Great List of Popular Dogs in Literature
Dogs have been found for hundreds if not thousands
of years, in popular works of literature and stories.
* The faithful Argos greets his master, Odysseus,
when he returns to Ithaca in Homer's Odyssey.
* Buck serves as the main character in Jack
London's Call of the Wild.
* The three-headed hellhound of Hades, Cerberus,
is a figure from Greek mythology and appears in many
* The French poodle Charley accompanies John
Steinbeck in his largely autobiographical Travels
* Clifford is among the main characters in Norman
Bridwell's children's book, Clifford the Big Red
* Cujo, the eponymous rabid St. Bernard
in Stephen King's 1981 novel.
* Fang, Hagrid's boarhound (Mastiff), appears
in all seven books in J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter
* Fluffy is a three-headed dog modeled after
Cerberus in Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone.
* Garm is the talking dog in J.R.R. Tolkien's
short story, "Farmer Giles of Ham."
* Garryowen makes a cameo appearance as the
citizen's dog in James Joyce's Ulysses.
* Gaspode, an unusually clever dog that talks,
appears in various Discworld books by Terry Pratchett
* As its title suggests, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's
Hound of the Baskervilles revolves around a large
* Huan, the great wolfhound of Valinor, is
a friend and helper of Beren and Lúthien, in J.R.R.
Tolkien's novel, The Silmarillion.
* The Hundred and One Dalmatians by Dodie Smith
focuses on the robbery of a family's pet dalmatians.
* Laddie (a send-up of Lassie) stars in Discworld
* Laska appears throughout Leo Tolstoy's Anna
* Lassie is one of the main characters in Eric
Knight's novel, Lassie Come-Home, upon which
the famous movie was very loosely based.
* Old Dan and Little Ann are redbone
coonhounds around which Wilson Rawls' Where the Red
Fern Grows revolves.
* Olive, a Jack Russell terrier, is the main
character in Vivian Walsh and J. Otto Siebold's children's
book, Olive, the Other Reindeer.
* The Poky Little Puppy is the titular
character of the children's book written by Janette
Sebring Lowry and illustrated by Gustaf Tenggren.
* Samur belongs to Bjartur's father-in-law
in Halldór Laxness's Independent People.
* Sirius, the result of an experiment intended
to produce a dog with human-like intelligence, is the
eponymous hero of Olaf Stapleton's science fiction novel.
* Toto is Dorothy's dog in L. Frank Baum's children's
novel, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.
* Tock, the humorously named "watchdog" in
Norton Juster's The Phantom Tollbooth, has a
large clock on his side.
* What-a-Mess is an Afghan Hound puppy
and the titular main character in Frank Muir's series
of children's books.
* White Fang is the main character in
Jack London's book of the same name.