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On the "Stan Steals Christmas" (Dec. 5, 2014) (Credit: Disney Channel / Tony Rivetti)

On the "Stan Steals Christmas" (Dec. 5, 2014) episode of "Dog with a Blog," Stan tries to teach the James-Jennings kids the true meaning behind Christmas by hiding all of their presents.

The best TV dogs: Our favorites

They don't always get top billing, but it's the four-legged stars who often steal the show.

Jim

Not since Eddie on "Frasier" has a dog
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Not since Eddie on "Frasier" has a dog stolen as many scenes as Jim, a Brussels griffon, does on CBS' "Mike & Molly."

Eddie

Played by Moose the Jack Russell terrier, super-smart
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Played by Moose the Jack Russell terrier, super-smart Eddie was a great foil to the uptight title character, played by Kelsey Grammer, on the long-running NBC sitcom "Frasier."

Snoopy

Smart, sassy Snoopy the beagle gives the Peanuts
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Smart, sassy Snoopy the beagle gives the Peanuts Gang cool points in its many TV specials, including the Emmy Award-winning "A Charlie Brown Christmas."

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Rin Tin Tin

Rin Tin Tin IV, the German Shepherd star
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Rin Tin Tin IV, the German Shepherd star of "The Adventures of Rin Tin Tin" in the 1950s, sits before a painting of his illustrious forebear.

Stan

As voiced by actor-comedian Stephen Full, Stan, the
(Credit: Disney Channel / Tony Rivetti)

As voiced by actor-comedian Stephen Full, Stan, the star of "Dog with a Blog," is hilariously deadpan and, often, quite wise as he guides those humans who can hear him talk (the kids) in the sitcom that debuted in 2012.

Flash

Sheriff Roscoe P. Coltrane was rarely without trusty
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Sheriff Roscoe P. Coltrane was rarely without trusty companion Flash the basset hound on CBS' "The Dukes of Hazzard."

Lassie

Lassie the majestic, and so very helpful, collie
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Lassie the majestic, and so very helpful, collie has popped up in a variety of media, including books and film, but it was the popular dramatic TV show on CBS, from 1954 to the early 1970s, that made the pooch a household name.

Wishbone

Wishbone, PBS' literature-loving Jack Russell terrier, imagined himself
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Wishbone, PBS' literature-loving Jack Russell terrier, imagined himself as a number of characters from famous stories. He embodied Ichabod Crane for "Halloween Hound: The Legend of the Creepy Collars," based on Washington Irving's "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow."

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Buck & Lucky

Much like Charlie Brown, Al Bundy (Ed O'Neill)
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Much like Charlie Brown, Al Bundy (Ed O'Neill) didn't get much love from family dog Buck (a Briard, left) on "Married ... with Children." After Buck, Lucky joined the family.

Murray

NBC's 1900s sitcom, "Mad About You," centered around
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NBC's 1900s sitcom, "Mad About You," centered around upwardly mobile New York-based couple Paul (Paul Reiser, center) and Jamie (Helen Hunt, second from left) and their lovable collie mix Murray (Maui).

Happy

The happy family on The WB show, "7th
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The happy family on The WB show, "7th Heaven," had to have a dog named Happy, right?

Boomer

For those who loved the "Benji" movies of
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For those who loved the "Benji" movies of the 1970s and '80s, Boomer filled TV viewers' needs for a lovable mutt on "Here's Boomer," which ran on NBC in the early '80s.

Gidget

Though she didn't have her own TV show,
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Though she didn't have her own TV show, Gidget the Chihuahua might as well have, she was so ubiquitous on commercials as Taco Bell's mascot.

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Santa's Little Helper

Santa's Little Helper (with feline buddy Snowball II)
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Santa's Little Helper (with feline buddy Snowball II) is a retired racing greyhound and a key member of "The Simpsons" clan.

Digby

The lead character of "Pushing Daises," Ned (Lee
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The lead character of "Pushing Daises," Ned (Lee Pace), was able to bring his childhood dog Digby, a golden retriever, back to life. The show debuted on ABC in 2007.

Petey

One of the most well-known TV dogs of
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One of the most well-known TV dogs of all time, Petey of "The Little Rascals" was an American Staffordshire terrier. In the 1994 "Little Rascals" film, however, he was played by an American bulldog (pictured).

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