For many of us humans in the real world, pets - more specifically, dogs - are a necessity because they're our best friends. Dogs provide companionship, they love us even when we don't love ourselves and they make us laugh whether we want to or not.
And they do the same thing in the world of animation - sometimes even going a bit further by being able to speak English, fly, save the world or cook world-class dishes. If only our real-life furry friends could do such things! In honor of all the dogs who've frequented our favorite cartoons, we want to test your knowledge and see how well you can recognize them.
Now, this won't be an easy quiz, because we're not going to show you the dog with its cute face and bright colors. We're going to show you the dog's silhouette. It'll be up to you to look for the telltale signs that'll help you correctly guess who is who. And to make sure you don't get stuck, we're going to give you some clues that'll point to what the answer is.
So, if you think you're up to the challenge of guessing which dog is which, go ahead and try this quiz.
Goofy is a tall, clumsy, dimwitted and occasionally clever anthropomorphic dog who speaks with a Southern drawl. Of course, he's part of the Disney family.
Scooby-Doo is a talking brown Great Dane who is best friends with Shaggy Rogers. The two share a love of food, particularly Scooby snacks.
Brian Griffin is the canine member of the Griffin family and is particularly close to Peter and Stewie, embarking on several adventures with the two. He's quite humanlike - down to his name, Brian.
Snoopy is the pet beagle of Charlie Brown. He is portrayed as loyal, good-natured, innocent, imaginative and occasionally lazy and selfish.
Underdog is the heroic alter ego of Shoeshine Boy. He appears whenever his love interest Sweet Polly Purebred is in danger.
Santa's Little Helper is the pet greyhound of the Simpson family. They took him in after his former owner abandoned him for coming in last place in a greyhound race.
Astro is the canine companion of the futuristic Jetson family. He is depicted as loyal, clumsy and dimwitted, with a basic grasp of the English language.
Huckleberry Hound is a blue dog who speaks with a southern drawl. This Hanna-Barbera dog is portrayed as sweet, relaxed and well-intentioned.
Droopy is a white dog with black floppy ears and orange hair. He is characterized by his monotone speech and slow, lethargic movements.
As his name suggests, Clifford is a giant, male red dog. His large size frequently gets him and his friends in trouble.
Pongo is the Dalmatian pet of Roger and the mate of Perdita. Pongo fathered fifteen of the ninety-nine Dalmatian puppies.
Augie Doggie is the boisterous and ambitious son of Doggie Daddy. Augie has a great desire to make his father proud.
Mr. Peabody is a white, anthropomorphic genius dog who, out of loneliness, adopts a human boy named Sherman as his son. This dog wears glasses.
Pluto, also known as Pluto the Pup, is the pet of Mickey Mouse. He is identified by his medium size, yellow-orange fur, black ears and green collar. This Disney dog doesn't speak.
Marshall is a clumsy Dalmatian who serves as the team's firedog and medic on Nickelodeon's "PAW Patrol." He drives a fire truck that transforms into an ambulance.
Bolt is a white shepherd who, having spent his entire life on the set of a television show, believes he has the superpowers of his fictional counterpart. His 2008 movie is named for him.
Blue is a cheerful and vivacious light blue female puppy with dark blue spots. Every episode, she plays a game with her owners and viewers, on the show called "Blue's Clues."
Deputy Dawg is the titular character of the 1959-1972 show of the same name. He is depicted as a white deputy sheriff dog who, despite his ineptitude, manages to catch the villains.
The real-life Balto is a male wolfdog who participated in the 1925 serum run to Nome, Alaska, to help save children during a diphtheria epidemic. The movie "Balto" was released in 1995.
Odie is a dimwitted dachshund/terrier mix with yellow fur and brown ears. He is frequently teased and insulted by Garfield the cat, due to his trusting nature and lack of intelligence.
Courage is a pink dog with black spots who frequently saves his elderly owners from a variety of supernatural and extraterrestrial creatures. "Courage the Cowardly Dog" ran from 1999 to 2002.
Dug is a golden retriever who is able to communicate with humans using a special device placed on his collar. He appeared in the Pixar movie "Up."
Jake is the best friend and adoptive brother of Finn. He is a shape-shifting bulldog whose body is able to stretch, grow and shrink in size. He appeared in "Adventure Time."
Krypto is a white canine and the pet dog of Superman. Due to his Kryptonian physiology, he possesses similar abilities to Superman, such as super strength, speed and flight.
Hong Kong Phooey is the main character of the 1974 to 1975 show of the same name. He is a clumsy superhero who works at a police station as a mild-mannered janitor.
Lady is a brown-haired American cocker spaniel and the love interest of Tramp, who saves her from the dog catchers. Who can ever forget their romantic spaghetti scene?
Muttley is a character of the animated series "Wacky Races." He is the sidekick of Dick Dastardly and is identified by his seaweed-green fur, red hat and red scarf.
Ren is a scrawny, emotionally unstable chihuahua and the best friend of Stimpy. He has cream-colored fur, neon pink eyes and jagged monolithic teeth.
Bruno is a brown bloodhound and Cinderella's pet dog. He was transformed into a footman by the Fairy Godmother.
Slinky Dog is a toy dachshund with a Southern accent. His head, feet and tail are plastic, while the rest of his body is made of a metal Slinky.
Doki is an adventure-loving seven-year-old dog with white fur, black ears and a black patch over one eye. He wears a green backpack and a matching cap.
Bolivar is the pet St. Bernard of Donald Duck. He has shaggy light brown fur on his head and body and white fur around his neck and paws.
Tramp is a stray mongrel and the love interest of Lady. He is skilled at avoiding dog catchers and picking locks with his nose.
Spike is the pet dog of the Pickles family and the best animal friend of Tommy Pickles. This "Rugrats" character has brown fur with two grey spots and wears a red collar.
Gromit is the pet beagle and best friend of Wallace. He is depicted as intelligent and enjoys knitting, cooking, reading the newspaper and playing chess.
In "Jonny Quest," Bandit is the pet bulldog of the Quest family. He wears a blue collar and has white fur with a black mask around his eyes.
Jerry the Tyke is a silent film era cartoon dog. He has white fur with black ears and a black circular outline around one eye.
Spike is a grey American bulldog who occasionally finds himself in the middle of Tom and Jerry's antics. His first appearance was way back in 1942.
Goddard is the loyal, playful and resourceful pet robot dog of Jimmy Neutron. He is able to fly, has several built-in gadgets and is able to extend his neck and limbs.
Brandy is a pampered and short-tempered female dog who, along with a rabbit called Mr. Whiskers, finds herself lost in the Amazon rainforest. "Brandy & Mr. Whiskers" ran from 2004 to 2006.