5 Dog Breeds You May Know From The Movies

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Toto from “The Wizard of Oz” - Cairn Terrier

Toto, the brindle Cairn Terrier starred alongside Judy Garland in The Wizard of Oz. Terry (whose name was changed to Toto in 1942) appeared in 16 films total. A British breed club promotes Cairns as the “best little pal in the world.” Cairns are small enough for a lap-top snuggle and sturdy enough for a good romp on the lawn. They do best with lots of close family contact.

Lassie from “Lassie Come Home” - Rough Collie

One of the most famous canine characters of all time, Lassie was a female Rough Collie and appeared in a series of short stories, TV shows and films, the most famous of which was Lassie Come Home. Collies are famously fond of children and make wonderful family pets. These swift, athletic dogs thrive on companionship and regular exercise. With gentle training, they learn happily and rapidly. The Collie’s loyalty, intelligence, and sterling character are the stuff of legend.

Beethoven from the movie “Beethoven” -Saint Bernard

Named after the famous composer, this Saint. Bernard dog brings together the Newton family with his loving nature. Saint Bernards are affectionate with just about everyone they meet, and people who don’t mind a bit of drool will find them to be loving companions.

Bruiser from 'Legally Blonde' - Chihuahua

Elle Woods’ dog Bruiser was played by a Chihuahua named Moonie (short for Moondoggie.) Compact and confident, Chihuahuas are ideal city pets. They are too small for roughhousing with kids, and special care must be taken in cold weather, but Chihuahuas are adaptable—as long as they get lots of quality time in their preferred lap.

Benji from “Benji" - Mixed Breed

Filmed in Texas, this 1974 movie features a mixed breed dog named Benji who's simply looking for a home. Benji was played by Higgins who was found at a shelter in Burbank and labeled a Border Terrier. But he was actually believed to be a mix of Cocker Spaniel, Miniature Poodle, and Schnauzer.

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