When the Christmas tree lights are glittering and the chilly wind is blowing outside, a quiet evening at home is perfect when you and your favorite canine friend can watch Christmas movies in which dogs are the main characters. Have your favorite treats ready for you and your best friend to enjoy while you watch your favorite Christmas dog movie. Dogs love watching other dogs on a big screen and love it more when they watch with their best friend. Here are the best canine Christmas movies.
A Charlie Brown Christmas
The all-time Christmas classic, A Charlie Brown Christmas, is a holiday favorite with kids, adults, and dogs. Based on the Charles M. Schulz comic strip, the animated film has been warming the hearts of Peanut fans since 1965. Charlie Brown is tired of the materialism of Christmas and agrees to direct the Christmas Pageant, hoping to bring some meaning to the holiday. While Snoopy, everyone’s favorite Beagle, is up to his usual shenanigans. Settle in with a cup of cocoa and your favorite pup and watch Charlie Brown, his friends, and Snoopy find the real meaning of Christmas.
A Christmas Story
The memorable characters and timeless holiday scenes make A Christmas Story one of the all-time favorite family Christmas movies. An interesting little tip about this Christmas tale; one scene involves the next-door neighbor’s dogs interrupting the festivities by stealing the holiday turkey. You may want to make sure your pup has had training before Christmas, especially if your dog is a new addition to your family. Your dog should know how to behave each day and especially during the holiday season. You wouldn’t want to have any Christmas dinner disasters, especially with your family present.
A Dog Named Christmas
Hallmark is famous for its Christmas movies with sentimental storylines. A Dog Named Christmas is no exception. The McCray family has a son that’s challenged developmentally. Over the holidays, the family agrees to foster a Golden Lab. Their son develops a close bond with the Lab and names him Christmas. The boy’s father is the typical skeptic who doesn’t believe in anything positive. The story takes an exciting twist when his son starts encouraging residents in town to adopt dogs. A Dog Named Christmas is another reminder that all shelter dogs need forever homes.
A Golden Christmas
A Golden Christmas is a 2009 romantic holiday movie about a woman who had a BFF who was named Han Solo when she was nine years old. Han solo lived in the woods near her parent’s home. As an adult, she’s now divorced with a child. When she’s visiting her parents for Christmas, they announce that they’ve sold their home. She’s devastated and decides she wants to buy the house. When she meets the buyer, she discovers he’s also divorced with one child. Is he her BFF?
An All Dogs Christmas Carol
A Christmas Carol is the timeless Christmas classic based on the novel by Charles Dickens, featuring the crotchety Scrooge who hates Christmas and refuses to let his employees celebrate the holiday. Several renditions of the film have been produced, but this is the first time it has a canine cast. The cast of All Dogs Go To Heaven retells the story of Scrooge with some fun canine twists.
Beethoven’s Christmas Adventure
Beethoven’s Christmas Adventure is an action-packed Christmas movie starring our favorite St. Bernard, Beethoven. The plot is dramatic. Beethoven must save Christmas! The feisty canine hero must rescue an elf who crash-landed in Beethoven’s town. Beethoven must help the elf to recover the magic toy bag that belongs to Santa. Thieves have stolen the toy bag and will prevent Santa from delivering gifts to children all over the world on Christmas. Beethoven and his elf friend have to return the sleigh and the bag of toys to Santa before it’s too late. You and your pup will appreciate your cozy, peaceful Christmas after watching Beethoven and the elf save Christmas for all the children.
Bear is a dog with a problem. He needs a home and a family. When a single dad and a single mom each adopt Bear separately, they have to find a way to share their new family friend. If you haven’t found the right person to share the holidays with, maybe a trip to the dog park with your favorite pup will provide some inspiration and you may find new friends.
Christmas With Tucker
Christmas With Tucker makes pet parents want to hug their pup a bit closer. The story is about a 13-year-old boy named George dealing with the loss of his dad. Besides dealing with his grief, George is helping his grandparents on their farm. George’s love for Tucker helps him to deal with his loss.
Gremlins are one of those fun movies that are popular for Halloween and Christmas. The box-office hit film is a real Christmas mystery featuring bank-teller Billy, his adorable dog Barney, and Gizmo, a strange little creature that Billy’s dad gives him for Christmas. Billy’s dad warns him that Gizmo can’t be fed after midnight or he’ll turn into an evil little Gremlin. One of the highlights of this film is the Gremlins Christmas caroling scene, which is priceless.
How the Grinch Stole Christmas
One of the most heartwarming canine characters in any Christmas movie is Max, the loyal and very loving canine in How the Grinch Stole Christmas. If you want to watch a Christmas canine movie that will warm your heart, even more, don’t miss the live-action version of The Grinch from 2000, starring Jim Carrey. The producers of the film chose six different dogs of mixed breeds to play the role of Max. All six dogs came from shelters. When they finished playing the role of Max, they were all adopted into permanent homes. How the Grinch Stole Christmas is a story with a real happy ending.
Lady and the Tramp
One of the best things about the Disney animated classic Lady and the Tramp is that the story begins and ends with Christmas scenes. The story is about Lady, a very proper Cocker spaniel who meets Tramp, the canine version of a street-wise kid that’s a mixed breed dog. Lady and the Tramp’s adventures have been warming hearts since the movie made its debut. An iconic scene is a dinner by candlelight that’s been recreated in countless movies. The final scene on Christmas is an all-time favorite with moviegoers and dog lovers.
Lady and the Tramp – Live-Action
The original, animated Lady and the Tramp have been so successful the production company decided to produce a live-action version of the film, which is as good as the original. One of the best things about the live version of Lady and the Tramp is that shelter dogs were used in the cast. Lady and the Tramp – Live-Action features iconic actor Sam Elliott.
Project: Puppies For Christmas
Anyone who loves dogs can’t resist adorable puppies and canine Christmas stories involving puppies. Project: Puppies for Christmas is sure to warm your heart and fill you with the Christmas spirit. The movie is the charming story of two sisters who are trying to cope with the loss of their mother. The girls decide they want to get puppies from Santa for Christmas and think the way to make their Christmas wish come true is to perform a good deed. They choose to befriend someone. Their target is the grouchiest man in town, expertly played by John Ratzenberger.
The Christmas Shepherd
The Christmas Shepherd is a dog named Buddy. The dog belonged to the husband of a widow named Sally. His adventure begins when he gets lost after running away during a thunderstorm. Buddy finds a new family in Boston. His new owners are a single father and his daughter, who are coping with their loss. The story takes an emotional turn when Sally travels to Boston to find Buddy.
The 12 Dogs of Christmas
Dogs have been banned from a town by the evil, dog-hating mayor and his brother, the local dog-catcher. A girl named Emma and a sanctuary owner named Cathy decide to change the way people feel about dogs and team up to open an orphanage that’s for dogs. Watching The 12 Dogs of Christmas may inspire you to adopt a new family member if you have been wondering, “should I get a dog?”
The Nightmare Before Christmas
Halloween and Christmas collide in the popular Tim Burton animated movie . The Pumpkin King of Halloween Town, Jack Skellington, learns about Christmas and decides that he and his rather scary friends should celebrate their version of the holiday. Being Jack Skellington, he can’t just celebrate Christmas. He decides to take it over. This movie is stunning and fun for canines and their people. The cute ghost dog Zero is one of the film’s most popular characters and has a huge fanbase.
The Search For Santa Paws
Elves and magic dogs make The Search For Santa Paws a fun holiday film for people and pups. Santa and his favorite pup Buddy go on an adventure to New York City. Things go downhill when Santa loses his memory. Buddy and a group of orphans have to band together to rescue Santa and get him back to the North Pole before Christmas Eve.