Vote for your Favorite Canine Mascot

By The Bark, October 2011

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.