Zoinks! Scooby Doo Named America’s Favorite On-Screen Pet

Angela Vuckovic
by Angela Vuckovic
Although the competition included some of the most famous animal characters in popular culture, the talking brown Great Dane snatched the victory.

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve probably grew up with a movie or TV pet you adored- some might even have fond memories of four-legged characters in comics. Either way, you probably have your own favorite on-screen pet, same as 2,000 Americans that were surveyed for a recent study. According to a survey conducted by OnePoll in conjunction with Wagz, when it comes to most loved on-screen pets, the victory belongs to mystery-solving talking brown Great Dane- Scooby Doo.

Even though Scooby Doo has been around since 1969, the popularity of this animated doggo is not dying down. And how could it: in addition to the original cartoon, the charming Great Dane was rebooted many times, both as an animated series and as a movie. Scooby Doo won the first place with 57,2 percent of the votes, but there were more than 30 contestants in the mix.

Second place belongs to Snoopy, who had 51,9 percent of the votes- Charlie Brown’s pet beagle was first featured in a comic strip from 1950, but younger generations know this wise pooch from movies and TV shows he starred in. Lassie, the Rough Collie that always comes home, came in the third place, while fourth place belonged to Toto from Wizard of Oz. Of course, cat people were voting too, because everybody’s favorite chubby tabby, Garfield, managed to take the fifth place and a spot in the top 5 most popular on-screen pets. While they didn’t end up on the ‘best of the best’ list, Beethoven, Tom (from Tom and Jerry), Old Yeller, Lady (from Lady and the Tramp), were close to the top.

Childhood movies and cartoons that feature pets as heroes are bound to play a role in the way we view four-legged friends when we grow up. I can bet that every animal lover can remember at least one movie or TV pet that they were obsessed with when they were kids! So, what’s your favorite on-screen pet? Tell us in the comments below!

Angela Vuckovic
Angela Vuckovic

A proud mama to seven dogs and ten cats, Angela spends her days writing for her fellow pet parents and pampering her furballs, all of whom are rescues. When she's not gushing over her adorable cats or playing with her dogs, she can be found curled up with a good fantasy book.

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