The Houndcats

The Houndcats is an American Saturday morning cartoon series produced by DePatie–Freleng Enterprises. The series was broadcast by NBC from September 9 to December 2, 1972, with reruns continuing until September 1, 1973. Thirteen episodes were produced.

The Houndcats
Created byJoe Ruby & Ken Spears[1]
Voices ofMichael Bell
Country of originUnited States
No. of episodes13
Producer(s)Friz Freleng
David H. DePatie
Running time22 minutes (per episode)
Production company(s)DePatie–Freleng Enterprises
DistributorCBS Television Distribution
Original networkNBC
Original releaseSeptember 9 
December 2, 1972


Loosely based on the CBS adventure series Mission: Impossible and the short-lived 1971 series Bearcats!, it was headed by a combined team of (three) dogs and (two) cats, hence the name, as they go on spy missions in 1914 America.

Each episode begins with the Houndcats receiving their orders from their unseen "Chief", whose message is played on an old-fashioned gramophone, player-piano or other device, parodying the tape recorder scene at the start of most episodes of Mission: Impossible. However, the words "this message will self-destruct in five seconds", always takes the Houndcats by surprise, causing them to run away from the explosion.


  • The "Houndcats" were led by cool and confident cat Stutz.
  • Ding Dog was Stutz' right-hand man. He wore a blue Civil War uniform. He was known for bad timing and bad judgment. He is a Briard.
  • Muscle Mutt was the muscle - large, bulky and ever-hungry, his eyes were almost always hidden under his hat. He is an Old English Sheepdog.
  • Putty Puss was a tiny cat and a disguise expert.
  • Rhubarb was a dog and a scientist. He wore a long coat and a large sombrero usually revealing only his nose. His coat was full of gadgets.


Production notes

13 half-hour episodes of the series were produced. An adult laugh track was added, as was common practice for cartoon series at the time.


  • The Houndcats (1972–1973)
  • The Houndcats and The Barkleys (1972–1973)


On October 20, 2015, Film Chest Media Group released The Barkleys and The Houndcats - 2 DVD Classic Animation Set on DVD in Region 1.[2] This collection features all 13 episodes of the series on DVD for the very first time.

The show was previously syndicated by Viacom International, which is now CBS Television Distribution.[3]


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