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Apologies to the very noble French bulldog, but we will now forever associate it with Zach Galifianakis’ bumbling “Due Date” character. Here’s a look at other iconic breeds that won over our hearts on the big screen.

Apologies to the very noble French bulldog, but we will now forever associate it with Zach Galifianakis’ bumbling “Due Date” character. Here’s a look at other iconic breeds that won over our hearts on the big screen:

The film:
‘The Wizard of Oz’ (1939)
The pup
: The cairn terrier became so synonymous with the film that Terry — the starring dog — had her name changed to “Toto” after its release.

The film:
‘The Adventures of Milo and Otis’ (1989)
The pup
: Before every woman on the Upper East Side was toting her pug to lunch, the trendy breed starred in this classic — and even shared the spotlight with a cat.

The film:
‘The Mask’ (1994)

The pup: Only a Jack Russell terrier has enough personality and natural show-boating tendencies to hold its own next to Jim Carrey. Plus, the breed looks surprisingly cute in a creepy green mask.

The film:
‘101 Dalmatians’ (1996)

The pup: So many children fell for these (professionally trained) puppies that, inevitably, animal shelters saw an increase in the breed — which isn’t exactly all fun and games off-camera. (See sidebar for the AKC’s statement regarding “Due Date.”)

 
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