Since dogs, especially Golden Retrievers make such great family pets, it’s no surprise that they have appeared as a beloved family member on a number of movies (both regular and animated), TV shows, and commercials.
Not only have these goldens become famous from the shows they have been on, but some are famous due to their celebrity owners. Below are lists of a some famous Goldens!
Golden Retrievers known for their work in Movies:
Here are just a few of the more popular golden retrieves from the movies. If I missed your favorite pooch or movie, please comment below and let me know!
- Parker (Enzo) from The Art of Racing in the Rain (2019)
- Beau from Wargames (1983)
- Shadow from Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey (1993)
- Fluke from the movie Fluke (1995)
- Bud from Air Bud (1997)
- Brinkley from You've Got Mail (1998)
- Rosebud from Air Buddies Series (2006)
- Mud bud from Air Buddies Series (2006)
- Dug from Pixar’s Animated movies Up and Dug’s Special Mission (2009)
- Bingo from Salt (2009)
Golden Retrievers known for their work in Television:
As television became more popular, famous pup actors started showing up there as well. Here are a few of our favorites from TV. If I missed your favorite pooch or TV show, please comment below and let me know!
Spray from Flipper/NBC (1964-1968) Animal Adventure series
Sam from Sam/CBS (1978) Police Drama
Brandon from Punky Brewster/NBC (1984-1986/SYN 1988-1989) Situation Comedy
Max (real name Beau) from The Year in The Life/NBC (1987-1988) *
Comet (real name Buddy) from Full House/ABC (1989-1995) *
Speedy from The Drew Carey Show/ABC (1995-2004) Comedy Show
Shelby from Smallville/WB (2001-2006/CW 2006-2011) Drama based on Comics
Digby from Pushing Daisies/ABC (2007-2009) Fantasy/Mystery comedy-drama
Golden Retrievers known for their work in Commercials:
Commercials are a big part of our culture so it only makes sense that our furry family members would show up here too.
Here are a few of the more popular goldens from commercials. If I missed your favorite pooch or commercial, please comment below and let me know!
- Duke - Bush Beans Dog
- The Barkley's - Subaru
- Beau - Purina Dog Food
- Alex (golden mix) - Stroh's Beer
- Maddie - Chevy
- Google's Golden - Google's Teach a dog new tricks commercial
- Scout - Weather Guard
- Midas Golden - Midas TV Ads
For a better look at these commercial pups and even some video clips of their work, be sure to check out our Golden Retrievers in Commercials post.
Golden Retrievers known for their Celebrity Owners:
Since we are looking at dogs in the spotlight and in Hollywood, it's only natural to look at goldens who are famous simply because of the famous folks who own them! If I missed your favorite celeb owned pooch, please comment below and let me know!
- Charlie – Adam Levine’s dog
- Elvis – Nick Jonas dog
- Frankie Girl – Adam Levine’s dog that passed away
- Gracie – Oprah Winfrey’s dog
- JJ – Jackie Chan’s dog
- Jojo – Pamela Anderson’s dog
- Jones – Jackie Chan’s dog
- Liberty – President Gerald Ford’s dog
- Luca – Oprah Winfrey’s dog
- Pontiac – Betty White’s dog
- Renn – Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone’s dog
- Victory – President Ronald Reagan’s dog
Golden Retrievers known for their Heroic Acts:
This is going to be the shortest category on this post but it's not because there are only a few heroic goldens. The list here is short because so many of these heroic goldens are unknown and silently serve every day as rescue dogs, service dogs, and therapy dogs.
Here are just a few that have made the spotlight while doing their jobs during horrible circumstances.
- Bretagne – Hero dog that participated in the September 11, 2001 search and rescue after the terrorist attack.
- Riley – Hero dog that participated in the September 11, 2001 search and rescue after the terrorist attack
These are just a few of the famous Golden Retrievers we have seen throughout the years. It’s no surprise since these beautiful, majestic canines are not only intelligent and easy to train, but due to their calm and lovable temperament can get along with just about anyone.
See if you can think of any other famous or heroic Goldens that should be on this list and let us know in the comments below!