Hollywood’s favourite pup stars: The 10 most popular dog breeds that appear in films
The UK’s leading pet supplier, Postman Pooch, looked into how a movies that became box office successes influenced the popularity of certain dog breeds among pet lovers. Findings revealed that Labradors and German Shepherds are the most sought-after dog breeds that have appeared in Hollywood films.
A record number of Labradors were purchased following Yellow’s silver screen debut performance in the hit film Far from Home (1995), which saw over 130,000 labs being purchased in the two-year period.
Meanwhile, 100,000 German Shepherds were purchased after viewers saw Buck in The Call of the Wild.
Taking third places as the most sought after dog breed following a starring role is Cocker Spaniels, following the release of Disney’s classic Lady and the Tramp.
Lady’s leading performance saw sales of the breed jump by a further 35,000 following the film’s release back in 1955.
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Postman Pooch also looked into the archives of the most famous dogs to feature in family-friendly movies and their total box office grosses.
This revealed that Disney films, Lady and the Tramp, 101 Dalmatians and musical fanatsy hit The Wizard of Oz were the highest-earning movies featuring performing pups.
Lady and the Tramp taking the top spot after having made an impressive $1.9 billion (£1,376,671,307.87) since its release date back in 1955.
101 Dalmatians, which was released in 60 years ago this year, has generated $1.2 billion (£868,284,913.39), while The Wizard of Oz which opened in cinemas in 1939, has made half a billion dollars (£419,992,528.92).
Other famous four-legged friend stars who became a hit among dog lovers and film fanatics included more recent film releases such as Tin Tin, Scooby-Doo and Marley and Me.
Scooby-Doo, who has been entertaining families by with the long running TV series since 1969, got to solve a mystery on the silver screen in 2002 making an impressive $84 million (£60,721,500) in the first weekend of its release.
Highest-earning family-friendly dog movies:
1. Lady and Tramp (1953)- $1.9 billion (£1,376,671,307.87)
2. 101 Dalmatians (1979)- $1.2 billion (£868,284,913.39)
3. Wizard of Oz (1939)- $500 million (£419,992,528.92)
4. Tin Tin (2011)- $450 million (£326,818,594.56)
5. Scooby-Doo (2002)- $418 million (£301,235,061.21)
6. Marley and Me (2008)- $314 million (£226,230,490.27)
7. Beethoven (1992)- $286 million (£206,229,151.48)
8. Lassie (1993)- $189 million (£135,757,118.12)
9. Turner and Hooch (1989)- $157 million (£112,706,206.26)
10. Homeward Bound (1993)- $108 million (£77,536,630.59)
Co-founder of Postman Pooch, Kyle Lovett-Blackwell, has shared his top tips for when it comes to enjoying these dog-featuring films with your own pooch at home:
He said: “Dogs can make for great movie buddies, but choosing a film that includes other dogs or eye-catching animals can come with its challenges.
“Pet owners should be sure to discourage dog barking or jumping at the TV when something peaks their interest from a young age in order to avoid accidents or broken TV sets.
“The best way to ensure that your dog is calm and relaxed when settling down to watch a dog film is to give them long-lasting treats, toys and enrichment games.
“Kong’s fantastic range of products filled with peanut butter or frozen wet food are also sure to keep them entertained throughout the film”.
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