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The Best Dog Movies for Kids  

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List Rules Vote up the best dog movies for kids to watch.

There's no shortage of movies about man's best friend and we are here to determine the best dog movies for kids. Whether it's an old fashioned animated classic like 101 Dalmations or one of those new CGI ones, there's something about the adventures of a puppy or a dog that pulls on the heartstrings like nothing else.

That goes double for young kids. Even if you don't have a puppy at home, put on one of these good dog films for children, and watch even the toughest I-don't-care kids get wrapped up in the adventure. It makes sense that kids connect with dogs, as studies have shown that dogs can help calm children down and encourage them to connect with other people more. If you've ever asked yourself "what dog films can kids watch," look below for the answer. You'll find that quite a few of them are Disney dog movies.

A word of warning though, if you don't have a dog and you show your kids these movies, don't be surprised if they start bugging you night and day. "Can we please get a dog? I'll take care of it! Please? PLEASE?!"

So vote for your favorite appropriate dog movies for kids to get them to the top of the list, and don't forget to add anything we may have left off.

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101 Dalmations is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Dog Movies for Kids
Rod Taylor, Paul Frees, J. Pat O'Malley
One Hundred and One Dalmatians, often written 101 Dalmatians, is a 1961 American animated adventure film produced by Walt Disney Productions and adapted from Dodie Smith's 1956 novel of the same ...more
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Lady and the Tramp is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Dog Movies for Kids
Peggy Lee, Stan Freberg, Dallas McKennon
Lady and the Tramp is a 1955 American animated musical romance film directed by Clyde Geronimi, Wilfred Jackson, and Hamilton Luske. The romantic tale of a sheltered uptown Cocker Spaniel dog ...more
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The Shaggy Dog [1959] is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Dog Movies for Kids
Annette Funicello, Fred MacMurray, Jack Albertson
The Shaggy Dog is a black-and-white 1959 Walt Disney film about Wilby Daniels, a teenage boy who by the power of an enchanted ring of the Borgias is transformed into the title character, a ...more
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The Fox and the Hound is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Dog Movies for Kids
Kurt Russell, Mickey Rooney, Corey Feldman
he Fox and the Hound is a 1981 American animated drama film based on the Daniel P. Mannix novel of the same name, produced by Walt Disney Productions and released in the United States on July ...more
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102 Dalmatians is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Dog Movies for Kids
Glenn Close, Ioan Gruffudd, Gérard Depardieu
102 Dalmatians is a 2000 family comedy film directed by Kevin Lima in his live action directorial debut and produced by Walt Disney Pictures. It is the sequel to the 1996 film 101 Dalmatians and ...more
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Homeward Bound: The Incredible... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Dog Movies for Kids
Sally Field, Michael J. Fox, Frank Welker
Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey is a 1993 American remake of the 1963 film The Incredible Journey, which was based on the best-selling novel of the same name by Sheila Burnford. Directed ...more
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Benji is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Dog Movies for Kids
Edgar Buchanan, Frances Bavier, Peter Breck
This tail-wagging tale begins as Benji visits his pals Cindy and Paul, whose father Paul Chapman, won't let them give the mutt a home. But the shaggy stray changes his mind by saving the day ...more
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The Shaggy Dog is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Dog Movies for Kids
Robert Downey Jr., Tim Allen, Danny Glover
The Shaggy Dog is a 2006 comedy film by Walt Disney Pictures. It is the second remake of the 1959 film of the same name, which was first remade as a television film in 1994. Both the 1959 and ...more
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Beethoven is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Dog Movies for Kids
Joseph Gordon-Levitt, David Duchovny, Patricia Heaton
Beethoven is a 1992 family comedy film, directed by Brian Levant and starring Charles Grodin as George Newton and Bonnie Hunt as Alice Newton. The film is the first in the Beethoven film series. ...more
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Bolt is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Dog Movies for Kids
Miley Cyrus, John Travolta, Chloë Grace Moretz
Bolt tells the story of a dog who is convinced that his role as a super dog is reality. When he is ripped from his world of fantasy, and action by his own doing. His own obsession with his owner ...more
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Eight Below is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Dog Movies for Kids
Paul Walker, Moon Bloodgood, Jason Biggs
Eight Below is a 2006 American family drama adventure film directed by Frank Marshall and written by David DiGilio. It stars Paul Walker, Bruce Greenwood, Moon Bloodgood, and Jason Biggs. It was ...more
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Homeward Bound II: Lost in San... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Dog Movies for Kids
Sally Field, Michael J. Fox, Carla Gugino
Homeward Bound II: Lost in San Francisco is the 1996 sequel to the 1993 film Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey. Directed by David R. Ellis, the film features the three animals from the ...more
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Santa Buddies is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Dog Movies for Kids
Christopher Lloyd, Tim Conway, George Wendt
Santa Buddies is a 2009 direct to video film. It is the fourth installment of the Air Buddies spin-off series as well as the ninth film in the Air Bud franchise. It was released on November 2,
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The Secret Life of Pets is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Dog Movies for Kids
Louis C.K., Lake Bell, Kevin Hart
The Secret Life of Pets is a 2016 American computer-animated comedy film directed by Chris Renaud. The quiet life of a terrier named Max (Louis C.K.) is upended when his owner takes in Duke ...more
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The Secret Life of Pets 2 is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Dog Movies for Kids
Patton Oswalt, Eric Stonestreet, Kevin Hart
The Secret Life of Pets 2 is a 2019 American 3D computer animated comedy film directed by Chris Renaud. A sequel to the 2016 film.
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Cats & Dogs is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Dog Movies for Kids
Alec Baldwin, Susan Sarandon, Jeff Goldblum
Cats & Dogs is a 2001 American-Australian action-comedy film, directed by Lawrence Guterman. The screenplay by John Requa and Glenn Ficarra centers on the relationships between cats and ...more
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Turner & Hooch is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Dog Movies for Kids
Tom Hanks, Craig T. Nelson, Mare Winningham
Turner & Hooch is a 1989 American comedy-thriller film starring Tom Hanks and Beasley the Dog as the eponymous characters, Turner and Hooch respectively. The film also co-stars Mare ...more
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Beverly Hills Chihuahua is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Dog Movies for Kids
Drew Barrymore, Jamie Lee Curtis, Piper Perabo
Beverly Hills Chihuahua is a 2008 American adventure comedy film produced by Walt Disney Pictures, the first in the Beverly Hills Chihuaha series. It is directed by Raja Gosnell and was released ...more
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Marley & Me is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Dog Movies for Kids
Owen Wilson, Jennifer Aniston, Eric Dane
Marley & Me is a 2008 American comedy-drama film directed by David Frankel, based on the memoir by John Grogan. Newlyweds John (Owen Wilson) and Jenny Grogan (Jennifer Aniston) learn ...more
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A Dog's Way Home is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Dog Movies for Kids
Ashley Judd, Edward James Olmos, Alexandra Shipp
A Dog's Way Home is a 2019 American family drama film directed by Charles Martin Smith, based on the book by W. Bruce Cameron. A dog (Bryce Dallas Howard) embarks on a 400-mile journey home ...more
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Air Bud is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Dog Movies for Kids
Mark Jackson, Kevin Zegers, Michael Jeter
Air Bud is a 1997 American family comedy film that sparked the franchise centered on the real-life dog, Buddy, a Golden Retriever. The film was financially successful, grossing $4 million in its ...more
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Balto is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Dog Movies for Kids
Kevin Bacon, Phil Collins, Bridget Fonda
Balto is a 1995 American live-action/animated historical adventure drama film directed by Simon Wells, produced by Amblin Entertainment and distributed by Universal Pictures. The film is loosely ...more
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Underdog is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Dog Movies for Kids
Amy Adams, Taylor Momsen, Jay Leno
Underdog is a 2007 American live-action comedy superhero film based on the 1960s cartoon series of the same name. The film was directed by Frederik Du Chau and stars Peter Dinklage as Dr. Simon ...more
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White Fang is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Dog Movies for Kids
Ethan Hawke, James Remar, Bill Moseley
White Fang is a 1991 American adventure film directed by Randal Kleiser, starring Ethan Hawke, Klaus Maria Brandauer and Seymour Cassel. Based on Jack London's novel White Fang, it tells the ...more
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Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Ki... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Dog Movies for Kids
Christina Applegate, Neil Patrick Harris, Nick Nolte
Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore is a 2010 family action comedy film, directed by Brad Peyton. The film stars Chris O'Donnell and Jack McBrayer. The film also stars the voices of ...more