Reader’s Best Friend: Rating Our Favorite Literary Dogs

Reader’s Best Friend: Rating Our Favorite Literary Dogs


We love books more than just about anything else in the world, but you know what else we love? Fluffy, furry, fun, and frollicking puppies! In honor of National Puppy Day, celebrated each year on March 23rd, we pulled together a list of ten beloved puppies and dogs in literature. We rated these literary puppers in the style of a favorite handle on Twitter, WeRateDogs and their book. 15/10 would boop them all.

Have a favorite dog from literature? Tell us in the comments.


This is Hachiko. Some people call him the best dog in all of Japan because he waits for his owner every day at the train station, but he knows he’s just doing his job.

14/10 for h*ckin loyalty.


Meet Winn-Dixie. Because of him, Opal learns ten things about her lost mother.

13/10 would take home from the market.


Say hello to Marley. His owners sometimes wonder if he’s the worst dog in the world.

12/10 would tell him he’s a good boy.


What the h*ck? We only rate dogs and not reindeer like brave Max.

13/10 would let him join our reindeer games.


Meet Harry. He would puppreciate it if his own family would recognize him. He’s only covered in a bit of dirt!

13/10 would help bathe.

White Fang

This is White Fang. There’s nothing wrong with his zoomers. He’ll follow you all the way to California and puptect you from harm.

12/10 would pet his noggin.


Here is a big red dog. His name is Clifford and he will let you ride upon his back.

13/10 would h*ckin climb on up.


Say hello to Skip. If you’re a boy growing up in the south and looking for adventure, he’s your dog.

14/10 would play fetch with.


Meet Snowy. He’d pawmis to never drink again but that would be a lie. He loves a good Scotch as much as the next pup.

13/10 would protect from spiders.


This is Fang. Though he be big, he be fearful, but that doesn’t keep him from slobbering his way along on adventures.

15/10 would let lick our face.


  1. One dog book that bridges the gap between child and adult books is Lad: a Dog, by Albert Payson Terhune. The book is a collection of stories about the heroic collie, Lad, which Terhune had originally written for newspapers and popular magazines in the 1920’s. Although Terhune’s books are usually found in the children’s section of the library, the themes, writing style, and vocabulary are clearly aimed at adults. However, when, I first met Lad, as a book and dog obsessed fifth- grader (more than 50 years ago) I fell in love, and that love remains.

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