the dog of disgruntled Dr. Martin Ellingham in the long-running British series Doc Martin.  

Bullet— The real life pet of The King of the Cowboys and his wife Dale Evans, Bullet The Wonder Dog was a German Shepherd who starred alongside his famous pet parents on The Roy Rogers Show, which aired from 1951 – 1957. 

Buster—  Like the lyrics of the Beatles’ tune which was sung by Joe Cocker at the beginning of each episode of The Wonder Years, young Kevin Arnold navigated preadolescence in the late 60s with a little help from his friends… among them his Beagle, Buster!


Cerberus– A Belgian Malinois, Dita the Hair Missile Dog portrays a bomb detection dog on the CBS drama series SEAL Team. A Greek name, Cerberus was a mythical three-headed guard dog at the entrance to the underworld.

Cheddar—  A comedic Corgi called Stewart acted as Captain Raymond Holt’s pal with paws on Brooklyn Nine-Nine.

Chester— He may have played uppity C.C. Babcock’s Pomeranian on The Nanny, but in real life Chester Drescher was lead actress Fran Drescher’s fur baby.  The skilled canine also had the opportunity to show off his acting chops in the 1990 Robin Williams comedy Cadillac Man. The name Chester means “fortress” or “camp.”

Cinnamon— Raj’s pampered Yorkshire Terrier on The Big Bang Theory had such a big fan base that she even features in a Big Bang Theory Lego set!  (Fun Fact:  Like his character Rajesh Koothrappali, actor Kunal Nayyar is a Star Wars fan.  He named his barking buddy Boba Fett!) 

Claude— A name which means “limping,” Claude the Poodle was the mollycoddled canine companion of society snob Mrs. Drysdale in the sitcom The Beverly Hillbillies.

Cleo— A Basset Hound dubbed Bernadette portrayed Cleo, a dog whose inner monologue added to the laughs on a comedy from the early days of television, The People’s Choice

Clifford— Actor John Ritter provided the voice of everyone’s favorite canine who made the leap from Scholastic children’s books to the small screen in the PBS animated series Clifford The Big Red Dog.  The name Clifford means “ford by a cliff.”

Coco—  The 135-pound Standard Poodle starred in the 60s sitcom The Donna Reed Show. 

Comet—  Do you want to name your new furry family member after the dog in the 90s sitcom Full House?  “You got it, dude!”   Comet was portrayed by a Golden Retriever who answered to the same name as his small screen character. Receiving a new lease on life after his adoption from Golden Retriever Rescue, Comet would also star alongside Matthew Modine, Ron Perlman and Eric Stolz in the 1995 comedy Fluke.

Cosmo— Answering to the same name as his character on the Full House reboot Fuller House, Golden Retriever Cosmo portrayed the great-grandson of the Tanner family’s beloved barking buddy, Comet.  The tail-wagging thespian also showed off his acting skills in episodes of The Middle and Suits.


Dash— A Cavalier King Charles Spaniel named Tori portrayed the canine confidante of Queen Victoria during her adolescence and the early years of her reign in both the small screen series Victoria as well as in The Young Victoria on the silver screen. The real Dash was the first in a long line of  the late monarch’s pals with paws.  Here’s a fun fact about Tori:  She lives in the same home as Dodger, the dog who stars in the hit British series Doc Martin!

Deputy Dawg—  Fans of classic TV cartoons may recognize the name of the laugh-inducing law enforcement Fido from The Deputy Dawg Show.  

Dickens— “What the Dickens?”  Vicarage housekeeper Mrs. Maguire’s exclamation of exasperation was the inspiration for the name of the black Labrador Retriever in the British crime drama series Grantchester.  Dickens answers to the name off-screen as well as on.  

Diefenbaker—  Six Canadian Huskies (Chinook, Cinder, Draco, Frankie, Kerry-Ann and Lincoln) portrayed the detection dog in the series Due South. The wolf hybrid was dubbed Diefenbaker after a former Prime Minister of Canada.  
Digger— Anglophiles who are parents to animal-loving little ones may recognize the name of the puppy who pals around with Petal the piglet, Dash the donkey and Gobo the goat in the children’s series Big Barn Farm.  

Dino—  Perhaps he isn’t technically a dog, but we couldn’t resist adding The Flintstones‘ pre-historic pup to our list!

Djinn Djinn— Like his name implied, Jeannie’s dog Djinn Djinn (portrayed by a Havanese) was a supernatural canine who brought chaos to NASA and Captain Anthony Nelson in several episodes of the 60s sitcom I Dream of Jeannie. 

Dog—  Although it may not be the most imaginative name on the list, if your pup is named Dog he or she will follow in the footsteps of such fictional Fidos as Dog on Petticoat Junction (who was portrayed by the star of Benji, Higgins!) and the Basset Hound who starred alongside Peter Faulk in Columbo.

Dreyfuss— Why not name the newest member in your family nest after the Weston family’s four-legged family member in the 90s sitcom Empty Nest?  Dreyfuss was portrayed by a St. Bernard/Golden Retriever named Bear.

Duke—  When Jed Clampett was “shootin’ at some food/and up from the ground come a bubblin’ crude” his faithful Fido Duke was by his side.  The canine cast member on the hit 60s series The Beverly Hillbillies, Duke was portrayed by a Bloodhound known as Stretch. Stretch learned his craft with help from famed animal trainer Frank Inn, who also taught talented tail-wagger Higgins (better known to dog lovers as Benji) and Orangey, the orange tabby who starred as Cat alongside Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s.


Eddie—  The Crane family patriarch’s pal with paws on the long-running comedy series Frasier, Eddie was originally portrayed by a Parson Russell Terrier named Moose. The role was later passed on to one of Moose’s descendants, Enzo. The four-legged father/son duo would also share the big screen when they portrayed the same dog at different stages of his life in the movie My Dog Skip.

Eddie McDowd—  Transforming from a kid into a canine, bully Eddie McDowd performed acts of kindness in order to revert back to his original form in the Nickelodeon series 100 Deeds for Eddie McDowd. Eddie the dog was portrayed by a former shelter dog named Rowdy. TV fans may also recognize the Australian Shepherd/Siberian Husky from his role as Dasher in the Hallmark Channel series When Calls the Heart


Fang—  If you are a fan of 1960s spy-themed sitcoms you might remember Agent K-13 (aka Fang), a CONTROL-trained canine who tags along with Max and Agent 99 on secret missions in Get Smart. A dog dubbed Red starred as Fang for the first two seasons of the series.  

Flash—  A Basset Hound who was found at a pound made the leap from shelter to stardom on the series The Dukes of Hazzard thanks to actor James Best, who portrayed Sheriff Roscoe P. Coltrane.  

Fleegle— If you were a child in the late 1960s who sat glued to the tube every Saturday morning you might remember the Hanna-Barbera production The Banana Splits, which featured a Rover called Fleegle who, along with a lion, a gorilla and an elephant, was one-fourth of a bubblegum rock band.

Foo-Foo— Miss Piggy’s pampered pup on The Muppet Show.

Freeway—  The early 80s TV series Hart to Hart helped a former shelter dog get on the road to a new life as a star by casting the Lowchen as the private detective duo’s barking buddy.   


Garrick— A Lurcher mix named Barley made the leap from the relative anonymity of life at a rescue charity to worldwide recognition thanks in part to his role as Demelza Carnes’ devoted dog in the BBC adaptation of Poldark. Once one of the 8,000 homeless companion animals who find themselves at Battersea Dogs and Cats Home each…

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