Heroic hound picks up title of TV’s most popular dog.
Lassie, the loyal Collie who has charmed millions since she was created for the short story ‘Lassie Come Home’ by Anglo-American writer Eric Knight in 1938 has been named as the most popular canine in TV history according to a survey by National Geographic.
The story was made into a movie starring Elizabeth Taylor and Roddy McDowall in 1943 and went onto to spawn further films and popular television series in the UK and America.
Lassie, who was always played by male dogs due to their size and coat length, beat Scooby Doo in a poll of 3,000 people.
Talking dog Scooby and his Mystery Inc pals Shaggy, Freddie, Velma and Daphne who first hit our television screens in 1969 picked up the second place recognition.
Third was Bryan from Family Guy who walks on two legs, drinks Martinis, smokes cigarettes and engages in human [...]
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