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The Best Christmas Movies Featuring Dogs!

Updated on November 25, 2014

All Christmas dog movies, all the time!

Who doesn't love a great, heartwarming Christmas movie! I know I do!

My absolute favorite Christmas movies feature dogs. Why?

Well, that's an easy answer! Because dogs can really make the movie. Make it more sweet, more poignant and lots, lots more fun!

We put together this Gift Guide featuring the best of the best, Christmas movies featuring dogs just for you - ones you can watch and ones you can give as a gift to your favorite dog lover!

Have fun!

The latest Christmas movies featuring dogs!

  • Beethoven's Christmas Adventure

    Beethoven rocks!!! 'Tis the season to celebrate with everyone's favorite St. Bernard, Beethoven, in a heartwarming holiday adventure where the hilarious canine saves Christmas and speaks for the first time!

  • Santa Buddies

    Christmas spirit is waning around the globe, and people are losing sight of the real meaning of Christmas. Up at the North Pole, Santa and his trusty dog Santa Paws are alarmed because the Christmas icicle, which is the source of Christmas magic, is melting. Even scarier is the fact that only Santa Paws's young pup Puppy Paws can spread the word about the importance of Christmas spirit to the new generation, but all he wants to do is be a normal dog.

  • The Search For Santa Paws

    The Search for Santa Paws is a musical production that tells the story of how Santa and a young dog named Paws became best friends. Together they changed the lives of a houseful of New York City orphans and a host of other New Yorkers.

  • Santa Paws 2: The Santa Pups

    An all-new Disney holiday classic is born - Santa Paws 2: The Santa Pups. Starring a brand-new litter of the cutest talking pups ever - Hope, Jingle, Charity, and Noble - it's perfect for the whole family. When Mrs. Claus travels to Pineville, the playful Santa Pups stow away on her sled. Taking mischief to a whole new level, they begin granting joyful wishes to Pineville's boys and girls, but something goes terribly wrong - the Christmas spirit begins to disappear. Now the Santa Pups and Mrs. Claus must race to save Christmas around the world. From the creators of Disney Buddies, this magical, heartwarming tale is brimming with hope, cheer, and Christmas spirit.

  • Chilly Christmas

    Eleven-year-old Bobby Cole and his dog Chilly are best friends, living happily in their Southern California beach house. But when Bobby's father Patrick (C. Thomas Howell), a single parent and police detective, accepts a job in New York City, they must find Chilly a new home. In an attempt to show his dad that Chilly can be a city dog, Bobby and his friends teach Chilly the indoor way of life. But Bobby's dad is not convinced, and it's not until Christmas Eve when corrupt dog thief Mr. Quarterman (Tom Arnold) breaks into the family home, that Chilly and Bobby can put their new training to the test! Can they band together to save Christmas -- and Chilly's future with the family?

  • Adventures of Bailey: Christmas Hero

    It s Christmas time at the Baker household, and Bailey is at it again. Worried that he won t get any presents from Santa, Bailey learns about a mysterious Native American brave who can make his holiday wishes come true. But when Bailey s actions threaten his family s plans, he is forced to make a big decision...one that just might help him to finally understand the true meaning of Christmas.

  • Santa's Dog

    Max Moogle, an adorable yet mischievous twelve year old boy, lives at an orphanage. Two days before Christmas, alone in the woods, Max meets a large talking dog named Hercules. The dog explains to Max that he makes the naughty and nice list for Santa and he was sent to offer Max a chance at the "nice list." Max takes a magical ride to the North Pole and appears before Santa in his courtroom, run by elves. Hercules successfully acts as Max's attorney. Santa tells Max that in order to make the nice list he must help Rick Wilder, a bitter man, find the spirit of Christmas.

Some of my favorite dog vids just for the Holidays! - Just to get you in the mood.

More great Howliday dog movies!

  • I Want a Dog for Christmas, Charlie Brown

    And all time favorite classic and a must have on any dog lovers Christmas list! Snoopy is the main event as Christmas goes to the dogs in this delightful holiday charmer!

  • Twelve Dogs of Christmas

    Starring John Billingsley, Bonita Friedericy and Adam Hicks, this staple Holiday movie is a true old Hollywood for any age and features a young girl who uses dogs to teach people about the true meaning of Christmas during the Depression. Twelve dogs of Christmas fun!

  • An All Dogs Christmas Carol

    Classic! All your favorite characters from the All Dogs Go To Heaven children's series are back in this captivating canine retelling of a Christmas classic the whole family will love!

  • A Christmas Wedding Tail

    Jennie Garth of ''90210'' stars as Susan, an unemployed Los Angeles museum curator and widowed single mom temporarily living in a small California town with her three sensitive sons. Jake (Brad Rowe of ''General Hospital'') is a single dad of two tomboys who owns a local winery. When Susan's dog Rusty (voiced by Jay Mohr of ''Ghost Whisperer'') falls for Jake's poodle Cheri (voiced by Nikki Cox of ''Las Vegas''), these canine matchmakers help their owners fall in love too. Now with a Christmas Day wedding to plan -- and major complications threatening to unravel it all -- can two mismatched broods find a way to make one happy family?

  • 12 Christmas Wishes for My Dog

    Having her dog taken away by an uptight landlord was heartbreaking for Laura. Willing to try anything to transform her life - and get her dog back - Laura follows her best friend's suggestion and sets up a session with a life coach. The life coach's unusual character makes Laura skeptical - especially when the coach tells Laura to make 12 wishes for a positive change in her life. Skepticism turns to joy however when Laura realizes she can wish for anything and the wish will come true! But before long Laura realizes that her wishes are sparking unforeseen circumstances and she must act quickly to get her life - and her dog - back before Christmas.

Our featured Christmas dog movie! - It will warm your heart....

A Dog Named Christmas

When Todd McCray, a developmentally challenged young man still living on his parents' Kansas farm, hears that a local animal shelter is seeking temporary homes for its dogs during the days leading to Christmas, he knows exactly what he wants for the holidays. His father objects, but Todd's persistence quickly wins out. Soon the McCrays are the short-term foster family for a lovable pooch the young man names Christmas.

But what about all the other dogs who will be forced to spend the Yuletide season in cages? In the days that follow, Todd uses his special gifts of persuasion to encourage his hometown to participate in the "Adopt a Dog for Christmas Program." What follows from his small act of kindness will teach his family, and his community, about peace on earth and good will toward men-and animals. Starring Bruce Greenwood, Linda Emond and Noel Fisher as Todd.

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Some of my fav Christmas movies featuring dogs!

  • The Dog Who Saved Christmas

    The family treks off to spend Christmas Eve with Grandma (Mindy Sterling), and two burglars (Joey Diaz and Dean Cain) show up to rip off the Bannisters' home. Determined not to fail his new family, Zeus puts his mind to work and sets out to deter the thieves in unconventional ways, such as dropping Christmas ornaments off the roof onto their heads and showering them with flour--think Home Alone with a dog at the helm rather than a kid.

  • The Dog Who Saved Christmas Vacation

    The Bannister family including former K-9 police hero Zeus (voiced by Mario López) is back, and this time they're spending their holidays at a beautiful Rocky Mountain resort. But toss in an unexpected visit from cocky Uncle Randy (Casper Van Dien of 'Watch Over Me' and 'The Curse of King Tut's Tomb') and his foxy poodle Bella (voiced by Paris Hilton) and a familiar pair of bumbling jewel thieves (led by Dean Cain of 'Lois & Clark: The New Adventure of Superman' and 'The Dog Who Saved Christmas') and this holiday may be headed downhill fast!

  • The Dog Who Saved The Holidays

    It's a sun-soaked holiday season for the Bannister family as they travel to Southern California to stay with Aunt Barbara (Shelley Long), who surprises them with a new puppy named Eve (voiced by Peyton List). Everyone is smitten with Eve -- except for the Bannister's dog, Zeus (voiced by Joey Lawrence), who sees what a mischievous animal she is when no one else is around. After deciding to run away, Zeus sees Ted and Stewey, two thrifty thieves, trying to break into the family home while the Bannisters are at church. It's up to Zeus and his newest sister Eve to join together to save the holidays for their family!

  • A Golden Christmas

    Years later, looking for a fresh start, a man and woman each return to the place they felt most at home as a child. But a comedic case of unknown identity has them competing for the same childhood memories, and Christmas escapades ensue. For the sake of their happiness, they must discover their common past before they turn each other s lives completely upside-down. Can a golden dog lead them home?

  • Golden Christmas 2: The Second Tail

    Rod and Katherine Wright are enjoying their retirement in Florida - or so they're telling each other. At least they've made friends with their new neighbor, Lisa, who's a golden retriever fan like them. Rod and Katherine's dog Jake has three new puppy playmates: Mario, Luigi and Pasquale. But when Jake and the puppies take off during a walk with Lisa and interrupt a wedding proposal, Lisa is mortified to discover the proposer is none other than her lifelong-friend-turned-boyfriend-turned-ex, David.

  • 12 Dogs of Christmas: Great Puppy Rescue

    The dogs of Doverville are in trouble again... but Emma O'Conner (Danielle Chuchran) is back to save them in a song-filled, seasonal extravaganza. Mean-spirited mogul Finneas James (Sean Patrick Flanery) plots to shut down the local puppy orphanage, unless Emma can come up with the money to save it. With the help of so

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      Charito Maranan-Montecillo 3 years ago from Manila, Philippines

      I've always loved Snoopy!

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      Iloveflowers 4 years ago

      How many dogs do you keep now? I really can not understand why there are some people dislike dogs, they are super cute and kind, and very very loyal, right?

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      Rose Jones 4 years ago

      My son and I really enjoyed looking at this lens together. You have come up with some wonderful Christmas movies featuring our best friends - dogs. And we loved the video of the dogs decorating the tree - how did they train them to do that? Sent out by digg and blessed.

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      Nancy Carol Brown Hardin 4 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      No Christmas is ever complete without seeing Snoopy in the Charlie Brown series. I think that little cartoon dog reached so many hearts, because he made us think of the antics of our own dogs, even though we can't know what they think. Thanks for sharing all these movies....I think I'll have to try some of them one of these days.

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      dellgirl 5 years ago

      Thank you for putting together this Gift Guide featuring the best of the best Christmas movies featuring dogs. This is really nice.

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      nursecraft 5 years ago

      Ths lens is very complete and I enjoyed it!

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      Mary Norton 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Have to watch these movies. Have a merry Christmas.

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      Thrinsdream 5 years ago

      That was sooooo cute! Your lens has really made me smile (and my dog wonder why she isn't allowed to put cookies in front of her bed, maybe something to do with the missing christmas biscuit box!) Merry Christmas.

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      Avi Wolfson 5 years ago from Massachusetts

      Great lens, thanks for sharing.

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      whodiesinthenew 5 years ago

      These usually are fun movies :)

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      noel rocs 5 years ago

      I really love your lens! Christmas movies with dogs are very high on my list :) There are plenty on here that I haven't seen... yet ;)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Loved the video of the dog leaving cookies and milk for Santa! Hope you have a Merry Christmas!

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      heehaw lm 5 years ago

      great movies, i like I Want a Dog for Christmas, Charlie Brown

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      heehaw lm 5 years ago

      thanks for the listing of dog movies. great lens.

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      LabKittyDesign 5 years ago

      A Christmas Story features dogs, no? BUMPUSSSS!

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      flycatcherrr 5 years ago

      Snoopy rules!

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      nsixx99 5 years ago

      Definitely have to go with Snoopy, but any of them are great really.

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      lasertek lm 5 years ago

      No favorite in particular but I do like watching movies with dogs.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Christmas movies are great in general!

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      entertainmentev 5 years ago

      Lucca loves An All Dogs Christmas Carol.

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      fullofshoes 5 years ago

      Charlie Brown and Snoopy movies :)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I like any kind of dog movie

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      SquidooMBA 5 years ago

      Charlie Brown Christmas is THE best!

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      miaponzo 5 years ago

      Anything Snoopy for sure!!! :) Blessed!

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      jadehorseshoe 5 years ago

      Snoopy Rules!

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      Fay Favored 5 years ago from USA

      Did not know there was another Charlie brown movie. I enjoy movies featuring pets. They steal the show don't they. Merry Christmas Johann.

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      baby-strollers 5 years ago

      Hmmm.....tough call - maybe that one with Tim Allen in it - admittedly the dog didn't have a huge roll!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Love dogs and movies that contain them. So cute. Nice job.