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What Breed of Dog Is Santa’s Little Helper? The Simpsons’ Dog

Written by: Adam Mann

Last Updated on July 2, 2024 by Dogster Team

Santa's Little Helper

What Breed of Dog Is Santa’s Little Helper? The Simpsons’ Dog

If you’ve ever watched “The Simpsons,” chances are that you’ve seen Santa’s Little Helper at some point. He’s the family’s beloved pup and finds himself getting into all sorts of hijinks throughout the series.

Santa’s Little Helper is a Greyhound, and while he displays a few signature Greyhound traits early on in the show, he’s had all sorts of roles throughout the episodes! We highlighted a few fun Santa’s Little Helper facts for you here, and we also listed other famous cartoon dogs for you to think about.dogster paw divider

Top 7 Fun Facts About Santa’s Little Helper

1. He Was the Mascot of Duff Beer

Duff Beer is Homer’s favorite drink, and in the episode, “Old Yeller-Belly,” Santa’s Little Helper became the official mascot for the company! Santa’s Little Helper was also known as Suds McDuff during this time.

2. He Almost Died From Gastric Torsion

Gastric torsion, or bloat, is a real disease that can be fatal to dogs, and it affected Santa’s Little Helper in one of the episodes. The show called it a “twisting of the stomach,” as this is exactly what happens with this condition.

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3. Mr. Burns Once Owned Santa’s Little Helper

At one point, Santa’s Little Helper ran away from the Simpson family, and when this happened, Mr. Burns adopted him and turned him into a bodyguard. This isn’t a typical Greyhound role, but hey, it’s a comedy show!

4. Santa’s Little Helper Was a Police Dog

Santa’s Little Helper has had many fun jobs throughout the series, and in one episode, he teams up with Officer Lou as a police dog. During this episode, the show portrays Santa’s Little Helper as a very brave and intelligent dog.

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5. He Has Sired 25 Puppies!

If you’re looking for tiny Santa’s Little Helpers around Springfield, there’s no shortage to pick from! Throughout the seasons, Santa’s Little Helper has sired 25 puppies, and surprisingly, the show names all 25 of them.

6. He Was Once a Race Dog

Homer brings home Santa’s Little Helper after discovering him and betting on him at the track. Santa’s Little Helper finished last in the race. Homer bet on him, and due to his string of last-place finishes, his owner abandons him. Homer picks him up and brings him home, and the rest is history!

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Image By: Herbert Aust, Pixabay

7. He Was a Seeing-Eye Dog

Another surprising role that Santa’s Little Helper has during his time on the show is a seeing-eye dog. This is during a time when Bart Simpson got another dog, but eventually, Bart gets bored with his new dog and goes to find Santa’s Little Helper once again.

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Other Famous Cartoon TV Dogs

Americans love dogs, and perhaps nothing highlights this quite like the fact that there are tons of cartoon dogs. We highlighted five of the most famous ones for you here, but the truth is that there are far more out there!

1. Astro

“The Jetsons” is one of the oldest animated television series around, and the cartoon future family has a well-loved dog named Astro, a Great Dane. According to the show, people are all living in outer space in the year 2062, so we have a ways to go over the next 40 years if we’re going to get there!

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2. Brian

Brian from “Family Guy” is a talking dog that’s warmed hearts for close to 25 years now. Since they’re still making episodes of this show, his story is far from over. Brian is a White Labrador, and the show portrays him as an extremely smart and sophisticated dog.

3. Clifford

If you’re looking for the largest cartoon dog out there, that accolade has to go to Clifford, the big red dog. His giant size gets him into all sorts of trouble. There are countless books about Clifford and various TV series, and in 2021, a movie was also made.

4. Pluto

Pluto might just be the oldest cartoon dog out there, with a history dating back to 1930. Pluto is a Bloodhound, and he’s a beloved and loyal friend of Mickey Mouse. Pluto is a dog through and through, even though Goofy is a dog that can walk upright and talk in the same series!

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5. Scooby-Doo

Scooby-Doo is from the classic cartoon series “Scooby-Doo.” This Great Dane is a notorious scaredy-cat, and he actually shares the same original voice actor as Astro from “The Jetsons.” Scooby Doo might try to run from everything, but he’s helped unmask plenty of monsters over the years.

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Cartoon dogs have been around for quite some time, and with so many still in prominent roles (like Bluey!), it doesn’t seem like they’re going anywhere anytime soon! In fact, “The Simpsons” still has new episodes, so Santa’s Little Helper’s story isn’t over just yet!

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Featured Image Credit: Characters by 20th Television Animation, property of The Walt Disney Company. All rights reserved to the copyright owners.

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