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5 Beloved Dogs in Literature

5 Beloved Dogs in Literature


There are tons of books about man’s best friend, and this is only a short list of known dogs from books everyone could read. 

Clifford- the Big Red Dog

This is an American children’s book which was first published in 1963, written by Norman Bridwell. Clifford has become an internationally beloved character among children and parents thanks to his popularity as one of the most popular books for preschoolers learning to read.

Old Yeller

Fred Gipson's children's novel Old Yeller was published in 1956 and it was awarded a Newbery Honor in 1957. The title is derived from the name of the Labrador mix who is essential to the plot of the book. Walt Disney released a cinematic adaption in 1957.This story is about a brave dog who protects his owner from against wolves, bears, and other wild animals.


Kate DiCamillo's children's novel Because of Winn-Dixie was published in 2000. Opal, a 10-year-old who was abandoned by her mother when she was a child, struggles to make friends. She adopts a stray mixed- breed and names him Winn-Dixie, who helps Opal make new friends. 

Old Dan and Little Ann 

Wilson Rawls' 1961 children's novel Where the Red Fern Grows is about a youngster who buys two hunting dogs. The novel is based on Rawls' own childhood in the Ozarks and is an autobiographical work of fiction. Old Dan had the strength, Little Ann had the intelligence, and Billy had the determination to turn them into the valley's best hunting team. 

White Fang

White Fang is a wild dog who is the main character in a novel written by Jack London. This book is written from the wild dog’s perspective, letting the writer investigate how animals perceive their environment and people. The novel also delves into hard issues like morality and redemption. The novel was first turned to film in 1925, and it has since received countless further versions.