For many people, there are classic Christmas movies we look forward to watching every year. It may be part of your Christmas traditions. Christmas movies span the decades, from “It’s a Wonderful Life” and “Miracle on 34th Street” in the 1940s to “Elf” and “Love Actually” in the early 2000s. There are also a fair share of Christmas dog movies in which a dog or dogs play a primary role. Here are a few classics, in no particular order…
A Dog Named Christmas (2009)
Could this be more of a Christmas dog movie? This is a Hallmark Hall of Fame movie adapted from a book by Greg Kincaid. A developmentally disabled man wants to get his town involved in the Christmas “Adopt a Dog for Christmas Program”. He himself adopts Christmas, a golden Labrador, that his father does not fully approve of and hearts overflow.
A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965)
This is a staple of the Christmas season and the quintessential Christmas dog movie. Also don’t forget the sequel, I Want a Dog for Christmas, Charlie Brown. Let’s face it, Snoopy is the star of the show. He doesn’t say much, but when it comes to celebrating Christmas, he’s number one. Apple TV+ just bought this Christmas tradition and was going to make it available by subscription only this year. However, the American public spoke and it will be airing on network TV, again, this year.
How the Grinch Stole Christmas (1966)
How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)
It is through the Grinch’s relationship with Max that we are able to first “meet” the Grinch. Max isn’t in a position to oppose the Grinch’s plans to steal Christmas and he’s been roped in as an unwilling participant.
As a purist a heart, I prefer the animated 1966 Chuck Jones version of this movie. I’ve seen this film so many times I can actually recite parts of it and hear the narrators voice saying, “Cindy Lou Who, who was no more than two.”
Beethoven’s Christmas Adventure (2011)
The St Bernard Beethoven is back in this fun Christmas flick and this time he talks. Tom Arnold is Beethoven. He’s helping one of Santa’s elves, who has crash landed in his small town, find the lost toy bag to save Christmas.
12 Dogs of Christmas (2005)
This is a heart-warming tale set during the Great Depression about a girl and, you guessed it, 12 dogs. Definitely worth a watch! There was a sequel seven years later: 12 Dogs of Christmas: Great Puppy Rescue
The Search for Santa Paws (2010)
This is a prequel to the 2009 film Santa Buddies and a spin off from Disney’s Air Bud franchise at large. In this movie Santa Claus and his new best friend, Paws go to New York City to remind the world what Christmas is all about. There was a sequel in 2012 Santa Paws 2: The Santa Pups.
Shelby: The Dog Who Saved Christmas (2014)
This is a fun Christmas movie with another talking dog, a Beagle named Shelby who’s always running from the dog catcher. Shelby is voiced by Rob Schneider. Chevy Chase and Tom Arnold also have leading roles as Grandpa Geoffrey and Doug the Dog Catcher respectively.
This list represents animated fantasies, talking dogs, heart-felt Hallmark tear jerkers and Disney franchises. The thing these movies all have in common is Christmas and a canine companion. If part of your holiday traditions includes snuggling in and watching a film or two, and you don’t already have “Christmas dog” movies on your list, consider adding one or two. PlexiDor Dog Doors wants to wish everyone a happy and healthy holiday! Keep watching Christmas movies!