Who’s the Best Historical Costume Film/TV Pup?


I kind of can’t believe Trystan is letting me write this post. Even crazier is that IT WAS HER SUGGESTION. Today is National Puppy Day, and she suggested that I write a poll asking you to help us figure out who’s the best historical costume movie/TV pup. MY WORLD HAS GONE TOPSY TURVY

Now, before you have heart palpitations, ALL DOGS ARE GOOD DOGS. And all species are precious, including cats, gerbils, turtles, llamas, you name it. But today, we celebrate the pups that make us squee while we’re sifting through pounds of sackcloth and ashes in hope of finding some silk taffeta.

Let’s run down my contenders. There are many, MANY good dogs who have been in historical costume movie and TV shows, and I encourage you to add as many as you can in the comments. But here’s five who sprang to MY mind when this post came up! In alphabetical order:

Another Period: Mayor Cutie

So fabulously fashionable that she got her own post, Mayor Cutie (real name!) is the real life dog of show star Natasha Leggero. She’s a Chihuahua/Shih Tzu (or Jack Russell, depending on your source) mix.

Pros: Little, cute, knows how to accessorize

Cons: None, she’s a good girl!

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Downton Abbey: Isis

The Earl of Grantham’s favorite pooch is Isis, a yellow Labrador played by two different dogs: Ellie and Abbie.

Pros: Pretty, sweet, you see her rumpus in every title sequence

Cons: None, she’s a good girl!

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Marie Antoinette: Mops

There’s a conspiracy afoot to withhold the information about the real actor/actress who played Mops, Marie-Antoinette’s pug who is taken away from her when she is sent to France. Sniffle.

Pros: Smooshy face, likes dessert

Cons: None, she’s a good girl!

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Poldark: Horace

Ditto HoracePoldark is trying to sell me on the idea that Horace the Pug was born Horace, but I’m not buying it.

Pros: Smooshy face, hides your baby bump

Cons: Okay, he’s kind of a diva

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Victoria & The Young Victoria: Dash

Tori, the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, played Queen Victoria’s legendary dog in both the TV series Victoria AND the feature film The Young Victoria. How’s that for range?

Pros: Flopsy ears, lots of combing potential

Cons: None, she’s a good girl!

The Young Victoria VICTORIA (2017) Victoria

Now, you vote! I can’t pick! THEY’RE ALL SUCH GOOD PUPS!


About the author



Kendra has been a fixture in the online costuming world since the late 1990s. Her website, Démodé Couture, is one of the most well-known online resources for historical costumers. In the summer of 2014, she published a book on 18th-century wig and hair styling. Kendra is a librarian at a university, specializing in history and fashion. She’s also an academic, with several articles on fashion history published in research journals.

32 Responses

  1. Susan Pola Staples

    About, I have 2 favs: Horace and Tori (Dash), followed by Isis & Mops.
    Then there’s Garrick and Rollo.

    • Penny H

      Had trouble choosing between Mayor Cutie (best costumes) and Isis (actually watched the show), but would have picked Garrick if offered the choice.

        • Penny H

          Demelza’s mutt in Poldark. I won’t put a link, but if you google “Demelza’s dog”, a nice article entitled “Meet Barley, aka Garrick…” comes up.

  2. Bronwyn M Benson

    Had to go for Dash, but it was close with Isis! :)

  3. Trystan L. Bass

    I don’t even like dogs that much, but I want my own Isis so very much! Also, a big Downton-style house to keep her in, but that goes without saying.

    • Susan Pola Staples

      I’d prefer a Burleigh House or Chatsworth type of house with several Horace’s, Dashys, Garricks & Mopses. As well as cats.

  4. broughps

    Looking forward to seeing Rollo when the new season of Outlander starts.

  5. Frannie Germeshausen

    LOL, what about Asta? (Ducks and runs – I know why that’s wrong.)

  6. Andrew.

    Well, how about Tricky-Woo in All Creatures Great and Small?

  7. Janette

    No love for Lassie, (2005 film version which is the only one that is truely based upon the book)? I preferred Albert’s dog to Victoria’s King Charles though Cavaliers are my favourite small dog. I prefer big, hairy dogs even when they are shedding all over the house. (She says looking at the carpet.)

    • Susan Pola Staples

      I, too, love Cavaliers as well as Wolfhound Wolfhounds of both Scottish and Irish varieties, as well as Nervous and Afghans. And I refuse to recognise dog hair on the carpet, rugs, furniture, etc….

  8. Susan Pola Staples

    Tricky Woo was adorable and Uncle Herriot was given a nice Fortnums & Mason prezzie for each visit. Yum. Yes, let’s add him.

    Also what about favourite Frock Fill horses? Cats?

  9. KayHay

    Another Wishbone fan! By far the best actor of the lot! Watched the show with my son. Also partial to Dash–and the hilariously spoiled Tricky-Woo.

  10. Karen K.

    I love all of them but I have to go with Isis because I’m partial to big doggos — and because I’M GOING TO HIGHCLERE CASTLE IN JUNE. (Sorry for shouting, I’m just so excited about it!)

    And the video about Horace the Diva is HILARIOUS.