What Kind of Dog is Scooby Doo? Here’s What You Need to Know

Remember those nostalgic childhood days when chilling out was all about watching cartoons after school and your mom screaming on you to stop watching the cartoons and go out and play?

I’m sure most of you can relate to it especially if you are the 90s born. One of the cartoon shows that got us hooked was Scooby Doo. That group of five teenagers with a super cool dog always made us curious to guess what will happen at the end. Each episode was jam-packed with mystery, funny scenes and wit. But have you ever wondered – what kind of Dog is Scooby Doo?

We are here to put your confusion to an end and know everything about our beloved Scooby-Doo which you probably didn’t know before.

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Scooby Doo’s Character

Scooby-Doo one of the most famous cartoons for the kids was launched way back in the 1970s, the name by which this cartoon is telecasted on television is (Scooby Doo, Where are you!) and the creators of this very famous American Cartoon Series are Joe Ruby, Iwao Takamoto & Ken Spears.

The first animation of Scooby Doo was created by the American animation company named Hanna-Barbera.

This cartoon series is mainly based on the 4 teenagers namely- Fred Jones, Velma Dinkley, Norville ‘Shaggy’ Rogers and Daphne Blake who is also known as “Mystery Incorporated” and one of the most important characters around which the whole story revolves is there talking dog named Scooby Doo. They all used to solve some mysterious supernatural creatures related cases.

The main character of this cartoon series is Scooby Doo as the name of the show is also based upon his name only.

Scooby Doo Breed (What Kind of Dog is Scooby Doo )

what kind of dog is scooby doo
What Kind of Dog is Scooby Doo?

In case you are wondering if scooby doo is a girl, it’s not. Scooby Doo is a male dog of 7 years of ‘Great Dane’ breed whose voiced was given by Don Messick (1969-1996), Hadley Kay (1997), Scott Innes (1998-2008, 2017), Neil Fanning (2002-2004), Frank Walker (2002- present).

Scooby Doo is regarded as a unique Great Dane dog that is able to speak in broken English and usually puts the letter R in front of words. However, most characters shown in the series are able to understand him almost perfectly.

Scooby Doo is a full brown dog from head to toe with several identifiable black spots on his upper body. He has a black nose and wears an off-yellow, diamond-shaped tagged blue collar with an initial of his name (SD).

In the series it is clearly been shown that both the Shaggy and Scooby share some common personality traits, mostly being coward and hungry.

One of the weirdest or funniest trait which can be found in Scooby Doo’s character is that he shows the same level of intelligence as of his friends, while also being afraid and hungry for food.

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What Kind of Dog is Scooby Doo

Origin of Scooby Doo

Scooby Doo is one of the longest-running cartoon series on television which was started in 1969 in America and currently holds the 310 animated shows of it.

September 13, 1969, Saturday morning was the first day when the First episode of Scooby Doo was telecasted on television.

Though most of us think that Scooby-Doo is the real name of Scooby but it’s not. The real name of Scooby is Scoobert Doo which was revealed in 1988 Scooby-Doo Spinoff  “A Pup Named Scooby-Doo” episode which focuses on all 5 main characters of cartoon series as adventurous children who solves a mystery.

What Kind of Dog is Scooby Doo
What Kind of Dog is Scooby Doo

Fun Facts about Scooby Doo

  • Scooby-Doo is somehow based upon Abbott and Costello– It was told by TV executive Fred Silverman to Emmy TV Legends that kids in a haunted house will always be a big hit and somehow he was able to make his fascination true.
  • Iwao Takamoto created Scooby-Doo features– The Japanese-American artist was working for Disney world before he segued to Hanna Barbera for the Scooby-Doo cartoon. So Takamoto drew the sketch of Great Dane dog and approached Hanna Barbera and there was one lady who was working with Hanna Barbera who helped Takamoto further with the Scooby-Doo’s character.
  • Frank Walker has voiced Fred Jones for almost 50 years– He is a legendary voice actor who has given voice to over 761 acting credits on the IMDb page, but he was only 23 years old when he received his first voice acting to give voice to the character of Fred Jones.
  • Kasem wanted Shaggy to be vegetarian– The radio host Kasem voiced Shaggy from 1969-1997 has left the show and then returned in 2002. In real life, Kasem is a vegetarian and also wants the same for Shaggy so in protest he quit the show. But in 2002, Kasem was able to convince producers to allow Shaggy to become vegetarian and from then he is the voice of Shaggy.
  • World Record for the most number of cartoon comedy series– In 2004, Scooby Doo launches its 350 episodes of “Scooby-Doo Halloween” by this they have surpassed The Simpsons 335 episodes and Tom & Jerry with 209 episodes. By this feat in 2006, the show was able to register themselves in Guinness Book of World Records.
  • Scooby-Doo the movie is speculated to be on Drugs & sexuality– In 2002, live action movie Scooby Doo was released which was written by James Gunn, director of ‘Guardians Of The Galaxy’. It also is one of the best dog movies. As it is said to be the family movie but due to homosexuality of Velma movie got in speculations.
  • Scooby’s Name– Scooby’s original name was meant to be “Too much”. However, one-day team members of the cartoon series were heading towards the development meeting in which one of the producers was inspired by a line from Frank Sinatra’s ‘Strangers In The Night’ where sings “doo-be-doo-be-doo” and this is how Scooby’s name meant to be Scooby-doo-be-doo.
what kind of dog is scooby doo
What Kind of Dog is Scooby Doo

The future of Scooby Doo

Not every version of Scooby Doo is good but still, if you have a look at other characters of it, you can still rely on them.

It’s been almost 50 years now when the first episode of Scooby-Doo was released but still, none, of the other TV cartoon shows are able to match the craziness and fan base following of this show though it’s very rare that now we can found this show being telecasted on the TV.

However, in 2010 Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated changed everything at the end by making the mess of all old things. Velma was shown going secretly out with the Shaggy and Fred & Daphne were also shown as engaged. Rebooting the series is actually a good thing for both the writers and animators as by this audience also gets motivated and doesn’t get bored.


Though the newest edition of it Canon, Be Cool wasn’t able to make it much farther as it is said that change is always not good for us but as fans, we shouldn’t lose hope as there are still movies, comics and another series a couple of years down the road.

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