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100+ Heartwarming Disney Dog Movies on Disney Plus

Dogs are loyal and loving creatures that make wonderful pets. So it’s no wonder that Disney has made many movies over the decades with pups as the stars!

And now, with Disney+, you can stream your favorites with your subscription or free trial.

Check out this list of the best Disney dog movies on Disney Plus, perfect for a heartwarming movie marathon with your furry friends at home.

We’ll start with a list of what’s new this year, then move on to summaries of everything available, and end with a list of my top 10 picks with fun superlatives like best soundtrack, best date night pick, etc.

NOTE: This post may contain spoilers to movie or show plots. These movies and shows are available to stream on Disney+ in the US as of publication time, unless otherwise noted. Availability can change at any time.

New dog movies on Disney Plus in 2023

As I’m sure the title of this post gave away, Disney has tons of dog content on its streaming service!

If you’re just looking for something new to watch, here’s a quick list of new dog movies on Disney Plus in 2023.

  1. Aquamania, starring Goofy – added July 7, 2023
  2. Goofy Gymnastics – added July 7, 2023
  3. Goofy & Wilbur – added August 11, 2023
  4. Bone Trouble, starring Pluto – added September 8, 2023
  5. Playful Pluto – added September 8, 2023
  6. Pluto, Junior – added September 8, 2023
  7. Air Bud (1997) – added October 1, 2023
  8. Air Bud: Golden Receiver (1998) – added October 1, 2023
  9. Air Bud: World Pup (2000) – added October 1, 2023
  10. Air Bud: Seventh Inning Fetch (2002) – added October 1, 2023
  11. Air Bud: Spikes Back (2003) – added October 1, 2023
  12. Mickey & Friends: Trick or Treats – added October 2, 2023

101 Dalmatians (1961)

  • Director: Clyde Geronimi, Hamilton S. Luske, Wolfgang Reitherman
  • Genre: Animation
  • Rated: G
  • Voiced by: Rod Taylor (Pongo), Cate Bauer (Perdita), Betty Lou Gerson (Cruella de Vil)
  • Perfect for: family movie night

One of Disney’s animated classics, this film features notorious villain Cruella de Vil, who steals all the Dalmatian puppies in London – for the cruel purpose of making a Dalmatian fur coat. 

Pongo and Perdita, 2 Dalmatian parents whose 15 pups were stolen, lead the pack in rescuing the stolen puppies before it’s too late.

Also streaming: 101 Dalmations II: Patch’s London Adventure (2003)

101 Dalmatians (1996)

  • Director: Stephen Herek
  • Genre: Family
  • Rated: G
  • Starring: Glenn Close (Cruella de Vil), Jeff Daniels (Roger), Joely Richardson (Anita)
  • Perfect for: family movie night

This live-action remake follows the same story as the original 1961 animated classic film, with the iconic Glenn Close in the villainess role.

Also streaming: 102 Dalmatians (2000), Cruella (2021)

Air Bud movies

Ever since Disney Plus debuted, I’ve been wondering why the Air Bud movies were missing.

But all that changed on October 1, 2023! Now all five of the original Air Bud sports themed movies are available to stream on Disney+.

The iconic Disney movies with dogs available to stream for your next sporty family movie night include:

  1. Air Bud (1997)
  2. Air Bud: Golden Receiver (1998)
  3. Air Bud: World Pup (2000)
  4. Air Bud: Seventh Inning Fetch (2002)
  5. Air Bud: Spikes Back (2003)

Because of Winn-Dixie (2005)

  • Director: Wayne Wang
  • Genre: Family
  • Rated: PG
  • Starring: AnnaSophia Robb, Jeff Daniels
  • Perfect for: when you want a sad and heartwarming story

Based on a book of the same name, Because of Winn-Dixie is about a young girl who adopts a stray pup who helps her heal after her mother passed away, as well as connect better with her heartbroken father.

Benji: The Hunted (1987)

  • Director: Joe Camp
  • Genre: Adventure
  • Rated: G
  • Starring: Red Steagall, Benjean
  • Perfect for: an adventurous movie night for millennial and gen x families

In this movie, Benji, a canine actor, and his trainer are in a boat accident that separates them.

Benji makes his way to shore to a rugged area that he must cross to get to safety, adopting cougar cubs along the way.

NOTE: There are multiple Benji films, but this is the only one produced by Disney, so the others aren’t likely to be added.

The Biscuit Eater (1972)

  • Director: Vincent McEveety
  • Genre: Family
  • Rated: G
  • Starring: Johnnie Whitaker (Lonnie), George Spell (Text)
  • Perfect for: Gen X family movie night

A young boy, Lonnie, and his friend, Text, train a bumbling dog into a champion bird dog, much to the surprise of Lonnie’s dad, who is a dog trainer. 

This is a remake of film from the 1940s but the original is not on Disney+.

Bolt (2008)

  • Director: Byron Howard & Chris Williams
  • Genre: Animation
  • Rated: G
  • Voiced by: John Travolta (Bolt), Miley Cyrus (Penny)
  • Perfect for: Family movie night with your fur friend(s)

This film focuses on Bolt (John Travolta), a pup that’s an actor who thinks he’s a superhero because he’s played one on TV his entire life! 

One day Bolt is separated from his owner and co-star, Penny (Miley Cyrus), and accidentally sent across the country to NYC. 

In his journey to make his way back to Penny, who he thinks is in danger after filming a scene where she is kidnapped, he discovers the truth about his super powers.

Bolt also features the voices of Susie Essman (Mittens), Nick Swardson (Blake), Randy Savage (Thug), James Lipton (The Director), and Chloë Grace Moretz (young Penny).

The Call of the Wild (2020)

  • Director: Chris Sanders
  • Genre: Adventure
  • Rated: PG
  • Starring: Harrison Ford
  • Perfect for: Fans of the eponymous novel or when you’re looking for lighthearted adventure

In this adventurous story, a lovable dog named Buck finds himself on a wild adventure in the Yukon during the Gold Rush.

Along the way, he meets the rugged and handsome John Thornton (Harrison Ford) who becomes his loyal companion.

Based on the Jack London book of the same name, this film truly captures the beauty of the wilderness and the bond between man and man’s best friend.

So, if you’re looking for a heartwarming film with a touch of adventure, grab some popcorn and settle in for The Call of the Wild.

Dr. Dolittle 3 (1998)

  • Director: Rich Thorne
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Rated: PG-13
  • Starring: Kyla Pratt
  • Perfect for: when you want a funny movie starring cute animals

Maya Dolittle discovers she has inherited her dad’s ability to talk to animals.

She tries to hide her ability from her fellow teen friends…until they run into trouble and she realizes unveiling her gift is their only way out.

Unfortunately, Dr. Dolittle (1998) and Dr. Dolittle 2 (2001) are not available on Disney+. Last checked October 9, 2023.

Eight Below (2006)

  • Director: Frank Marshall
  • Genre: Adventure, Survival
  • Rated: PG
  • Starring: Paul Walker, Jason Biggs
  • Perfect for: when you want a movie with dogs as the true stars or a survival-type adventure film

One of the best dog movies on Disney Plus, and a personal favorite, is Eight Below. It’s a tearjerker, but definitely worth a watch.

After a snowstorm approaches Antarctica, Jerry (Paul Walker), a sled dog guide, is forced to leave his dogs. The rescue pilot promises to return to retrieve the dogs, but ultimately isn’t able to.

Unfortunately the storm prevents the immediate return and conditions are too bad to return.

Jerry makes it his mission to return to Antarctica to rescue his dogs, but is unable to raise the financing to return. Will he make it back in time to rescue them?

Far From Home: The Adventures of Yellow Dog (1995)

  • Director: Phillip Borsos
  • Genre: Adventure
  • Rated: PG
  • Starring: Jesse Bradford (of Bring it On fame), Dakotah (Yellow Dog)
  • Perfect for: when you want to watch an adventurous family-friendly film and fans of Bring it On

In this 90s movie, a young teen named Angus and his dog fall overboard during a storm while sailing with family.

They reach shore in a remote area and only have each other to survive. Will they make it?

Fox & the Hound (1981)

  • Director: Ted Berman, Richard Rich, Art Stevens
  • Genre: Animation
  • Rated: G
  • Voiced by: Keith Coogan (Young Tod), Mickey Rooney (Old Tod), Corey Feldman (Young Copper), Kurt Russell (Copper)
  • Perfect for: when you want a heartwarming film about friendship

This adorable buddy movie centers around an unconventional friendship between a hound dog named Copper and an orphaned fox named Tod.

Copper and Tod’s odd friendship causes some clashes as they get older, leading to a showdown where they must decide to protect one another or protect themselves. 

This dog movie on Disney Plus is one of my childhood favorites, so much so, I convinced my grandfather to name one of his cats Copper!

Also streaming: Fox & the Hound 2 (2006)

Frankenweenie (1984)

  • Director: Tim Burton
  • Genre: Science Fiction
  • Rated: PG
  • Starring: Barret Oliver, Shelley Duvall, Daniel Stern, Sofia Coppola (voice of Domino)
  • Perfect for: old school Tim Burton vibes or an 80s Halloween night

This film is a fun twist on the classic Frankenstein story.

After his dog, Sparky, passes away, Victor is determined to bring him back to life – at any cost.

Frankenweenie (2012)

  • Director: Tim Burton
  • Genre: Animation
  • Rated: PG
  • Voiced by: Catherine O’Hara, Winona Ryder, Martin Short
  • Perfect for: Tim Burton fans and stop-motion animation fanatics

Tim Burton’s animated take on his 1984 live-action film of the same name with a star-studded cast.

Like many of Burton’s animated films, Frankenweenie is filmed in stop-motion.

A Goofy Movie (1995)

  • Director: Kevin Lima
  • Genre: Animation
  • Rated: G
  • Voiced by: Bill Farmer (Goofy), Jason Marsden (Max), Kellie Martin (Roxanne)
  • Perfect for: 90s kids (with or without their kids!)

One of the most iconic dog movies on Disney Plus from the 90s is this movie right here.

Goofy embarks on a road trip with his son, Max, who, like a typical teen, is embarrassed by his Dad’s goofiness. Will their trip mend their bond?

Also streaming: An Extremely Goofy Movie (2000)

Greyfriars Bobby: The True Story of a Dog (1961)

  • Director: Don Chaffey
  • Genre: Family
  • Rated: This film is not rated.
  • Starring: Alex Mackenzie
  • Perfect for: True story fans or when you need a good cry

Set in Scotland, Greyfriars Bobby, is based on a true story of a Skye terrier pup named Bobby and his best friend, Old Jock, a shepherd. 

Based on the novel Greyfriars Bobby by Eleanor Atkinson, this is one of those stories that proves dog is man’s best friend.

Homeward Bound (1993)

  • Director: Duwayne Dunham
  • Genre: Family
  • Rated: G
  • Voiced by: Don Ameche (Shadow), Sally Field (Sassy), Michael J. Fox (Chance)
  • Perfect for: Family movie night with the fur fam

In this remake of The Incredible Journey, three pets, Chance (an American Bulldog), Sassy (a Himalayan cat), and Shadow (a Golden Retriever), set off on an adventure through the Sierra Nevada mountains, to find their humans, who have left them in the care of a friend.

Also streaming: Homeward Bound 2 (1996)

Hounded (2001)

  • Director: Neal Israel
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Rated: G
  • Starring: Craig Kirkwood, Shia LeBeouf, Tahj Mowry
  • Perfect for: Millennial and Gen Z family movie night

In this Disney Channel original movie, Jay, who is competing for a scholarship, has his speech confiscated by the school headmaster.

The headmaster’s son then uses Jay’s speech to win the scholarship for himself.

But, Jay decides to fight back, so he steals his speech back in order to prove the speech was actually his.

However, the headmaster’s wife’s show pup, who is quite the handful, follows him home.

When an investigation into the missing pup starts up, Jay must figure out how to make things right again.

How Dogs Got Their Shapes (2015)

  • Genre: Documentary
  • Rated: PG
  • Starring: Jake Roberts
  • Perfect for: People who want to learn more about dogs

This Nat Geo documentary isn’t just a treat for dog lovers, it’s also a fascinating look at the science behind why our furry friends look the way they do.

It’s like learning about dog anatomy, but way more fun than memorizing bones and muscles (sorry, medical students).

And let’s be honest, who wouldn’t want to spend 44 minutes watching adorable pups prance around on screen?

The Incredible Journey (1963)

  • Director: Fletcher Markle
  • Genre:
  • Rated: G
  • Starring: John Drainie, Émile Genest, Tommy Tweed
  • Perfect for: Fans of the 90s film Homeward Bound and family movie night with the fur babies

Based on the novel of the same name, three pets, Bodger (a English Bull Terrier), Luath (a Yellow Lab), and Tao (a Siamese cat), cross the Ontario wilderness to find their family, who has left them in the care of a young bachelor.

This is the original “Homeward Bound” film!

Iron Will (1994)

  • Director: Charles Haid
  • Genre: Adventure
  • Rated: PG
  • Starring: Mackenzie Astin
  • Perfect for: Adventure movie lovers

After his father’s passing leaves the family financially devastated, Will (Mackenzie Astin) enters a sled dog race in an attempt to win the $10,000 prize – despite lacking any experience.

Isle of Dogs (2018)

  • Director: Wes Anderson
  • Genre: Animation
  • Rated: PG-13
  • Starring: Bryan Cranston, Edward Norton, Koyu Rankin
  • Perfect for: stop-motion animation fans

Wes Anderson, the king of quirky films, has done it again with his 2018 film, Isle of Dogs.

This stop-motion animated wonder takes place in a dystopian future in Japan where all dogs are exiled to Trash Island.

This isn’t your typical post-apocalyptic drama, though. Instead, it features whimsical characters with a charming story paired with Anderson’s distinct visual style.

Lady & the Tramp (1955)

  • Director: Clyde Geronimi, Wilfred Jackson, Hamilton Luske
  • Genre: Animation
  • Rated: G
  • Starring: Barbara Luddy (Lady), Larry Roberts (Tramp), Peggy Lee (Darling), Bill Thompson (Jock)
  • Perfect for: classic family movie night for all ages or even a romantic movie night for a date!

In this movie, Lady, a posh cocker spaniel, falls in love with Tramp, a stray mutt. 

This animated film is known for the iconic scene where the 2 dine on spaghetti in an alley next to an Italian restaurant, where they both accidentally slurp the same noodle, nearly kissing. So cute.

Two of the directors, Clyde Geronimi and Hamilton Luske went on to also co-direct the original animated version of 101 Dalmatians just a few years later!

Also streaming: Lady & the Tramp 2 (2001)

Lady & the Tramp (2019)

Screenshot featuring Lady and the Tramp, one of many dog movies on Disney Plus.
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  • Director: Charlie Bean
  • Genre: Family, Romance
  • Rated: PG
  • Voiced by: Tessa Thompson (Lady), Justin Theroux (Tramp), Janelle Monáe (Peg), Sam Elliot (Trusty), Benedict Wong (Bull)
  • Perfect for: a not-so-Christmasy Christmas movie night or a movie date night

This delightful live-action remake of the classic animated film is a Disney+ original movie with a modern twist compared to the original animated film. 

Many of the dogs are voiced by some of today’s top entertainers, such as Justin Theroux, Tessa Thompson, Sam Elliott, and Janelle Monáe.

Life is Ruff (2005)

  • Director: Charles Haid
  • Genre: Family
  • Rated: G
  • Starring: Kyle Massey, Kay Panabaker
  • Perfect for: movie night with tweens and teens

In this movie, pre-teen Calvin (Kyle Massey) desperately wants to buy a rare comic book, but doesn’t have enough money. 

After hearing about show dogs from a neighbor, he decides to adopt a dog to enter into a show with a $5000 prize. But the only pup left at the pound is a ruff-and-tumble mutt. 

Will Calvin and his mutt win the top prize??

Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmas (1999)

  • Directors: Jun Falkenstein, Alex Mann, Bradley Raymond
  • Genre: Animation
  • Rated: This film is not rated.
  • Narrated by: Kelsey Grammar
  • Perfect for: distracting the kiddos on Christmas eve

In this classic Christmas movie, Mickey and friends tell stories about Christmases past.

It’s kind of like 3 short films packaged into 1 feature length film, with 1 film starring Goofy and Max.

Mickey’s Twice Upon a Christmas (2004)

  • Directors: Theresa Cullen
  • Genre: Animation
  • Rated: G
  • Narrated by: Clive Revill
  • Voiced by: Bill Farmer (Goofy), Jason Marsden (Max)
  • Perfect for: a family holiday movie night

Mickey and his friends, including Goofy, Max, and Pluto, star in an original Christmas movie about discovering the joy of the season.

My Dog, The Thief (1969)

  • Director: Robert Stevenson
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Rated: PG
  • Starring: Dwayne Hickman
  • Perfect for: family movie night

Jack Crandall, a helicopter traffic reporter, discovers that his dog and partner, a St. Bernard named Barabbas, has stolen a pricey necklace from jewel thieves.

Old Yeller (1957)

  • Director: Robert Stevenson
  • Genre: Family
  • Rated: This film is not rated.
  • Starring: Tommy Kirk, Dorothy McGuire, Fess Parker
  • Perfect for: movie time with the grandparents and grandkids

This classic film is a heartbreaking tale about 2 young boys who encounter a stray dog, Old Yeller, who ends up having a massive impact on their life despite it not exactly being love at first sight.

Oliver & Company (1988)

  • Director: George Scribner
  • Genre: Animation, Musical
  • Rated: G
  • Voiced by: Joey Lawrence (Oliver), Billy Joel (Dodger), Dom Deloise (Fagin), Cheech Marin (Tito), Bette Midler (Georgette), Sheryl Lee Ralph (Rita),
  • Perfect for: Charles Dickens fans or just a good ol’ fashioned family movie night

Loosely based on Charles Dickens’ Oliver Twist, Oliver & Company tells the story of a street dog in New York City named Dodger and a stray cat named Oliver.

Dodger is the lead of a stray dog street gang that scams and steals to get by, while Fagin is their human leader.

Dodger reluctantly takes Oliver in after he proves his worth in one of his shakedowns.

After a scam goes wrong that leads to Oliver being adopted by a wealthy family, the gang conspires to kidnap and hold him for ransom. 

Will he make it back to his new cozy home and owner, Jenny, or will he be stuck in a life of struggles? Watch to find out!

Oliver & Company was another one of my favorite Disney dog movies that inspired one of my childhood pets’ name – a gray striped cat named Oliver!

The Search for Santa Paws (2010)

  • Director: Robert Vince
  • Genre: Family
  • Rated: G
  • Starring: Kaitlyn Maher (Quinn), Madison Pettis (Willamina), Richard Riehle (Santa), Danny Woodburn (Elf), Wendy McLendon-Covey (Ms. Stout)
  • Perfect for: Family Christmas movie night with the fur fam

In this adorable live-action Christmas movie, Santa visits New York City with his dog, Paws, to visit his holiday ambassadors. 

The 2 become separated after an accident that leaves Santa with amnesia. After wandering the streets, Paws crosses paths with an orphan, Quinn, who is stuck in an abusive orphanage for girls run by Ms. Stout.

Will Santa regain his memory? Will the girls be saved from their miserable situation? Watch to find out!

Also streaming: Santa Paws 2 (2012)

The Shaggy Dog (1959)

  • Director: Charles Barton
  • Genre: Comedy, Family
  • Rated: This film is not rated.
  • Starring: Annette Funicello, Jean Hagen, Fred MacMurray, Tommy Kirk
  • Perfect for: spy film fans or a comedy with a twist

This quirky film tells the story of Wilson Daniels, a mail carrier who often clashes with dogs, and his son, Wilby, who magically turns into a shaggy sheepdog!

The only way Wilby can turn back into a human is by doing something brave.

Oh and there’s a subplot about international spies, too, which is just so ’50s!

Unfortunately the early 2000s remake starring Tim Allen is not streaming on Disney+ as of October 9, 2023.

Also streaming: The Shaggy D.A. (1976)

Snow Dogs (2002)

  • Director: Brian Levant
  • Genre: Comedy, Family
  • Rated: G
  • Starring: Cuba Gooding Jr. (Dr. Ted Brooks), James Coburn, Sisqó
  • Perfect for: when you’re looking for a fish-out-of-water type of story

Dr. Ted Brooks, a dentist from Miami, receives a mysterious inheritance with a catch.

In order to receive the inheritance, he must move across the country to Alaska and compete in a dog sledding race.

Will this made-for-the-sun dentist survive the cold Alaskan weather? Will he even know how to handle Alaskan sled dogs? Watch to find out!

Super Buddies (2013)

  • Director: Robert Vince
  • Genre: Family
  • Rated: G
  • Starring: Trey Loney, John Ratzenberger, Amy Sedaris, Debra Jo Rupp
  • Perfect for:

The 2000s were jam-packed with Disney dog movies, such as Super Buddies, and the other “Buddies” films.

In this installment, the fab 5 dog buddies become secret superheroes and must save the planet from an alien force.

My favorite part of this fun family film are the cameos by Amy Sedaris, who voices Betty, and Debra Jo Rupp, who voices Cow.

Also streaming:

  1. Snow Buddies (2008)
  2. Santa Buddies (2009)
  3. Space Buddies (2009)
  4. Spooky Buddies (2011)
  5. Treasure Buddies (2012)

The original Buddies film, Air Buddies, is not available to stream on Disney+ as of October 9, 2023.

Teacher’s Pet (2004)

  • Director: Timothy Björklund
  • Genre: Animation, Musical
  • Rated: PG
  • Voiced by: Shaun Fleming (Leonard), Nathan Lane (Spot), Debra Jo Rupp (Mrs. Helperman)
  • Perfect for:

It’s time to dig up a classic 2000s Disney flick from the vault, Teacher’s Pet.

Spot is a pet dog who wants nothing more than to be a human boy.

In fact, he lives a double life as a student named Scott in alongside his human, Leonard.

However, their teacher, Mrs. Helperman, who is also their mom, has no idea.

When Mrs. Helperman is nominated for an award, Spot/Scott goes with them to the ceremony so he can meet with a scientist nearby who claims he can turn animals into humans.

Will Spot be able to realize his dream and if so, is it as grand as he thought it would be?

In addition to the three leads, Kelsey Grammar, Megan Mullally, Paul Ruebens, Wallace Shawn, and Jerry Stiller also voice characters in this under-the-radar film.

Disney Channel star Christy Carlson Romano is also featured on the soundtrack.

Togo (2019)

Screenshot with a man and about a dozen sled dogs in the snow from one of many dog movies on Disney Plus, Togo.
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  • Director: Ericson Core
  • Genre: Adventure
  • Rated: PG
  • Starring: Willem Dafoe
  • Perfect for: when you’re snowed in or home sick

Loosely based on a true story, diptheria strikes a super rural town in Alaska. The cure is 600 miles away, across treacherous terrain. 

A dog sled relay is arranged to get the cure to those affected.

Dogsled trainer Leonhard Seppala (Willem Dafoe), sets off on the longest, most treacherous stretch in the relay with Togo leading his pack, despite being considered small and weak.

Will they make the run successfully and help save the townsfolk?

Turner & Hooch (1989)

  • Director: Roger Spottiswoode
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Rated: PG
  • Starring: Tom Hanks (Scott Turner), Mare Winningham (Dr. Emily Carson), Craig T. Nelson (Chief Howard Hyde)
  • Perfect for: when you can’t decide between a comedy or a crime flick

In this popular 80s movie, Tom Hanks plays a neat-freak police detective named Scott who is forced to adopt a slobbery dog who witnessed a murder he is investigating.

There used to be a Disney+ original series based on this movie, starring Josh Peck, but it was unfortunately removed from the service in May 2023.

Underdog (2007)

  • Director: Frederik Du Chau
  • Genre: Action, Family
  • Rated: PG
  • Starring: Jason Lee (Underdog), Peter Dinklage (Dr. Simon Barsinister),
  • Perfect for: when you want a superhero flick but Marvel is too intense or too mature for the kiddos

A beagle named Shoeshine finds out he has superpowers after an accident in a mad scientist’s lab.

Shoeshine must save the day when he discovers the mad scientist is plotting to destroy their city.

In addition to Jason Lee and Peter Dinklage, Amy Adams, Samantha Bee, Jim Belushi, Brad Garrett, Taylor Momsen, and John Slattery also have roles in the film.

White Fang (1991)

  • Director: Randal Kleiser
  • Genre: Adventure
  • Rated: PG
  • Starring: Ethan Hawke
  • Perfect for: Fans of adventure and survivalist type films and of course, Ethan Hawke fans!

This movie centers around Jack (Ethan Hawke), a teen who sets off to accomplish his late father’s dream of striking gold in the wilderness of Canada.

During his journey, Jack encounters a wolf-dog, White Fang, who he tames and befriends despite his fear and the two brave the wilderness together.

This film is based on the novel, White Fang, by Jack London. London also helped pen the script.

Lastly, Netflix did an animated remake of White Fang in 2018!

Also streaming: White Fang 2 (1994)

World’s Greatest Dogs (2016)

  • Genre: Documentary
  • Rated: PG
  • Perfect for: when you’re feeling in the mood for a documentary

From the smallest Chihuahua to the biggest Great Dane, National Geographic takes you on a journey of the most incredible dogs from around the world in World’s Greatest Dogs.

Prepare to see your heart melt as these pooches steal the show on screen.

They showcase the loyal service pups, the brave rescue dogs, and the sweetest of companions, amongst other good doggies.

You Lucky Dog (1998)

  • Director: Paul Schneider
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Rated: G
  • Starring: Kirk Cameron (Jack Morgan)
  • Perfect for: a family-friendly crime movie night

A dog psychiatrist, Jack Morgan, claims to be able to read dogs’ minds but really can’t – until he meets a new patient, Lucky.

Morgan’s practice is shut down due to allegations of fraud shortly after. However, Lucky’s owner passes away and leaves a hefty fortune to Lucky with Morgan appointed as its trustee.

Morgan ends up helping Lucky to find out what really happened to his owner in this comedic Disney Channel original movie.

Saludos Amigos (1943)

  • Director: Norman Ferguson, Wilfred Jackson, Jack Kinney, Hamilton Luske, Bill Roberts
  • Genre: Animation
  • Rated: PG
  • Voiced by: Pinto Colvig (Goofy)
  • Perfect for: those interested in vintage Disney films and shorts

This 1940s Disney film is pretty much four shorter films wrapped up into one.

El Gaucho Goofy is the only segment to feature a dog (Goofy), but the rest of the film is still worth a watch.

And this is weird – but it was actually commissioned by the US Department of the State.

Yes, that’s right – it’s actually a propaganda film to help forge a better, kinder connection with Latin America!

It’s also what inspired The Three Caballeros, aka the stars of the Mexico pavilion at Disney World’s Epcot theme park.

Short films featuring dogs

Photo still from Goofy: How to Stay at Home, a Disney short film featuring the classic character.
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Disney has released a whole bunch of restored short films on their streaming service this year.

Here’s a list of all the short films on Disney+ that feature canine characters:

  1. Aquamania, starring Goofy
  2. Bone Bandit, featuring Pluto
  3. Bone Trouble, starring Pluto
  4. Canine Caddy, featuring Pluto
  5. Donald’s Dog Laundry, featuring Pluto
  6. Dug Days: Carl’s Date
  7. Feast
  8. Goofy & Wilbur
  9. Goofy Double Dribble
  10. Goofy Gymnastics
  11. Goofy How to Fish
  12. Goofy How to Play Baseball
  13. Goofy How to Play Football
  14. Goofy How to Swim
  15. Goofy in How to Stay at Home
  16. Goofy Knight for a Day
  17. Goofy The Art of Skiing
  18. Lonesome Ghosts
  19. Mickey & Friends: Trick or Treats
  20. Mickey Down Under, featuring Pluto
  21. Mickey Saves Christmas
  22. The New Neighbor, featuring Pete
  23. The Olympic Champ, featuring Goofy
  24. Playful Pluto
  25. Pluto and the Gopher
  26. Pluto, Junior
  27. Pluto Lend a Paw
  28. Pluto Mail Dog
  29. Pluto’s Christmas Tree
  30. Pluto’s Party
  31. Pluto’s Purchase
  32. Pluto’s Surprise Package
  33. Pluto’s Sweater
  34. Pluto The Rescue Dog
  35. Project CC
  36. Puppy for Hannukah
  37. The Scariest Story Ever: A Mickey Mouse Halloween Spooktacular
  38. Society Dog Show, featuring Pluto

The Park Pixie’s top picks

Before you move on to another post, here are my top 10 picks for dog movies on Disney+.

  1. Best family night option: A Goofy Movie (1995)
  2. Best date night pick: Lady & the Tramp (either version!)
  3. Best adventure movie: White Fang (1991)
  4. Best crime movie: Turner & Hooch (1989)
  5. Best true story film: Eight Below (2006)
  6. Best short film: Feast (2014)
  7. Best remake or reboot: 101 Dalmatians (1996)
  8. Best Halloween movie: Frankenweenie (2012)
  9. Best Christmas movie: The Search for Santa Paws (2010)
  10. Best soundtrack: Oliver & Company (1988)

What are your favorite Disney dog movies on Disney Plus?

No matter which dog movie on Disney Plus is your favorite, I’m sure you’ll agree they’re all pretty great!

About the author

Photo of Meg Frost on Buzz Lightyear: Space Ranger Blast at Disney World's Magic Kingdom.
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Meg Frost is the creator of The Park Pixie, where she covers Disney World, Disney+, and Disney fandom.

She holds an M.A. in Journalism from Northeastern University and B.S. in Communication & American Studies from University of Miami in Florida.

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This post was originally published on May 22, 2021. It was last updated October 9, 2023.

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