What Kind of Dog Is Scooby Doo?

what kind of dog is scooby doo

You know him, you love him, you know he’s a dog but. . . What kind of dog is Scooby Doo?

You might be wondering why the domestic dog breed known for its huge size has little resemblance to the cowardly, protagonist of Scooby-Doo, the beloved cartoon character. Read to find out.

What Kind of Dog Is Scooby Doo?

Doing a quick research on the Internet would reveal that Scooby-Doo is a Great Dane. You might be wondering why the German domestic dog breed known for its huge size has little resemblance to the comically cowardly yet beloved protagonist Scooby-Doo. Let us end your curiosity right away.


The double-chinned, black-spotted, long-tailed, and bow-legged look of the eponymous character was no accident. The production designer of the famous cartoon Iwao Takamoto, along with some help from a colleague and breeder of Great Danes, decided to take on a different strategy.

“There was a lady that bred Great Danes at Hanna-Barbera. She showed me some pictures and talked about the important points of a Great Dane—like a straight back, straight legs, small chin, and such. I decided to go the opposite and give him a hump back, bowed legs, big chin, and such. Even his color is wrong.” Takamoto explained. Contradictory to the award-winning purebred Great Dane, Scooby-Doo was given an appearance of a clumsy dog for increased comic opportunities.

The unique fictional dog is capable of speaking broken English language and usually makes the sound of the letter “R” at the end of various words and noises. He is given complete sentences to speak on the show that are just the right mixture of foolishness and intelligence. Now let’s talk about the appearance of this beloved character of ours.

Scooby is entirely brown with apparent black spots scattered on his upper body. He is generally portrayed as an animal with four feet but he often shows hints of bipedal human attributes. The fun dog uses his two front paws like hand and has 4 toes on each paw. He wears an off-yellow rhombus-shaped blue collar, with his initials “SD” on it.


Unlike Great Danes who have several pads on the sole of each paw, Scooby-Doo has only a single pad. The reason for this was to make it easier to draw him for the Scooby-Doo Annual Gallery.

 “You know we got a mystery to solve. So Scooby Doo is ready for your act, don’t hold back. And Scooby Doo if you come through, you’re gonna have a Scooby Snack, that’s a fact…” These famous lyrics portray a personality trait that Scooby and Shaggy share – they both are constantly hungry.

“…Scooby Dooby Doo, here are you, you’re ready and you’re willing. If we can count on you Scooby-Doo, I know you’ll catch that villain.” Bone-shaped Scooby snacks are dog treats similar to biscuits. Fred, Velma, and Daphne, the three other main characters on the famous show, lure Scooby and Shaggy with those cookies, into going after the villains. However, Scooby’s characterization is that of a loyal dog who sometimes finds the courage for taking heroic measures without any encouragement or bribery.

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