It’s a Dog’s Life: Famous Dog Actors

Chances are, we all have dogs from our childhood that we remember fondly. Many times, it’s our own dog that we grew up alongside, but if we weren’t fortunate enough to have family pets, it may have been a dog on TV or in the movies. Dog have been appearing on the big screen for almost as long as humans, and although they may not achieve the popularity of a human actor, most of the time, they get paid and are cast in the same way as their human co-star

Here are some of the most famous dog actors of all time. See if you can recognize any of their on-screen roles.

Terry the Terrier

One of the most famous and beloved canine characters of all time is Toto, Dorothy’s adorable dog that accompanies her on all her adventures in The Wizard of Oz. The dog who played Toto was a female Cairn Terrier who was initially named Terry, and was later renamed Toto after her starring role.

Terry was born in 1933 and was trained for her onscreen roles by owner Carl Spitz. For her role in The Wizard of Oz, Terry was paid $125 per week, which is the equivalent of $2,200 in today’s dollars. She died at age 11, but not before giving birth to another Hollywood dog actor named Rommy.