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What Kind Of Dog Is Marmaduke?

Marmaduke is a character loved by many, including me! After coming across one of the comic strips the other day I decided to look up what breed Marmaduke is supposed to as it is something I never thought about asking until recently. 

What kind of dog is Markmaduke? Marmaduke is a Great Dane, a breed famous for its unique look and giant size. 

Continue reading for more information about the source material for Marmaduke and

What Kind Of Dog Is Marmaduke?

Based on the sheer size of Marmaduke there is no mistaking Marmaduke for any other breed of dog other than the Great Dane.

Marmaduke is huge, and Great Danes are known as one of the biggest breeds on Earth. In fact, the tallest Great Dane measured at over 7 feet tall!

Also, he has a voracious appetite, as one would expect from a dog so large.

Great Danes are known to be much more expensive dogs to own because of how much one must feed them.

Some people have grown up knowing Marmaduke so well that they often mistake his name for the name of the dog breed!

I don’t blame them either Marmaduke was a very loveable character and he had a much catchier name.

Many people are still often surprised to find out Marmaduke is a Great Dane.

Marmaduke was portrayed as a raucous but lovable dog of the Winslow Family. Not surprisingly, Great Danes are wonderful pets.

They love people and are extremely loyal to their families. They are great with kids, as well as other animals, though certain types can be feisty with other dogs.

About Marmaduke

Time for a trip down memory lane for all the fans of the Marmaduke comic strip!

Marmaduke was a lovable pet of the Winslow Family, engaging in many misadventures on his own and in a rivalry with his main nemesis King Tut, a Siamese cat.

The comics found different ways to exploit the dog’s size.

For example, if Marmaduke’s attention was focused on something, and he sat to stare at it, the unlucky Winslow walking him at the time would have little choice but to usually pull on the leash or simply allow Marmaduke to stay where he was.

Marmaduke’s fame was not reserved only for comic strips. He was featured as a character on the popular cartoon Heahcliffe, and Marmaduke quickly earned himself enough popularity to become a featured character in the cartoon’s segments.

In June of 2010, a live-action film of Marmaduke was released. Played by an actual Great Dane (named George) the film helped to propel Marmaduke’s popularity to newer generations of viewers.

In the near future, another remake of Marmaduke is set to hit the big screens.

The Marmaduke Comic Strip Today

Even though Brad Anderson passed in 2015, his son took up the mantle and has continued the Marmaduke legacy.

The comic has retained many fans over the years and with bigger venues, like the film industry, still paying homage. That popularity is not expected to dwindle.

One may think that comics would get dated after a while, but they adapt to the times. People had pet dogs when they started and still have them today, and dog lovers span even beyond that.

Final Thought

Unlike some other canine pop culture icons with questionable breeds, it’s hard to mistake the lovable Great Dane Marmaduke.

People have long been fascinated with Great Danes, which may be part of the reason that Marmaduke is still such a beloved character.


I started this site because I am a dog lover. Most of my social feeds are full of dogs and I am always learning more about them. I also have a lifetime of experience with dogs packed with tactics, tips, and funny stories that I want to share with the world!

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