In part 1 of this article we looked at some of the great Hollywood dogs of the early Silver Screen. But that’s just the beginning. Movie fans have never lost their love for those larger than life canines we see in the movies.

Benji. Benji was one of the most popular dogs since Lassie. This lovable mutt appeared in numerous movies beginning in 1974 with the self-titled Benji, all the way through his most recent film in 2004 called Benji: Off The Leash! In the first film Benji was played by a shelter dog named Higgins who was trained by Frank Inn – also famous for training many animals for televisions shows such as The Beverly Hillbillies and Green Acres. Benji is always a small, lovable mixed breed dog who has a knack for appearing just when he’s needed, usually to help someone with a problem. Benji was later played by his offspring Benjean. There was even a 1983 television series called Benji, Zax, and the Alien Prince.

Beethoven. Dog lovers know that Beethoven is a giant Saint Bernard who, through unusual circumstances, comes to live with an unlikely family. It takes some convincing, but eventually the father of the family agrees to keep the dog. From there, Beethoven and his family have some amazing adventures in a series of films. Beethoven is the first film in 1992 and it was followed by six sequels in which Beethoven becomes a father, among other things. The films were extremely popular as family comedies.

Chihuahuas in Hollywood. There are several Hollywood movies in recent years starring Chihuahuas such as Beverly Hills Chihuahua, Legally Blonde, and Legally Blonde 2. The tiny Chihuahua in Legally Blonde is Bruiser – an unlikely name for a Chihuahua, but she was apparently named after a John Grisham character. Legally Blonde 2 is about finding Bruiser’s mom who is owned by a cosmetics firm that tests products on dogs. In Beverley Hills Chihuahua we have talking dogs. Pampered pet Chloe the Chihuahua is dognapped in Mexico and has to escape from a couple of bad dogs. This Disney film has already had two sequels. Chihuahuas are definitely hot these days. Take your pick and enjoy watching a movie featuring a Chihuahua.

This is just the tip of the doggy iceberg. Other popular canine stars in recent years include Buddy in the Air Bud series of films. He also played Comet on the series Full House. Handsome Buddy began life as a stray.

There’s also the 2008 film Marley & Me, based on the book by journalist John Grogan. The film covers the entire life of one yellow Labrador Retriever and his family. Since the film spans 14 years, 22 yellow Labs are used to play Marley in the film. Be prepared to cry when you watch this film.

Who can forget Hooch in the 1989 film Turner & Hooch? Hooch is the large Dogue de Bordeaux in the film who stars opposite Tom Hanks. Most people had never seen a Dogue de Bordeaux before this film. Hooch’s real name was Beasley.

Another famous dog is Winn-Dixie who comes from the film Because of Winn-Dixie. This is another case of a movie introducing a rare breed to Americans. Winn-Dixie looks like a scruffy stray dog but this is actually a rare breed from France called the Berger Picard or Picardy Shepherd.

There are so many wonderful dog movies and fantastic canine stars. We hope you will find some great dog movies you enjoy.