Spike (dog)

Spike (1952–1962) was a lop-eared yellow Mastador (Mastiff/Labrador Retriever mix) and a dog actor best known for his performance as Old Yeller in the 1957 Disney film of the same name co-starring Tommy Kirk, Dorothy McGuire, Fess Parker, and Kevin Corcoran. Spike was rescued as a pup from a shelter in Van Nuys, California and became the pet and pupil of animal trainer Frank Weatherwax.[1]

For fictional dogs named Spike, see Spike_(character)#Dogs.
Spike pictured with Brian Keith in 1960
SpeciesCanis lupus familiaris
(Labrador Retriever/Mastiff)
Nation fromUnited States
OccupationDog actor
Notable roleKing in The She Creature
Old Yeller in Old Yeller
Patrasche in A Dog of Flanders
Pete in The Silent Call
OwnerFrank Weatherwax

Spike also appeared as Patrasche in 20th Century Fox's A Dog of Flanders with Donald Crisp and David Ladd in 1959 and as King in the 1956 film The She-Creature. In 1961, Spike was the star of The Silent Call, playing as Pete with Roger Mobley, David McLean and Gail Russell; the entire movie focused on his efforts to reunite with his human family who had been forced to leave him behind while traveling from Nevada to California.

Various television episodes of the period in which Spike appeared included The Mickey Mouse Club and Lassie, and he appeared in every episode of The Westerner with Brian Keith.[2][3]


  1. Kelly, Kate. "Old Yeller Played by Spike, a Lab/Mastiff Mix". America Comes Alive!. Retrieved November 10, 2017.
  2. "Old Yeller". Weatherwax, Dogs and the Movies. Archived from the original on January 24, 2009. Retrieved 12 July 2018.
  3. Smith-Rodgers, Sheryl (21 September 2008). "Honoring Old Yeller". American Profile. Archived from the original on February 10, 2009. Retrieved 12 July 2018.
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