Famous Dogs Who Stole Our Hearts

All sorts of dogs have made it into our recent history due to their special characteristics or thanks to out-of-the-ordinary events that randomly occurred to them. Some were made famous by their even more famous owners or they were simply fictional creations, thought up by very gifted minds.
 
These furry beauties may have inspired us to look for a puppy for sale that’s exactly the same breed as the fictional character. We may have also looked into purchasing dogs for sale that are exactly like one belonging to a celebrity or made famous by a film.
 
Now let’s look a little closer at some of the most well-known dogs of recent history; it may just help, when deciding on ownership and choosing from puppies for sale in Toronto.

LASSIE

Lassie Dog
Although Lassie was originally a fictional character, she is likely the most famous dog in the history of television and has made the dogs who played her well-known as well. Lassie has been making appearances on television and films since 1943. She has definitely captured the hearts of its audience.
 
The television franchise became popular in the 1950s when television medium was still in its infancy. It quickly became one of the most beloved TV series in recent history. Lassie that was played by a number of male collie breeds got Timmy out of plenty of jams.
 
Despite the fact that Lassie is written as a female dog in the series, she has been played by a male collie breed because the males retain a fuller coat(specifically in the summer months) and due to that, they look better on television.
 
Surprisingly the original Timmy character was actually allergic to dogs. Despite the huge success of the series and combined with the fact that he was allergic and quickly aging out of the role, the actor left the series after just three seasons.
 
Another interesting factoid is, there were other dogs on set specifically for the purpose of keeping the collie star company. Producers didn’t want the dog to be lonely. In the 1970s two adorable miniature poodles hung out with the collie, while he wasn’t filming. 
 
Lastly, the original Lassie was initially rejected to play the lead role and was only hired to play stunt doubles. Luckily he quickly proved himself and was given the role full-time. 
 
Almost all the collies portrayed on the show lived a very long life in dog years of at least 17 years.

PAVLOV’S DOGS

Pavlov's Dog with a surgically implanted canine

There is a good chance that you learned about these dogs in school. The classical experiments on conditioned reflexes with his dog won the Russian physiologist Ivan Pavlov a Nobel Prize in Medicine in 1904.
 
Pavlov spent his career studying a discovery he had made when he realized that his dog salivated not only from the sight of food due to an unconditional response, but it also learned to salivate as a response to other stimuli such as the lab assistant or a bell. The response had to be a learned one because the dog wasn’t born with it Pavlov concluded when he made the discovery.
 
He began to ring the bell every time he presented food to his dog and the dog salivated in turn. After repeating this process a number of times the dog began to salivate when solely the bell was rung, but food was not presented.
 
He called the discovery classical conditioning, where the dog learned to associate an unconditional stimulus that brings about a specific response or reflex with a new conditioned stimulus.
 
Pavlov trained different types of dogs to salivate. One of them is even preserved at the Pavlov Museum in Russia.
 
Throughout his life, Pavlov ended up owning many dogs including:
Bierka, Nalyot, Golovan, Arap, Arleekin, Avgust, Baikal, Boy, Zolotisty, Druzhok, Sultan, Zhuchka, and Tygan. Russian names like Rosa, Mirta, Norka, Trezor, Visgun, Jurka, Jack, John have also been found.

LAIKA

Laika the dog in space

In 1957 Laika was found on the streets of Moscow and was taken to be trained along with two other dogs to potentially participate in the Soviet space program in 1957. She was eventually chosen as the only occupant of Sputnik 2, becoming the first animal in history to orbit the earth.
 
Unfortunately, Laika met a very sad fate. In the 1950s there was no technology in existence to de-orbit the spacecraft and return it to Earth safely. It was said that Laika was euthanized prior to oxygen depletion on day six of orbiting the earth. It later turned out that the unfortunate pup died within hours of the launch due to overheating. 
 
In 2008 a small monument was put up in the memory of Laika near the military research facility where she trained for her mission. 
 
Despite the sad ending the dog has made history and will be remembered for years to come.

SNOOPY

Snoopy

Even though Snoopy is a comic book character created in the 1950s he has become one of the most recognizable and iconic dogs on the planet. He is Charlie Brown’s pet in the comic Peanuts and the star of The Peanuts Movie.
 
This canine has the United States Air Force B-58 Hustler bomb, a special NASA honour, and an Apollo lunar module named after him. 
 
Snoopy is a loyal, sweet, innocent, imaginative, and good-natured beagle who likes to imagine different fantasy lives. In some, he is an author and in others a college student.
 
He also imagines that he can speak, but never actually does.
 
Of course, he is not without bad traits. Sometimes he will mock his master or act selfishly. He can be lazy at times and downright rude, but through it all he shows great love, caring, and loyalty to his owner.
 
This fictional beagle may now be more than 60 years old, but his fame has not waned a bit and due to his fictional nature there is no sad ending for this cutie. His wit and anthropomorphic demeanor will stay with us for a long time.
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