The Ugly Dachshund

Movie review by
Nancy Davis Kho, Common Sense Media
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Slow-moving story is for dog lovers only.
  • NR
  • 1966
  • 93 minutes

Parents say

age 7+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 5+
Based on 2 reviews

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

Racist portrayal of Asian characters and dated dynamic between a married couple. Mutual devotion between dog and human is sweetly depicted.

Violence & Scariness
Sexy Stuff

Married couple exchange numerous affectionate embraces and kisses, but sleep in 1960s-issue twin beds.


Husband tells wife to "shut up" during a fight, then apologizes profusely.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

An anxious character drains a few glasses of champagne; another is teased about being drunk at a past social event.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this 1966 movie is a product of the era in which it was filmed, and the treatment of two Asian characters is racist by today's standards. The roles of husband and wife are also dated. Lots of scenes of adorable puppies getting up to mischief will make this a winner for dog lovers.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byMixyplixl August 28, 2014

Charming and funny with dogs and people antics!

This film is a lot of fun, both for the very funny mishaps the dogs cause, and also the way it shows how nuts people can be in their love of their pets - like t... Continue reading
Adult Written byapplebutter December 7, 2012

The Ugly Dachshund

I think this CSM reviewer is being too hard on this movie. The adults have a more realistic marriage, I think, than is shown in a lot of kids' movies. The... Continue reading
Teen, 17 years old Written byElla Stoltz November 12, 2016
Teen, 15 years old Written byagilelab21 July 12, 2009

A great family movie!

I'm an avid dog lover, and this movie shows that even if you have a bad dog(which is the owners fault for letting them get that way) you don't just ta... Continue reading

What's the story?

THE UGLY DACHSHUND is a live-action Disney movie that follows the trials and tribulations of Fran (Suzanne Pleshette) and Jim (Dean Jones) as they raise a litter of puppies born by their beloved dachshund Danke. Unbeknownst to Fran, Jim and the vet slip a Great Dane puppy into the litter, in Jim's quest for a more masculine companion. The Great Dane, Brutus, is forever getting into trouble for the mayhem caused by the other puppies, and Fran wants to get rid of him. Jim decides the only way for Fran to understand Brutus's value is to have him win a dog show which she, of course, has entered with Danke and her daughters.

Is it any good?

While scenes of puppies getting into mischief may entertain dog lovers of every age, neither plot nor the characters will win over other viewers. Fran is an unlikable nag who seems strangely vindictive to the hapless Great Dane pup, while Jim's passiveness masks a willingness to manipulate or hide facts to get his way. Plot threads are introduced and then left unresolved, like the presence of a cat burglar in the neighborhood. By the third scene of the puppies getting Brutus into trouble, we all know how it will end.

Scenes of beehive hairstyles, a milkman making a home delivery, a themed backyard barbecue, and fins on the automobiles lend a nostalgic '60s feel to the movie. Characters making fun of a Japanese character who embodies all the negative racial stereotypes of the era do not. The movie is appropriate family fare, but one viewing is probably all anyone will request.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about Jim's decision to sneak home a Great Dane puppy without telling his wife first. Was there a different way he could have handled it? Why does Fran finally start to like Brutus? What do you think that says about her character?

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