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The Best Dog Movies for Kids 

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Updated February 21, 2020 513 votes 36 voters 33 items

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

Released: 1961

Directed by: Hamilton Luske, Clyde Geronimi, Wolfgang Reitherman

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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The Fox and the Hound is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Dog Movies for Kids
Kurt Russell, Mickey Rooney, Corey Feldman

Released: 1981

Directed by: Richard Rich, Art Stevens, Ted Berman

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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Lady and the Tramp is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Dog Movies for Kids
Peggy Lee, Stan Freberg, Dallas McKennon

Released: 1955

Directed by: Wilfred Jackson, Hamilton Luske, Clyde Geronimi

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) 4 on the list The Best Dog Movies for Kids
Annette Funicello, Fred MacMurray, Jack Albertson

Released: 1959

Directed by: Charles Barton

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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102 Dalmatians is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Dog Movies for Kids
Glenn Close, Ioan Gruffudd, Gérard Depardieu

Released: 2000

Directed by: Kevin Lima

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 Incr... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Dog Movies for Kids
Sally Field, Michael J. Fox, Frank Welker

Released: 1993

Directed by: Duwayne Dunham

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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The Shaggy Dog is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Dog Movies for Kids
Robert Downey Jr., Tim Allen, Danny Glover

Released: 2006

Directed by: Brian Robbins

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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Bolt is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Dog Movies for Kids
Miley Cyrus, John Travolta, Chloë Grace Moretz

Released: 2008

Directed by: Chris Williams, Byron Howard

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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Beethoven is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Dog Movies for Kids
Joseph Gordon-Levitt, David Duchovny, Patricia Heaton

Released: 1992

Directed by: Brian Levant

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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Benji is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Dog Movies for Kids
Edgar Buchanan, Frances Bavier, Peter Breck

Released: 1974

Directed by: Joe Camp

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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Eight Below is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Dog Movies for Kids
Paul Walker, Moon Bloodgood, Jason Biggs

Released: 2006

Directed by: Frank Marshall

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 ... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Dog Movies for Kids
Sally Field, Michael J. Fox, Carla Gugino

Released: 1996

Directed by: David R. Ellis

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

Released: 2009

Directed by: Robert Vince

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

Released: 2016

Directed by: Yarrow Cheney, Chris Renaud

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 ... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Dog Movies for Kids
Patton Oswalt, Eric Stonestreet, Kevin Hart

Released: 2019

Directed by: Chris Renaud

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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Marley & Me is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Dog Movies for Kids
Owen Wilson, Jennifer Aniston, Eric Dane

Released: 2008

Directed by: David Frankel

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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Cats & Dogs is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Dog Movies for Kids
Alec Baldwin, Susan Sarandon, Jeff Goldblum

Released: 2001

Directed by: Lawrence Guterman

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
18
All Dogs Go to Heaven is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Dog Movies for Kids
Loni Anderson, Dom DeLuise, Vic Tayback

Released: 1989

Directed by: Don Bluth, Gary Goldman, Dan Kuenster

All Dogs Go to Heaven is a 1989 American–Irish animated musical adventure comedy film directed and produced by Don Bluth and released by United Artists and Goldcrest Films. The film tells the ...more
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Air Bud is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Dog Movies for Kids
Mark Jackson, Kevin Zegers, Michael Jeter

Released: 1997

Directed by: Charles Martin Smith

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
20
Balto is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Dog Movies for Kids
Kevin Bacon, Phil Collins, Bridget Fonda

Released: 1995

Directed by: Simon Wells

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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Turner & Hooch is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Dog Movies for Kids
Tom Hanks, Craig T. Nelson, Mare Winningham

Released: 1989

Directed by: Roger Spottiswoode

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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A Dog's Way Home is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Dog Movies for Kids
Ashley Judd, Edward James Olmos, Alexandra Shipp

Released: 2019

Directed by: Charles Martin Smith

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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Beverly Hills Chihuahua ... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Dog Movies for Kids
Drew Barrymore, Jamie Lee Curtis, Piper Perabo

Released: 2008

Directed by: Raja Gosnell

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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White Fang is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Dog Movies for Kids
Ethan Hawke, James Remar, Bill Moseley

Released: 1991

Directed by: Randal Kleiser

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 Rev... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Dog Movies for Kids
Christina Applegate, Neil Patrick Harris, Nick Nolte

Released: 2010

Directed by: Brad Peyton

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