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The 1960s was a thriving era for animated movies and series. It gave birth to some of the most legendary cartoon characters ever. Among these figures were memorable and endearing dogs who have become favorites of all time.
Let’s explore the enchanting cartoon dogs from the 60s.
In the ultra-modern world of The Jetson, one pooch stood out – Astro.
A sweet Great Dane with a heart to match his massive stature, Astro warmed himself to our hearts with his unmatched loyalty to his human family and his playful antics.
He complemented the Jetson family and added a ton of humor and warmth to the futuristic sitcom making him an endearing character of the 1960s.
2. Huckleberry Hound
Hanna-Barbera’s Huckleberry Hound sauntered onto TV screens in the late 50s but remained a popular hit show into the 1960s.
The sweet blue dog comes with a heart of gold and an easygoing Southern drawl, becoming a delightful symbol of charm from the South.
His adventures and attractive personality made him a classic character in the canine animated history.
3. Deputy Dawg
Deputy Dawg is yet another Hanna-Barbera’s creation and one that left a mark in dog animation.
As the name goes, the doggie was a sheriff in Mizzenmast Meadows – a fictional town in the show.
The doggie essentially patrolled the streets entertaining fans with his fun and humorous escapades.
He was often in the company of his loyal companions such as Vincent van Gopher and Muskie Muskrat.
The gang kept audiences in stitches with their misadventures.
4. Scooby Doo
Scooby-Doo, the reluctant dog detective made its debut in the late 1960s but is still spoken of today.
The doggie possesses some of the most remarkable qualities that make him an outstanding doggie.
For one, he’s fearful yet solves mysteries with his human buddies. His best friend, Shaggy Rogers is as afraid as the Great Dane.
However, when he receives dog biscuits, Scooby-Doo would be very helpful in tracking down criminals.
Underdog is a TV show about a lovable and humble shoeshine boy who transforms into an underdog to fight crime.
He is brave enough to come against Simon Bar Sinister and Riff Raff – two bad guys in the fictional town.
The canine superhero wears a cape and even flies like Superman.
Then there’s the fact that he speaks in rhymes with his catchy phrase being, “There’s no need to be afraid, Underdog is here.”
The doggie’s love interest for Sweet Polly Purebred is also quite entertaining to watch.
Snuffles, a bloodhound on the Quick Draw McGraw Show is a beloved bounty hunter dog from the Old West.
He is hired by Sheriff McGraw to find outlaws for him. The canine only requires dog biscuits as payment for his services.
What makes him entertaining to watch is his insistence on being paid in advance by opening his mouth, pointing to the biscuits, and making the “Ah, ah, ah” sound.
The biscuits also had a magical effect on the doggie making him hug himself, shoot up into the air, and then float back down while sighing.
Muttley is yet another beloved cartoon dog from the show “Dastardly and Muttley in Their Flying Machines” produced by Hanna-Berbera Productions.
The show aired in the late 60s into the early 1970s.
Muttley and his friend Dick Dastardly combine efforts to catch Yankee Doodle Pigeon who carries secret messages.
The beloved doggie left a lasting impression in many people as an Uberdog in the dog cartoon world.
Snoopy is an endearing dog with lots of fantasies, one of them being a flying ace for British World War 1.
In the fantasy, Snoopy wore goggles, a scarf, and a helmet while sitting atop his doggie house and shooting down his enemy (or at least trying to).
Besides his bizarre dreams, the imaginative pooch sometimes helps Charlie Brown around the house.
Other times, he laughs at him. He is indeed a complex but lovable beagle.
9. Augie Doggie and Doggie Daddy
Augie Doggie and Doggie Daddy debuted in 1959 as part of The Quick Draw McGraw Show.
The animation features the adventures of two dachshunds – a father and son (Doggie Daddy and Augie Doggie).
Doggie Daddy essentially tries to be a strict parent while his son does all he can to make his father proud.
The duo certainly adores one another making them deeply entertaining.
10. Droopy dog
Strong, smart, and sad, Droopy Dog – a Basset Hound mix is an unforgettable cartoon character from back in the day.
The character, created by Tex Avery had a voice that still resonates in the minds of many people that grew up in the 60s.
His droopy face and slow, deadpan voice is one for the ages.
While he was droopy, the canine outsmarted his enemies with his aggressiveness and physical strength.
The show itself was created in the 40s but the cartoon dog graced screens in a number of commercials in the 60s.
Where Can I Watch Dog Cartoons From The 60s?
Sometimes, one desires to go down memory lane and remind oneself of their childhood. Sadly, most of the dog cartoons aren’t showing on TV anymore.
So where can you watch them from? Here are a few suggestions:
- YouTube: You can search for Hanna-Barbera cartoons such as Muttley, Droopy, Quick Draw McGraw, and Snuffles.
- Cartoon Network: The network occasionally shows classic dog cartoons from the 60s.
- Boomerang: This streaming service also airs classic cartoons and has a wide selection.
- DVD collections: Most classics have been saved on DVD collections. You can get them online or in stores.
Sable McNeil is a canine chef, professional pet blogger, and proud owner of two male dogs. I have been an animal lover all my life, with dogs holding a special place in my heart. Initially, I created this blog to share recipes, tips, and any relevant information on healthy homemade dog treats. But because of my unrelenting passion to make a difference in the world of dogs, I have expanded the blog’s scope to include the best information and recommendations about everything dog lovers need to know about their canine friends’ health and wellbeing. My mission now is to find the most helpful content on anything related to dogs and share it with fellow hardworking hound lovers. While everything I share is in line with the latest evidence-based veterinarian health guidelines, nothing should be construed as veterinary advice. Please contact your vet in all matters regarding your Fido’s health.