Proving you don’t need to talk to be tops.
Let’s get right to it!
11. Percy from “Pocahontas”
I’m starting with Percy from “Pocahontas,” who comes in last place. Sure, he’s adorable, but this little pug doesn’t really compete with some of the other Disney dogs on this list, who make significant contributions to their respective heroes’ journeys. Percy starts off as the spoiled pet of the movie’s main villain Governor Ratcliffe, and although he befriends Pocahontas in the end, still, he doesn’t really do much of anything.
10. Stella from “The Princess and the Frog”
Oh Stella—another adorable cutie pie who can’t help but make things worse. This beignet-loving basset hound may have been following the command of Big Daddy, but even so, she chased Tiana and made a mess of the masquerade ball. Admittedly, Tiana had been turned into a frog, but even so, Stella should have recognized her!
9. Buster from “Toy Story”
Buster is loyal, affable and a good friend to Andy and his toys. He loses points for not actually appearing in the original “Toy Story,” though, but regains them for growing into the adorable, gray-snouted older dog in the final film. Overall, though, Buster doesn’t contribute enough to the plot of any of the films to rank terribly high.
9. Footstool from “Beauty and the Beast”
Although he spends most of the movie in footstool form, at the end we learn he’s actually an adorable dog named Sultan. And with such a sweet personality! He’s a sweet pet, who, as a footstool, wants everyone to be as comfortable as possible. Unfortunately, in the special-edition song “Human Again,” he makes a mess of the ballroom, which is the main reason he doesn’t rank higher.
7. Lady and Tramp from “Lady and the Tramp”
I’m going to group Lady and Tramp together for ease of ranking, and because they’re actually pretty similar. (Aww, lovebirds! Or should we say…lovedogs?!) They’re both brave, fearless and a little misunderstood.
6. Little Brother from “Mulan”
Although he has one of my favorite names of all the Disney dogs, Little Brother is shown to be somewhat unintelligent. He does help Mulan with her chores, though, so that’s something!
5. Pongo and Perdita from “101 Dalmatians”
Not only are Pongo and Perdita among the best dogs, they’re also some of the best parents we see in Disney movies. They’re brave, nurturing and will stop at nothing to save their puppies. Pongo and Perdita FTW!
4. Nana from “Peter Pan”
Nana is epic, definitely one of Disney’s top dogs. I mean, just look at her pouring medicine for the Darling children! She treats them like a human mother, cleaning and caring for them like they’re her own pups. Nana is cherished by the family, and for good reason: Without Nana, the household would be a mess.
3. Dug from “Up”
Being able to speak is legit AF. Granted, Dug didn’t really have anything to do with the creation of the collar that allows him to talk, but even so, he wears it so well. Dug is a fun-loving canine who very quickly drops his not-so-good former master when he meets Carl and Russell. And that’s certainly worthy of recognition!
2. Bruno from “Cinderella”
Bruno comes in a close second in this unofficial ranking of Disney dogs. He’s cute, well mannered and has crazy good instincts. Oh, and spoiler alert (in case you’ve never seen the movie before): He totally frees Cinderella from being locked in her room, allowing her to prove that she was the owner of the glass slipper.
1. Max from “The Little Mermaid”
Max is the ultimate Disney dog! He’s smart, funny and possesses humanlike intelligence. He actually seems to catch on faster than his owner, Prince Eric, and is the one who issues the final bite on the butt that causes Ursula (pretending to be Vanessa) to lose her necklace, thus ending the spell she’d put on Prince Eric. Ariel and Eric are then able to defeat the sea witch and live happily ever, all thanks to Max!