The most famous dogs in history


We want to share with you some of the most famous dog's names worldwide, with some curiosity about their story. Get inspired by our suggestions to choose the best name for your four-legged friends.

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        • Hachiko
          Hachikō was the Akita Inu of Hidesaburō Ueno, a Japanese professor of Tokyo Imperial University, worldwide known for his remarkable loyalty. Often called Hachi, was born in 1923 in Ōdate but lived in Shibuya, Tokyo. Every morning Hachiko walked with his owner to the Shibuya train station and came back in the afternoon to wait for his return. Sadly, Ueno suddenly died during a lesson in 1925, but Hachiko still waited for his return at the station each day until his death. As time passed, his story spread throughout Japan, so much so that many people started gathering every day to the Shibuya station just to cuddle and giving him food. In 1934 a bronze statue was erected on the entrance of Shibuya station, as a sign of admiration for his loyalty, and another one in Ōdate, his birthplace. He waited for nine long years for his owner to return, until his death in 1935. When Hachiko died, the news occupied the main Japanese newspapers' headlines and the government declared a national day of mourning to celebrate his legendary faithfulness as a national symbol of loyalty. Every year on the 8th of March, he's commemorated with a celebration at Shibuya station. In 2015, on the occasion of the 80th anniversary, a new statue was unveiled on University Tokyo ground resembling the rejoicing reunion of Ueno and Hachiko. 

    • Laika
      Laika, whose real name was Kudriavka, was a stray mixed-breed dog, famous for being the first living being in history to orbit the Hearth and first animal in space. In 1957 she was selected to embark on board of the Soviet Sputnik 2 spacecraft, but sadly never returned. To commemorate her unforgettable gesture in 1977 a commemorative plaque to her contribution to the space program was installed at the Institute for Aviation and Space Medicine at Star City, just outside Moscow. In the following years, Laika was commemorated in other ways around the world, in stamps, chocolate brand and even music bands, that dedicated to her songs and even used her name for their band.

        • Balto
          Balto was a Siberian Husky and sled dog, famous to have been the winner of the most important sleigh rides in Alaska in the early 1900s. They both became heroes around the world after the outbreak of diphtheria in Alaska town of Nome on January 19, 1925. At that time, arose the emergency to deliver the medicine in time, since the small town of Nome couldn't be reached by plane, by boat and neither by train, since the nearest station was 1000km far. For that reason, it was organized a multiple dog sled run, also known as "The serum race", to transport the serum to Nome. The winning team was the one led by Balto. Balto became a celebrity, and a statue was erected in New York City's Central Park on December 17, 1925.
        • Argo
          Argos is Ulysses's dog, the hero of Homer's epic poem the Odyssey. We know little about him but enough to appreciate his unwavering loyalty. Argo waited for 20 long years his beloved owner in Itaca and when old and infirm saw Ulysses for the last time, he passed away happily.

              • Rex
                Rex is a German shepherd, the famous character of the Austrian 1994 TV series "Inspector Rex". Rex is the police dog working together with the team of Vienna Kriminalpolizei homicide unit to solve crimes. Intelligent, active and ready to risk his life to save the others. From 1994 to the present, several German shepherds have played this beloved character and many interpretations have been made around the world.

                  • Lassie
                    Lassie is the name of the famous Colli breed dog, leading character of the famous movie "Lassie Come Home", in which acts a teen Elizabeth Taylor. The story of Lassie is based upon the 1940 novel Lassie Come-Home by Eric Knight. Lovely long-haired Collie, Lassie lives many adventures to find his way back to his beloved family and Joe, his best friends. The movie was so successful that in the following decades' many versions of the story were filmed all around the world.

                            • Toto
                              He was Dorithy's terrier puppy from the famous movie "The Wizard of Oz". This dog had remarkable success expecially after the movie was out in 1939, so much that as a result it had been created a series of books dedicated to him: Toto in Oz (1986) and Toto of Oz (2006).

                          • Einstein
                            Do you remember Einstein, Emmett Lathrop "Doc" Brown's four-legged friend from "Back to Future" Trilogy? Between Martyn's time travels and the time-traveling DeLorean automobile, there's also Einstein, Emmet Brown's dog, used as "test" for his new invention, sending him to the future for a minute. 



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