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Our favorite pop culture animals

From their roles in everything from iconic films to beloved television series and TV commercials, animals have made an indelible mark on popular culture. Whether it be the Taco Bell Chihuahua from the '90s or Petey, the classic pup from "The Little Rascals" series, each character became unforgettable.

Comet: 'Full House'

The Tanners' puppy, Comet, arrived in season 3
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The Tanners' puppy, Comet, arrived in season 3 after Joey and the girls found a golden retriever in their backyard and discovered she was pregnant.

Uggie: 'The Artist'

From the 2011 films
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From the 2011 films "The Artist" and "Water for Elephants," Jack Russell terrier Uggie stole the show in many of his on-screen scenes. Uggie was also the first dog to put his paw prints in cement outside Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood and was honored with the Palm Dog Award at Cannes Film Festival.

Clyde: 'Every Which Way But Loose'

The 1978 adventure comedy film
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The 1978 adventure comedy film "Every Which Way But Loose" features Clint Eastwood as truck driver Philo Beddoe, who travels throughout the San Fernando Valley with his pet orangutan, Clyde, in search of good music, beer and fights.

Flipper: 'Flipper'

In the 1963 film
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In the 1963 film "Flipper," an injured dolphin befriends a young boy living in Coral Key, Florida.

Marley: 'Marley and Me'

The 2008 film
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The 2008 film "Marley and Me," starring Jennifer Aniston and Owen Wilson, centers around newlyweds who adopt a Labrador puppy and how over time the family deals with the love and loss of their beloved family pet.

Toto: 'The Wizard of Oz'

Toto, a Cairn terrier, is one of the
Photo Credit: Warner Bros.

Toto, a Cairn terrier, is one of the most recognized pets in popular culture and film.

Buddy: 'Air Bud'

After his father's death, teenager Josh and his
Photo Credit: Walt Disney Pictures/Kharen Hill

After his father's death, teenager Josh and his family move to Washington state. While adjusting to a new town and life as a high schooler, Josh finds a stray golden retriever, takes him in and names him Buddy. He later discovers his new pup is a talented basketball player.

Gidget the Chihuahua: Taco Bell commercials

In the late 1990s, Gidget the Chihuahua rose
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In the late 1990s, Gidget the Chihuahua rose to fame as Taco Bell's spokesdog, making the tagline "¡Yo quiero Taco Bell!" one unforgettable phrase.

Eddie: 'Frasier'

As Frasier's beloved pet, Eddie's ability to stare
Photo Credit: NBC/Justin Lubin

As Frasier's beloved pet, Eddie's ability to stare at his owner was a running gag throughout the show. The Jack Russel terrier, whose real name was Moose, also played adult Skip in the 2000 film "My Dog Skip."

Petey: 'The Little Rascals'

Known for his role in the 1930s television
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Known for his role in the 1930s television series "Our Gang" (aka "The Little Rascals") Petey was an American bull terrier and one of the most recognizable dogs in Hollywood. His ringed eye was created with makeup.

Dunston: 'Dunston Checks In'

In the 1996 family comedy
Photo Credit: 20th Century Fox/Mark Fellman

In the 1996 family comedy "Dunston Checks In," an evil jewel thief uses Dunston the orangutan to rob guests staying at a luxury hotel. When Dunston escapes, he is discovered by a young boy named Kyle who promises to keep him safe, and the two pals get into a ton of mischief.

Beethoven: 'Beethoven'

The St. Bernard was the lovable Newton family
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The St. Bernard was the lovable Newton family pet in the film "Beethoven" and its sequels.

Happy: '7th Heaven'

Happy played the Camden family's loyal canine throughout
Photo Credit: The WB/Bill Reitzel

Happy played the Camden family's loyal canine throughout the series, which ran from 1996-2007.

Hooch: 'Turner and Hooch'

Police officer and neat freak Scott Turner, played
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Police officer and neat freak Scott Turner, played by Tom Hanks, inherits Hooch, a Dogue de Bordeaux breed, when his friend is killed. The pair teams up to solve the murder case -- and hilarity ensues.

Wishbone: 'Wishbone'

The children's television series
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The children's television series "Wishbone," which ran from 1995 to 1998, tells the tale of a Jack Russell terrier named Wishbone who lives with the Talbot family. The pup's real-life adventures are played out with classic characters from literature and history.

Benji: 'Benji'

The 1974 film
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The 1974 film "Benji" tells the story of a stray dog who often roams his Texas town without a bother. But when his two favorite children are kidnapped, he springs into action to save the day.

Salem: 'Sabrina the Teenage Witch'

Salem Saberhagen, the family pet in the 1996-2003
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Salem Saberhagen, the family pet in the 1996-2003 comedy series "Sabrina the Teenage Witch," had a bond with teenage owner Sabrina and a desire for world domination, becoming rich and famous and becoming human again.

'101 Dalmatians'

From Disney's
Photo Credit: Disney Enterprises, Inc. / Clive Coote

From Disney's "101 Dalmatians," Pongo, Perdita and their enormous litter of pups are among the most recognizable and iconic animal clans in film.

The shark: 'Jaws'

In the 1975 film
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In the 1975 film "Jaws," the great white shark terrorized the small town of Amity Island and wreaked havoc that kept some moviegoers from the beach for years to come.

Arnold Ziffel: 'Green Acres'

Photo Credit: CBS

"Green Acres," which aired from 1965-1971, featured Arnold Ziffel, who may be one of the smartest pigs in television history. The swine attends town meetings, watches TV and is artistically talented.

Lassie: 'Lassie'

The Turner family moves from the city to
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The Turner family moves from the city to rural Virginia and adopts an abandoned collie named Lassie, whose owner died in an accident. Lassie helps the family adapt to their new surroundings and becomes a loyal friend.

Stan: 'Dog With a Blog'

Stan, of The Disney Channel comedy series
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Stan, of The Disney Channel comedy series "Dog With a Blog," can talk and runs a blog, on which he discuses the happenings of his family's household.

Babe: 'Babe'

In the 1995 family film
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In the 1995 family film "Babe," a pig proves that giving up is not an option.

Old Yeller: 'Old Yeller'

Living on a Texas ranch, the Coates family
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Living on a Texas ranch, the Coates family discovers a dog they name "Old Yeller." Originally the family considered him a troubled runaway who damages one of their fields. But they grow to appreciate him after he saves their son from a bear attack.

Sandy: 'Annie'

From the musical
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From the musical "Annie," Sandy was the young girl's loyal companion.

Grumpy Cat: 'Grumpy Cat's Worst Christmas Ever'

Grumpy Cat is known for her annoyed expression,
Photo Credit: AP / Richard Vogel

Grumpy Cat is known for her annoyed expression, and she has been featured on social media and even had her own Lifetime movie.

Mister Ed the horse: 'Mister Ed'

Mister Ed was the hilarious talking horse who
Photo Credit: AP

Mister Ed was the hilarious talking horse who acted more like a human than an animal, pictured with his onscreen owner Wilbur Post played by Alan Young.

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