15 Heart Touching Dog Movies For Kids To Watch In 2021

Heart Touching Dog Movies For Kids To Watch

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A dog is a man’s best friend—Sounds cliché? There is no denial that dogs are the most loving domesticated animals ever. Watching them play and wag their happy tails is pure delight.

Whether you have a pet dog or not, there are several movies that might intrigue your little child. And whether it is for educational purposes, a Sunday brunch, kill time on a flight, or just for fun, there is a movie for everyone. Are you ready to check out some of the best dog movies for kids? Read on!

15 Dog Movies For Kids

1. Hachi: A Dog’s Tale


Imagine meeting your best buddy at the same spot every day. Hachi, an Akita dog, arrives at the train station every afternoon just before three o’clock to welcome his beloved master. Unfortunately, one day, Professor Parker Wilson (Richard Gere) is not on board. Hachi waits at the station, staring in anticipation of Parker’s return. Hachi waits for ten long years for his owner to return.

This is a true story of Hachiko, an abandoned dog who was adopted by a professor in Tokyo. It’s a classic movie that teaches us about loyalty, friendship, commitment, and love. And yes, before you start watching this movie, keep a box of tissues ready.

2. Marley & Me

Marley & Me

Meet Marley, a Labrador retriever puppy who grows up to be a huge, rambunctious Labrador retriever. Marley is known for mischief, whether it’s slamming doors or drooling on strangers. Some would even claim he’s the worst dog ever. Those who know and love Marley regard him as a one-of-a-kind canine. His heart is pure, and he has a charming larger-than-life demeanor. He is an epitome of joy and happiness.

3. Eight Below

Eight Below

Jerry Shepard, a tour guide, and his pack of eight magnificent sled dogs are the stars of this movie. It is based on a true story about eight sled dogs stranded in Antarctica during the winter and their owner, Jerry (Paul Walker), who tries to find them. For months, the dogs battle to survive the cold Antarctic winter. This film keeps your pulse racing. On the one hand, you’ll be crying, and on the other, you’ll be ecstatic.

4. A Dog’s Purpose

A Dog's Purpose

A Dog’s Purpose is an incredible story of one lovable dog’s search for his life’s purpose spanning numerous lifetimes. This movie shows how a dog passes four different lifetimes with various owners spread across contrasting time periods. After a tragically short life as a stray mutt, Bailey is surprised to find himself reborn as a hyperactive golden-haired puppy.

His search for meaning in his new life brings him into the loving arms of eight-year-old Ethan. Bailey joyfully discovers how to be a nice dog over their numerous travels. The story delves into the universal yearning to answer life’s most basic question: “Why are we here?” Towards the end of the movie, this dog returns to Ethan, who has now grown old, to remind him of life’s true purpose.

5. Togo


In the middle of winter, a terrible disease afflicts children of a small Alaskan town called Nome – caught between the frozen sea and a snow-swamped wilderness. Togo, which stars Willem Dafoe, charts the story of the sled dog Togo and more than 100 Siberian huskies that heroically save the town’s children by delivering lifesaving serum through the Alaskan wilds. Togo is more than a narrative about a brave dog; it’s a fact-based story about the unbreakable love between man and dog; and one of the best dog and human relationship-based movies.

6. Beethoven


Your children will at once fall in love with the four-footed, big-hearted, wet-nosed hero of this delightful comedy. Just when nefarious dog-nappers pursue him, the lovely puppy named Beethoven is adopted by George Newton’s family. The family quickly falls in love with Beethoven, who grows up to be a massive Saint Bernard.

George Newton, however, has a hard time getting over Beethoven’s destructive behavior. Meanwhile, Dean Jones, a crooked veterinarian, attempts to kill Beethoven for scientific experiments. Will Dean Jones succeed in his sinister plot?

7. 101 Dalmatians

101 Dalmatians

Mr. and Mrs. Dearly are overjoyed when their Dalmatian couple Missis and Pongo have their first litter of fifteen puppies. Their joy, however, is short-lived, as the puppies are abducted! Missis and Pongo’s puppies go missing, and the two Dalmatian parents know it’s due to Cruella De Vil’s malicious plot. The brightest canine minds begin their hunt for Cruella de Vil, the most wicked woman who desires a coat made using the skin of 99 dalmatian puppies.

8. My Dog Skip

My Dog Skip

Who says you have to be human to be best friends? Not Willie Morris (Frankie Muniz), who receives a gifted Fox Terrier named Skip for his birthday. Willie and Skip turn bullies into friends, tangle with hapless moonshiners, and even win the love of the prettiest girl in school with Skip’s unexpected help.

My Dog Skip is a heart-warming story set in a sleepy town on the banks of the Yazoo River on the Mississippi Delta. This film is a real tearjerker that depicts the extraordinary bond that a boy can have with his pet dog.

9. Lady and The Tramp

Lady and The Tramp

Lady and the Tramp is one of the most loved Disney films. The story is about Lady and a lovely Cocker Spaniel, who flees after her ideal life is turned upside down by the birth of a new baby and some unwanted visitors. Lady meets Tramp at the wrong side of town. Tramp is not like Lady; he is a streetwise mutt. What happens when a pampered pooch meets a street dog? Life on the streets would not be all that bad with buddies like him, would it?

10. A Dog’s Way Home

A Dog's Way Home

This incredible tale follows the loving dog Bella on her trip home after being separated from Lucas, her adoring human owner. Bella sets out on a seemingly impossible but joyful trek home, braving miles of dangerous Colorado terrain to reunite with her devoted owner. The profound bond that exists between humans and dogs is fully captured in this movie. It’s a heartfelt story that touches everyone who cares about animals, especially dogs.

11. The Shaggy Dog

The Shaggy Dog

This film is sure to tickle your kids’ funny bones. After injecting a mutation serum into Dave Douglas, the workaholic lawyer is transformed into a Sheepdog. He now has to track down the culprits while trying to transform back into a human.

12. The Call Of The Wild

The Call Of The Wild

Buck is kidnapped from his happy California home during the Klondike Gold Rush and sold as a sled dog in Alaska. Buck must learn to embrace his primitive nature if he is to become the pack’s leader. Will the Yukon’s rough terrain and the dark side of human nature be too much for him to handle? In this emotional adventure, you will discover the love between a man and his dog that exemplifies the human spirit’s goodness.

13. Benji


Benji, an orphaned puppy, strikes up a bond with two school students. When bandits kidnap them, Benji and his scruffy sidekick come to their rescue. The endearing Benji fights evil people and wins hearts, leaving fans rooting for him until the curtains fall. If your children love dogs, Benji is one movie that you must watch right away.

14. Isle of Dogs

Isle of Dogs

Megasaki, Japan, has been hit by a dog flu outbreak, prompting Mayor Kobayashi to order that all dogs be transported to Trash Island. On the island, a young boy named Atari goes out with the help of five other dogs to find his lost dog, Spots, despite numerous challenges. The friendship between Atari and Spots reminds viewers of the remarkable bond that exists between humans and dogs. The humans’ dialogue is largely in Japanese, whereas the dogs’ dialogue is in English.

15. Bolt


Imagine a film that is a cool mixture of comedy, action, drama, and adventure in one package. Wouldn’t that be a perfect work of art? Bolt is a perfect example of this. Bolt’s heroic exploits begin with the rescue of Penny, his co-star and owner. Along the way, he discovers that his superpowers are fictitious and that he is the star of a TV show.

Dog movies appeal to both children and adults. These movies are entertaining and have beautiful messages that can teach your children about the value of friendship, loyalty, and commitment. Our curated list of dog movies for kids will take you on a journey of many emotions. These four-legged friends can make you laugh, jump out of your seat, and even cry. Are you excited to watch a few?

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Harshita Makvana

Harshita is a graduate in commerce and holds a PG Diploma in Patent and Copyrights Law from NALSAR University. She has also pursued CA and has more than three years of internship experience in auditing. Her love for travelling has taken her to various parts of the world, and writing the travelogues was what brought out her love for content writing.... more