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Top Christmas Films to Watch With Your Dog


A dog and his owner sit on a safe at Christmas

We may still be in lockdown, but that doesn’t mean we can’t find ways to have fun. I think we’ve all been making the most of outdoor exercise and walking our dogs, but in Winter we find ourselves indoors more than usual. Wet weather and shorter daylight hours mean we have to find other ways to keep ourselves entertained. One of our favourite things to do in the run up to Christmas is watch Christmas movies! Who doesn’t love a heart-warming festive film to get them in the spirit of the season? We have a lot of favourites such as Santa Claus: The Movie, Miracle on 34th Street, How the Grinch Stole Christmas and the list goes on! But what about Christmas films to watch with your dog? Believe it or not, quite a few famous canines have graced the screen in festive movies making them ideal options to watch with your dog. 


Our favourite Christmas Movies starring Dogs 

Here we take a look at some of the top festive films to watch with your dog that feature canine stars. They are the perfect films to watch, curled up on the sofa after a walk; with a mug of hot chocolate and your dog on your lap - or if your dog is the size of Beethoven, then perhaps by your side!

Here are our picks: 


How The Grinch Stole Christmas

As we mentioned previously, this is an office favourite and it just so happens to star Kelley the dog as Max! Max is the Grinch’s Christmas-loving, loyal pup. This film has a bit of everything; humour, a great story and a heart-warming message. Definitely a film to watch whilst snuggled up with your dog on the sofa!


How The Grinch Stole Christmas Movie Cover  The grinch dressed as Santa with his dog Max dressed in reindeer antlers. From the film How The Grinch Stole Christmas.


Beethoven’s Christmas Adventure

If you’re looking for a film where the dog is the main star of the show, then Beethoven’s Christmas Adventure is the one for you. This is one of a series of films about Beethoven the St Bernard, that began in the early nineties. It doesn’t matter if you haven’t seen the previous films - although they’ll also make great films to watch with your dog - as this film is just as enjoyable as a stand-alone movie. In this one, Beethoven finds himself on an adventure to rescue an elf and find Santa’s missing sledge. It all rests on Beethoven to save Christmas!


Beethoven's Christmas Adventure film cover   Beethoven the St Bernard sits next to a Christmas tree - from the film 'Beethoven's Christmas Adventure'


Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas

There are so many wonderful characters in The Nightmare Before Christmas; Jack Skellington, Sally, the Mayor of Halloween Town and of course Zero the ghost-dog. Zero is Jack’s ghostly canine sidekick with a pumpkin for a nose - strangely similar, yet not, to Rudolph’s! This is such a fun film that we find ourselves watching at any time of year, but is especially relevant in the run up to Christmas. We love it!


Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas movie cover  Jack Skellington and Zero from Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas film.


A Charlie Brown Christmas

Charlie Brown and his dog snoopy are classic animated characters who have been loved for generations. Why not grab a hot chocolate and settle down with your dog to watch A Charlie Brown Christmas, in which Snoopy and the gang discover the true meaning of Christmas.


A Charlie Brown Christmas film cover  Charlie Brown, Snoopy and friends stand around a Christmas tree in A Charlie Brown movie.


Lady and the Tramp

Whilst this isn’t strictly speaking a Christmas movie, it does begin and end on Christmas - and it’s a classic dog movie! A romantic tale of two dogs from very different backgrounds, it follows Lady and Tramp on a series of adventures. Definitely one to watch on a Winter’s afternoon with your pup!


Disney's Lady and the Tramp movie cover  Lady from the 'Lady and the Tramp' animated film.


The Snowman and the Snowdog

The Snowman, an animated short film based on Raymond Briggs’ picture book of the same name, became an instant classic back when it was released in 1982. 30 years later The Snowman and the Snowdog was released to mark the anniversary of the original and a new classic was born. A heart-warming tale about a boy and his dog. One to watch with all the family on Christmas Day, including your canine companions.


The Snowman and the Snowdog cover


Make it a proper movie night with popcorn and treats for dogs

We may not be able to go to the cinema at the moment, but there’s no reason we can’t have popcorn and snacks at home on the sofa! When you’re settling down to a film with your dog, why not give them some of our popcorn, or maybe an iced woofin, and enjoy the film in style. We have an array of tasty snacks for dogs by The Barking Bakery to choose from that will make movie night extra fun!

The Barking Bakery bucket of popcorn for dogs. Available at Lords & Labradors Mini Woofin Muffins dog treats by The Baring Bakery - iced cakes for dogsThe Barking Bakery Iced Cookie for dogs - special occasion biscuit treats for dogs

Why not give them a glass of their very own wine with a bottle of Pawsecco? The Woof & Brew Posh Pooch 'Wine for Dogs comes in two flavours; Barker Bay Rosé and Tailwagger Creek White. It's suitable for both dogs and cats so if you have a cat in the house, they can come and join in the fun too!


Woof & Brew rosé 'wine' for dogs - available at Lords & Labradors woof and brew white 'wine' for dogs - available at Lords & Labradors

What about Chocolates? No film night is complete without a box of chocolates is it? Whilst we dogs can't share our own, they can enjoy some of our specially sourced carob chocolates. Bon Bon Pooch make an array or carob treats, truffles and lollipops. Now your dog can share in the snacks whilst you both snuggle down to the film...



Bonbon pooch stuffed treat bars    Bombon pooch truffles for dogs - available at Lords & Labradors    Bonbon Pooch paw shaped lollipop for dogs - available at Lords & Labradors  

Dress your dog up like Max from How The grinch Stole Christmas with his very own set of reindeer antlers. We have sparkly antlers or metallic white antlers that will bring Max to life in your loving room!

Sparkly reindeer antlers for dogs  dog wears a Christmas jumper and some reindeer antlers


Dress your dog like Beethoven with their very own Santa outfit for dogs. They'll look super cute in this mini fancy dress outfit. You can shop this and many more fancy dress ideas in our Grotto.

cocker spaniel dog wears a Santa outfit for dogs - she stands under a Christmas tree with lots of presents underneath.Christmas Santa Outfit for Dogs - Dog Dressing up outfit 


Treat your pup to their very own Snowdog that they can cuddle up to when they watch the film with you. We have a number of Snowdog themed toys for dogs including a plush snuggle and a squeaky toy - maybe one to give after the film has finished!

The Snowdog crinkle plush toy for dogs - available at Lords & LabradorsThe Snowdog squeaky toy for dogs - available at Lords & Labradors 

We hope our list of Christmas films helps to get you in the Christmas Spirit and we hope your canine family members enjoy them just as much as you!

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