Top 5 Christmas films with dogs

This year has been a strange and often difficult one. Is it any wonder that people tried to fight off lockdown blues and get a bit of joy by putting their Christmas trees up at the start of November?

It might not be the normal Christmas we were all dreaming of but the festive season is here. So grab a mulled wine, stock up on mince pies and settle down to watch one of these fab dog-filled Christmas films to help get you into the holiday spirit.

  1. How the Grinch Stole Christmas

A live action movie, How the Grinch Stole Christmas brings Dr Seuss’ character to life, with Jim Carrey playing the miserable green creature who spends the film trying to ruin Christmas for the Whos who live in Whoville.

However, the real star of the show is the Grinch’s best friend, a loyal dog called Max who, at one point during the film, ends up dressed as Rudolph the reindeer. Cute!

Fun fact – Max was played by six different mixed-breed shelter rescue dogs.

  1. Beethoven’s Christmas Adventure

The loveable St Bernard is back and this time, he has to save Christmas by rescuing one of Santa’s elves who has lost the toy bag in the town were Beethoven lives.

Narrated by John Cleese, it’s a fun, feel-good film complete with a slobbering dog. What more could you want?!

  1. A Charlie Brown Christmas

First premiering in 1965, A Charlie Brown Christmas has become almost a holiday tradition in the US. Over here, it’s more a cult favourite – and it’s easy to see why.

The TV special is based on the Peanuts comic strip and follows Charlie Brown as he discovers the true meaning of Christmas. He’s joined on this journey by Snoopy, his canine sidekick, who takes part in a doghouse decorating competition.

  1. The Snowman and the Snowdog

Made 30 years after The Snowman, this sequel to the much-loved classic tells the story of Billy whose snowman and snowdog come to life on the stroke of midnight and take him on a magical adventure.

The 24-minute long film took almost two years to complete and was crafted using more than 200,000 hand-drawn images.

We love it, but maybe have some tissues handy. We dare you not to shed a tear!

  1. 101 Dalmatians – animation or live action

Ok, so this technically isn’t a Christmas film but if people say Die Hard is one, then this has to be too.

Taking place during the festive season, the movie tells the story of Cruella de Vil dognapping dalmatian puppies so she can make a fur coat.

Apparently, in the live action version, 230 dalmatian puppies and 20 adult dalmatians were used. Also, in order to get the puppies to lick actor Jeff Daniels on cue, he had to have raw hotdogs rubbed on his face. Lovely!