Vote for your Favorite Canine Mascot
  • Eastern New Mexico
  • University of Georgia
  • Tuffy, a Tamaskan dog, is the mascot of N.C. State's Wolfpack. (Photo by Shawn Coleman.)
  • Bruiser, Adrian College
  • Dubs, University of Washington's Husky (actually a Malamute)
  • Butler University
  • Blitz II, Wofford College
  • Colonel Rock, Western Illinois Leathernecks, goes by the nickname Rocky.
  • Jonathan the Husky, University of Connecticut
  • Kiza II, Houston Baptist University, adopted from Houston
  • Reveille, Texas A&M University
  • Scotty the Scottie Dog, Carnegie Mellon University. Bill Cosby gave the Scottish Terrier, named Cartwright, to the university.
  • Smokey the Bluetick Hound, University of Tennessee

Dogs make great mascots. They embody the best of competition—loyalty, perseverance, love of play and sportsmanship. Plus, they’re joyful additions to rallies and an inspiration on the sidelines.

We rounded up 13 live canine mascots—there are many more costumed dogs dancing their way into fans’ hearts but we like our mascots in the original. Who’s your favorite?

(You’ll see we haven’t included every Bulldog mascot—they are heavily represented. But that shouldn’t stop you from voting for Yale University’s Handsome Dan, Georgetown’s Jack, Mississippi State University’s Bully, Bryant University’s Ironclad Tupper I [new in 2010] or University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez’s Tarzan.)

And tell us if we missed any mascots—or about dogs who deserve the honor but haven’t been called off the bench.

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Submitted by Kathy | November 20 2011 |

Love the Scotty. My vote for best mascot!
Wooster College in Ohio also has a Scotty mascot.

Submitted by Anonymous | December 28 2011 |

CMU's Scottie! Fits the University's traditions and history, plus he's darned cute!

Submitted by Anonymous | February 23 2012 |

I like Smokey the Bluetick Hound, from the University of Tennessee.

Submitted by Andrea Anibal | March 14 2012 |

Love Vic and Tory the rescue dogs!!

Submitted by Anonymous | September 13 2012 |


Submitted by Kamia | January 15 2013 |

Definitely Tuffy. One Gorgeous mascot!

Submitted by Sandi J. | January 31 2013 |

No contest. Winner is UGA the mascot of the University of Georgia.
The most beloved dog ever. White House visitor and very well traveled pup!!!! Go DAWGS!!!

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