Pound Puppies

TV review by
Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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Popular with kids
Heartwarming '80s remake is doggone fun for kids.

Parents say

age 7+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 4+
Based on 11 reviews

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Educational Value

Nothing brainy, but the show does boast some heartwarming messages about trust, loyalty, and the bonds between pets and their people.

Positive Messages

Interpersonal themes like loyalty, friendship, and trust are part of each story. The Pound Puppies’ goal is to find loving homes for stray dogs, and all of the stories have a heartwarming conclusion. The show’s focus on the doggie heroes means that the human characters are often seen as ineffective and unintelligent, but the comparison is spun for humor.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The dog pack is a well-meaning group whose primary goal is to see homeless dogs find a family. Although their methods might be questionable (intentionally breaking an expensive machine so the repairman and his son will return and adopt a dog, for instance), it’s all in good fun, and the outcome is a happy one.

Violence & Scariness
Sexy Stuff

Occasional name-calling like “numbskull” and “bonehead.”


The show is an updated version of a popular 1980s cartoon, which at the time was part of a merchandise line that included toys, books, and games.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this updated version bears little resemblance to the original 1980s cartoon of the same name, but it is filled with heartwarming messages about friendship, compassion, and the ties that bind animals and their human friends. The characters are a motley crew of both breeds and personalities, but they all adhere to one goal, which is to help their fellow dogs find loving homes. Expect a fair amount of good-natured bad behavior (snooping on humans and sabotaging their plans, for instance) and some mild name-calling (“bonehead” and “numbskull,” to name a few), but the rest of the content is doggone great for kids.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byWesley D. June 9, 2018


not that bad
Parent of a 2, 4, and 7-year-old Written bynewgirl1993 May 25, 2012
Teen, 16 years old Written bydog1 December 9, 2017

love it

i love it and good for kids
Teen, 14 years old Written bygrant12 February 15, 2016

so damn doggone good

love the animation love the charecters and love it
only catch diolauge is far above little kids.
love it and im 14. a bit of marketing issues but barely

What's the story?

POUND PUPPIES is the story of an underground network of canines whose mission is to match up homeless dogs with dog-less people. Operating from a secret command center beneath Shelter 17, Lucky (voiced by Eric McCormack), Cookie (Yvette Nicole Brown), Strudel (Alanna Ubach), and the other Pound Puppies befriend newcomers to the shelter and set to work identifying their ideal human match. Creativity is key to the process, since all of this must be done under the not-so-watchful eyes of the distracted shelter director Mr. McLeish (Rene Auberjonois) and the dimwitted dog catcher, Olaf (M. Emmet Walsh).

Is it any good?

Pound Puppies originally burst onto the scene in the mid-‘80s as sad-eyed plush animals whose instant popularity spawned a TV special, an animated series, and a movie. This 2010 version borrows little more than the name from the original, with all new characters and a new direction for the stories. The good news is that its focus on the do-gooder dog pack has some imbedded messages about empathy and helping others, since the Pound Puppies aren’t out to help themselves -- and some of them even have their own families to go home to.

From tough-talking Cookie to resourceful little Squirt (Michael Rappaport), kids are sure to love the diverse doggie characters in this cute series, and their minor transgressions won’t have any adverse effect on a young audience because it’s clearly done in humor. There is some name-calling among the pups, but the rest of the show is well suited -- and even a bit heartwarming -- for kids.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about helping others. In what ways do the Pound Puppies help their friends? In what ways are their actions difficult for them? What reward do they get from helping others? How do you feel when you help someone?

  • Parents and their kids can talk about pet care. Why is having a pet a big responsibility? What are some of the jobs associated with having a pet? If you could have any animal, what would it be? What special needs would that animal have? Could you fulfill those needs, or would you need help?

  • Kids: In what ways do TV shows or movies influence your likes and dislikes? Does seeing a show or movie with particular characters make you more inclined to want toys or books with those same characters? What are some of your favorite TV shows? What, if any, other products do you have with characters from those same shows?

TV details

Our editors recommend

For kids who love pets and animals

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