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The Best Dog Movies for Kids

Updated May 18, 2020 1.1k votes 61 voters 1.9k views34 items

List RulesVote 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 Dalmations1
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    101 Dalmations

    Rod Taylor, Paul Frees

    Released1961

    Directed byHamilton Luske, Clyde Geronimi, Wolfgang Reitherman

    One Hundred and One Dalmatians, often written 101 Dalmatians, is a 1961 American animated...  more
  • Lady and the Tramp2
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    Lady and the Tramp

    Peggy Lee, Stan Freberg

    Released1955

    Directed byWilfred Jackson, Hamilton Luske, Clyde Geronimi

    Lady and the Tramp is a 1955 American animated musical romance film directed by Clyde...  more
  • The Fox and the Hound3
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    The Fox and the Hound

    Kurt Russell, Mickey Rooney

    Released1981

    Directed byRichard Rich, Art Stevens, Ted Berman

    he Fox and the Hound is a 1981 American animated drama film based on the Daniel P. Mannix...  more
  • Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey4
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    Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey

    Sally Field, Michael J. Fox

    Released1993

    Directed byDuwayne Dunham

    Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey is a 1993 American remake of the 1963 film The...  more
  • The Shaggy Dog [1959]5
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    The Shaggy Dog [1959]

    Annette Funicello, Fred MacMurray

    Released1959

    Directed byCharles Barton

    The Shaggy Dog is a black-and-white 1959 Walt Disney film about Wilby Daniels, a teenage boy...  more
  • 102 Dalmatians6
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    102 Dalmatians

    Glenn Close, Ioan Gruffudd

    Released2000

    Directed byKevin Lima

    102 Dalmatians is a 2000 family comedy film directed by Kevin Lima in his live action...  more
  • Bolt7
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    Bolt

    Miley Cyrus, John Travolta

    Released2008

    Directed byChris Williams, Byron Howard

    Bolt tells the story of a dog who is convinced that his role as a super dog is reality. When...  more
  • The Shaggy Dog8
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    The Shaggy Dog

    Robert Downey Jr., Tim Allen

    Released2006

    Directed byBrian Robbins

    The Shaggy Dog is a 2006 comedy film by Walt Disney Pictures. It is the second remake of the...  more
  • Marley & Me9
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    Marley & Me

    Owen Wilson, Jennifer Aniston

    Released2008

    Directed byDavid Frankel

    Marley & Me is a 2008 American comedy-drama film directed by David Frankel, based on the...  more
  • The Secret Life of Pets10
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    The Secret Life of Pets

    Louis C.K., Lake Bell

    Released2016

    Directed byYarrow Cheney, Chris Renaud

    The Secret Life of Pets is a 2016 American computer-animated comedy film directed by Chris...  more
  • Homeward Bound II: Lost in San Francisco11
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    Homeward Bound II: Lost in San Francisco

    Sally Field, Michael J. Fox

    Released1996

    Directed byDavid R. Ellis

    Homeward Bound II: Lost in San Francisco is the 1996 sequel to the 1993 film Homeward Bound:...  more
  • Eight Below12
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    Eight Below

    Paul Walker, Moon Bloodgood

    Released2006

    Directed byFrank Marshall

    Eight Below is a 2006 American family drama adventure film directed by Frank Marshall and...  more
  • Lady and the Tramp13
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    Lady and the Tramp

    Justin Theroux, Tessa Thompson

    Released2019

    Directed byCharlie Bean

    Lady and the Tramp is a 2019 American romance film directed by Charlie Bean, based on the Walt...  more
  • Beethoven14
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    Beethoven

    Joseph Gordon-Levitt, David Duchovny

    Released1992

    Directed byBrian Levant

    Beethoven is a 1992 family comedy film, directed by Brian Levant and starring Charles Grodin...  more
  • Cats & Dogs15
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    Cats & Dogs

    Alec Baldwin, Susan Sarandon

    Released2001

    Directed byLawrence Guterman

    Cats & Dogs is a 2001 American-Australian action-comedy film, directed by Lawrence Guterman....  more
  • Benji16
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    Benji

    Edgar Buchanan, Frances Bavier

    Released1974

    Directed byJoe Camp

    This tail-wagging tale begins as Benji visits his pals Cindy and Paul, whose father Paul...  more
  • Scoob!17
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    Scoob!

    Zac Efron, Mark Wahlberg

    Released2020

    Directed byTony Cervone

    Scoob! is a 2020 American computer-animated adventure comedy film directed by Tony Cervone and...  more
  • A Dog's Way Home18
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    A Dog's Way Home

    Ashley Judd, Edward James Olmos

    Released2019

    Directed byCharles Martin Smith

    A Dog's Way Home is a 2019 American family drama film directed by Charles Martin Smith, based...  more
  • Santa Buddies19
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    Santa Buddies

    Christopher Lloyd, Tim Conway

    Released2009

    Directed byRobert Vince

    Santa Buddies is a 2009 direct to video film. It is the fourth installment of the Air Buddies...  more
  • The Secret Life of Pets 220
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    The Secret Life of Pets 2

    Patton Oswalt, Eric Stonestreet

    Released2019

    Directed byChris Renaud

    The Secret Life of Pets 2 is a 2019 American 3D computer animated comedy film directed by...  more
  • Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore21
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    Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore

    Christina Applegate, Neil Patrick Harris

    Released2010

    Directed byBrad Peyton

    Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore is a 2010 family action comedy film, directed by Brad...  more
  • Balto22
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    Balto

    Kevin Bacon, Phil Collins

    Released1995

    Directed bySimon Wells

    Balto is a 1995 American live-action/animated historical adventure drama film directed by...  more
  • All Dogs Go to Heaven23
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    All Dogs Go to Heaven

    Loni Anderson, Dom DeLuise

    Released1989

    Directed byDon Bluth, Gary Goldman, Dan Kuenster

    All Dogs Go to Heaven is a 1989 American–Irish animated musical adventure comedy film directed...  more
  • Underdog24
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    Underdog

    Amy Adams, Taylor Momsen

    Released2007

    Directed byFrederik Du Chau

    Underdog is a 2007 American live-action comedy superhero film based on the 1960s cartoon...  more
  • Turner & Hooch25
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    Turner & Hooch

    Tom Hanks, Craig T. Nelson

    Released1989

    Directed byRoger Spottiswoode

    Turner & Hooch is a 1989 American comedy-thriller film starring Tom Hanks and Beasley the Dog...  more