If you haven’t heard of the Paw Patrol pups, you’ve either been hiding under a rock or you don’t have kids. There’s a lot of action, a lot of fun goings-on, and also a surprising amount of romantic scandal (just who does Chase like, anyway?).
Either way, these cute animated puppers have wormed their way into the hearts of fans, young and old alike, and now everyone wants their very own Skye or Tracker.
However adorable they seem on the show, their real-life counterparts are not always as similar. It’s time to take a look at the Paw Patrol dog breeds and see how closely they resemble their cartoon selves.
- 1 13 Paw Patrol Dog Breeds
- 1.1 1. Chase the German Shepherd
- 1.2 2. Marshall the Dalmatian
- 1.3 3. Skye the Cockapoo
- 1.4 4. Rocky the Schnauzer/Scottish Terrier Mix
- 1.5 5. Rubble the English Bulldog
- 1.6 6. Zuma the Chocolate Labrador
- 1.7 7. Everest the Siberian Husky
- 1.8 8. Tracker the Chihuahua
- 1.9 9. Tuck and Ella the Golden Retrievers
- 1.10 10. Rex the Bernese Mountain Dog
- 1.11 11. Liberty the Long-Haired Dachshund
- 1.12 12. Al the Basset Hound
- 1.13 13. Luna the Black Labrador
- 2 Final Thoughts on Paw Patrol Dog Breeds
13 Paw Patrol Dog Breeds
From Dalmations to Labradors, these Mighty Pups are on a roll. Here are the top 13 breeds of your favorite animated doggos.
1. Chase the German Shepherd
Chase is a serious chap and a natural leader, and one of the top dogs in the Paw Patrol pack. It makes sense he’s one of the fan favorites, especially as German Shepherds are one of America’s most beloved breeds.
They’re beautiful, majestic, and make floofing fantastic guard dogs thanks to their agility and top-notch guarding skills. In terms of grooming, they need a brush a few times a week to keep shedding under control. Otherwise, they’re smart, active dogs that love to have something to do.
Image by Anja from Pixabay
This means daily exercise to make sure their energy isn’t misdirected into bad behavior. They get along well with the humans they love but can be wary of strangers and have a breed history of aggression.
German shepherds are the number one choice for the military and police for a reason. Because of this genetic tendency, socialization and obedience training is essential from a young age to ensure you don’t end up with a nervous or highly-strung pup that might cause an injury.
2. Marshall the Dalmatian
Marshall may be an adorable goofball with a clumsy nature, but Dalmations can be a demanding breed. Visually they’re stunning pets — no one can deny they’re one of the most beautiful dog breeds.
But they aren’t the type of dog to laze away on the couch all day. A Dalmation’s energy and social attention needs are very high, so they’re great family pets, especially if you have older kids to run off that boundless verve in a sizable garden.
They’re also intelligent dogs that train well and can be great watchdogs. Dalmatians thrive on attention, though, so they’re not dogs you can leave enclosed at home alone for your 9-5. There’s a good chance they’ll become destructive and/or depressed if you do.
These dogs need a lot of human companionship and daily exercise to be happy. Oh, and brushing — lots of brushing. This polka dot doggo has a short, thick coat that sheds heavily, so unless you fancy wearing clothes covered in Dalmation fur (ahem, Cruella), it’s best not to skip brush day.
3. Skye the Cockapoo
Skye is beautiful, graceful, and intelligent to boot. Cockapoos look like overgrown teddy bears just born to be hugged with that soft fluffy coat. They’re a hybrid Poodle breed created with Cocker Spaniels and Poodles for the ultimate soft coat that hardly sheds and a temperament that makes them all about their human companions.
Image by Sally Wynn from Pixabay
They’re superbly affectionate and forgive easily, so they’ll forget you accidentally stood on their foot before you even have a chance to say “sorry.” Cockapoos are also highly trainable, which, combined with their predilection for companionship, makes them ideal therapy dogs.
Once you get one, though, be warned that your lap no longer belongs to you — it’s exclusively theirs any time they want it.
4. Rocky the Schnauzer/Scottish Terrier Mix
Rocky is an ingenious little pup, always pumping out clever concepts. Which is pretty accurate to his real-life counterpart, the Miniature Schnauzer/Scottish Terrier mix, or “Scottie Schnauzer.”
They’re independent and intelligent little companions, and are very affectionate — even though they can inherit their Scottish ancestors’ stubborn streak. Rocky might be gray with tufts of white, but these mixes tend to be completely black to dark-gray or a generous blend of fluffy black and white patches.
Because the breed is mixed and not an established hybrid, there is no standard for their appearance, so they can vary greatly in looks. They benefit from early socialization, as most dogs do.
5. Rubble the English Bulldog
Gruff and loveable, that’s Rubble for you — and English Bulldogs in general, for that matter. They have a slight dower appearance; what with the sagging jowls and rumpled folds of skin.
But their owners adore their rumply brachycephalic faces with droopy eyes that beg for all the pets and tummy rubs. They’ll enjoy a brush 2-3 times a week, but mostly their grooming involves making sure those folds of skin on their face are clean and dry. They may seem like sleepy lumps, but don’t be fooled — they love a brisk walk, even if they do need a snooze afterwards.
Image by Sven Lachmann from Pixabay
If you get particularly hot summers, make sure your Bully stays cool as they can overheat easily and get short of breath. They also tend to suffer from food aggression, also known as resource guarding, so don’t let other pets around them while they’re eating as a preventative measure.
6. Zuma the Chocolate Labrador
This Paw Patrol superstar is all about the water! Zuma loves to surf, and while his real-life counterparts might not have their own boards, they were built for swimming. Labs have thick “otter” tails and webbed feet to help them swim fast. As well as a thick coat to keep them warm in the water.
It might surprise you to know there are two variations of the Chocolate Labrador: the English Chocolate Lab and the American Chocolate Lab. The first tends to be a little more heavily built than the American version, which is sleeker, eager to please, and has a higher chase-and-retrieve drive.
Image by Jeff Klugiewicz from Pixabay
English Labs are a little more robust in temperament, not being too bothered by little things, and they’re very playful. American Labs are responsive to training, but they can get distracted easily, which has led to the faulty assumption that they’re a little slow.
7. Everest the Siberian Husky
Everest is enthusiastic, affectionate, and adorable with those perfectly blue eyes that are so common to Siberian Huskies. In real life, their almond-shaped eyes are either coloured brown or blue, or they might have one of each (every Instagrammer’s dream!).
Huskies are a medium-sized breed with a thick coat that will need grooming at least once a week, but more often when it’s time for their biannual shedding. They’re incredibly friendly and love being with their pack, making them loyal family dogs.
With a strong prey drive, something like a flirt pole will be one way to satisfy their instincts and work off some of that energy. They’re also a naturally clean breed with little odor, so you won’t need to bath them often.
Huskies love company — they thrive on interaction with humans and other pets alike. But most of all, they love to run, so make sure your doggo gets plenty of opportunities to zoom about.
8. Tracker the Chihuahua
Tracker can hear things before they happen — at least, that’s what he says. Similarly, Chihuahuas have fantastic hearing and don’t miss much, whether it’s the sound of mom waking up or the vacuum at the other end of the house.
Image by Zoli from Pixabay
Their personalities can vary wildly, from timid little cuties to fierce fighters with a touch of Small Dog Syndrome, but all in all, they tend to possess a lot of loyalty, charm, and intelligence. This pocket-sized breed usually weighs no more than 6 pounds, and their big round eyes are incredibly expressive, so it’s no wonder they’re huge in the lapdog community.
Chihuahuas are ideal for small apartments, but are too tiny for roughhousing and will need warm doggy jerseys to make cold weather more bearable. Their exercise needs aren’t very high, either. If you prefer snuggling over walkies, this is the breed for you.
9. Tuck and Ella the Golden Retrievers
The Mighty Twins, Tuck and Ella, are brave and friendly to a fault — and no wonder, since they’re Golden Retrievers. They’re the original family floof of American households, even though the breed started out as a Scottish gundog.
Outgoing and loyal, making you happy puts the biggest wag in their tail. In terms of training, they’re unbelievably intelligent, hence their frequent use as guide dogs and search-and-rescue canines. This breed is most famous for its lustrous golden coat, which requires a good brush 1-2 times a week to maintain.
Golden Retrievers need daily exercise and can go the distance, so they make pawsome running or biking buddies. They are generally healthy dogs, but can be susceptible to heart problems and hip dysplasia as they get older.
10. Rex the Bernese Mountain Dog
This little Paw Patrol pup is known for his sweetness and caring, but Rex looks tiny compared to his big, strong, real-life counterpart. The sweetness is right on the money, though, as Bernese boys are known to be one of the most affectionate.
Image by Nadine Doerle from Pixabay
They’re pretty placid in general, but are always up for an unscheduled play session with their owner. That tricolored coat is iconic for the breed, as are the markings, and together they make for a majestic appearance. Hopefully, you love to brush, because you’ll be doing a lot of it — at least once a week during non-shedding times and daily during seasonal shedding.
Burmese pups also need a good 30 minutes of moderate exercise a day to stay happy and healthy. Because they’re eager to please and intelligent, they make fantastic training candidates and will learn whatever you can throw at them. Their feelings can get easily hurt, though, so don’t be too harsh with corrections, or you’ll see a tail tuck and sad eyes for days.
Don’t be tempted to leave them alone for too long, either — they love being with their people and may act out if they’re left alone for long periods of time.
11. Liberty the Long-Haired Dachshund
Liberty is curious and lively with boundless energy and a sassy sense of humor to boot. Long-Haired Dachshunds are also lively dogs with a courageous nature and an independent — and sometimes obstinate — tendency.
Regardless, they’re still renowned for their good temper and loyalty and make for incredible canine companions that are affectionate and friendly. You’d better be a fan of music, because this breed does love to talk with its full vocal range! They’ll let you know if they’re happy, sad, or just want some love with various yips, barks, and impossible-to-ignore cries.
Image by Nel Botha from Pixabay
Although typically Dachshunds have a short coat, the gentle fur of the long-haired variety adds a softness to their silhouette. The coats of these cuties come in all sorts of colors, from chocolate to black and cream and even blue or red. With longer fur comes a higher need for regular grooming, though. Three times a week should suffice to prevent tangles and matts from forming in their fur.
If you’re looking for a one-trick pony, the Long-Haired Dachshund is your doggo because they’re not really interested in too much training. They’ll learn a few basics, but they don’t care too much for extracurricular TikTok dog tricks.
They’re classed as a medium-size breed and have a lifespan of 12-16 years on average, so be prepared for years of love and floofy cuddles. They’re also a long-backed breed, so care should be taken to look after their spine. This means stairs or ramps to get onto furniture, and preferably a single-storey house to avoid repetitive stair climbing.
12. Al the Basset Hound
In Paw Patrol, Al is a trucker with a love for lugnuts. He’s fun and wise, and his sense of smell is unparalleled. Basset Hounds in real life are great at scent work — they’re second only to Bloodhounds, in fact.
Image by jawestad from Pixabay
Basset Hounds’ long ears help stir up the smell toward the nose, and their droopy skin folds hold the smell closer for longer. Who’d have thought all that cute smooshed-ness served such a purpose? In terms of temperament, they can be both stubborn and charming, but they are intensely loyal to their beloved humans.
This breed is also impressively powerful and heavy-boned for such small doggos. Nonetheless, they’re some of the best-behaved dogs around with laidback go-with-the-flow attitudes that’ll have them happily cuddling up on the couch with you. That being said, you may want to brush them at least once a week to keep their short fur from clogging up your furniture, as they can shed profusely.
Bassets also love company, whether human or canine, and they benefit from a mild amount of exercise and some play when they’re in the mood. They’re also pretty independent doggos, so training them can be a little tricky.
They can get distracted by interesting scents — to the point where they seem to be ignoring your commands. But if you’re consistent and patient in training, they will learn eventually.
13. Luna the Black Labrador
Active, friendly, and loyal — that’s Black Labradors for you. Luna might be a shy pup, but she lives to help others. Black Labs might be more social and eager to meet new people in real life, though, and they bond strongly with their families.
Image by Madeleine Lewander from Pixabay
This is one of the most pawsitively popular black dog breeds on the scene. Just like Chocolate Labradors, they come in English and American variations and bear the same distinguishing characteristics as their liver-colored counterparts.
They are, after all, essentially the same dog, as Black Labs can carry both color genes at the same time and pass one or both on to their offspring. This means that a pair of Black Labs with the right genes can produce chocolate furkids, but a pair of Chocolate Labs cannot produce a black-colored pup.
Black Labs typically live for a good 12 years, but that lifespan can be extended with exercise, diet, and a lot of luck.
Final Thoughts on Paw Patrol Dog Breeds
And there you have it. No job is too big, no pup is too small — on the show, that is. But in real life, these delightful doggos can have vastly different temperaments (and sizes) than the cartoon portrays. Nonetheless, if your kid is adamant they need a Marshall in their lives, you might end up folding.
If you’re in the market for a family-friendly dog, here are some of the friendliest dog breeds that’ll love you up and cuddle for hours if need be.
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