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Bow Wow! These Are the 12 Best Dogs in Christmas Movies and TV Specials


Happy howlidays! Want to add some furry friends to your Christmas movie watchlist? Start with these 12 pups found in our favorite seasonal specials and Christmas movies about dogs.

The Best Christmas Movies About Dogs

Snoopy in A Charlie Brown Christmas

Whether he's dancing on a piano or decorating his doghouse, Charlie Brown's loyal sidekick knows how to celebrate this special time of year.

Shelby in Shelby: The Dog Who Saved Christmas

This Rob Schneider-voiced pup spreads some Christmas magic when he befriends a budding magician—and avoids the local dogcatcher. 

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Max in How the Grinch Stole Christmas!

Even though he was a pawn in the nefarious Grinch's scheme, Max was a lovable and loyal companion—and he makes a pretty good reindeer, too!

Snot in National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation

Cousin Eddie's dog Snot is cute—but you don't want to be around him if you're wearing shorts.

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Santa's Little Helper in The Simpsons

He's not that great at racing—but the Simpsons' pet greyhound has been with the family since the very first episode.

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Zero in The Nightmare Before Christmas

With a glowing pumpkin nose, this ghostly pup led Jack Skellington's sleigh through the fog.

Christmas in A Dog Named Christmas

This appropriately named pup befriends a young man with a learning disability when a local shelter launches an "Adopt a dog for Christmas" program.

Bumpus Hounds in A Christmas Story

Sure, they ruined the Christmas turkey—but the Bumpus dogs were a great foe to the main character's old man.

Buddies in The Legend of Santa Paws

What's better than one dog? Five dogs!

Beethoven in Beethoven's Christmas Adventure

The mammoth pup is at it again—and this time he's tasked with saving Christmas when one of Santa's elves crash lands in town.

Barney in Gremlins

The main character's companion, Barney was surprisingly OK with all of the Mogwais' shenanigans.

Tucker in Christmas with Tucker

A young boy, a dead parent and a miracle dog—this movie has all the makings for a good Christmas cry.

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