The History of Scooby Doo
Fred Silverman, president of CBS children’s programming, was looking for a show that would surpass popular superhero shows and lead his young audiences toward comedy and adventure.
The characters in the series were inspired by the cast of the TV comedy “Dobie Gillis’s Many Loves” and “I Love Mystery” “from a radio show.
The show began with a Great Dane being accompanied by four California high school teens who solved mysteries as they traveled the country in their van called, “The Mystery Machine.” Until then, the Great Dane could not speak and was not the main character.
The show was named “Mysteries Five”, later it was changed to “Who’s Afraid?” The series was then introduced to Frank Stanton, chairman of CBS management as a new Saturday morning comic in late 1969.
But the illustrations were considered too gruesome and Stanton rejected them since his audience would be children.
Disappointed, Fred Silverman flew back to Los Angeles. On the flight, he heard a song by Frank Sinatra, “Strangers in the Night.” The phrase, “Scooby Dooby Doo” stuck in his mind so much that he flew back, renaming the series, “Scooby-Doo, Where are you?” and made the Great Dane, Scooby Doo the star of the show, without forbidding him to speak, and having the other characters to support him.
“Scooby Doo Where Are You?” it began in September 1969 on CBS, being a thirty-minute cartoon. Little did Fred Silverman know that he was about to inspire the character with the longest career in TV cartoon history.
So, What Kind of Dog Is Scooby-Doo?
The most famous detective dog on the small screen is a Great Dane. One of the largest canine breeds that exist, these giant dogs can weigh up to 190 pounds and measure 40 Inches in height. Can You imagine?
This type of dog is characterized by mistrusting strangers to the point of becoming very aggressive. Two points that have nothing to do with our dear Scooby-doo. He was somewhat frightened and too loving to belong to this race, quite different from the great Dane, something that Iwao Takamoto, creator of the drawing, says he did on purpose to please the children.
Comparing Scooby doo Vs Great Dane
Great Dane Characteristics
Names: Great Dane, Giant Danish, Deutsche Dogge, Great Dane.
Size: between 31 and 39 inches for males and between 28 and 32 inches for females. For males, the height should not exceed 40 inches and for females, the maximum height is 33 Inches.
Weight: between 144 and 216 pounds depending on size and gender.
Color: the Great Dane can have several coat colors: fawn, black, brindle (light brown striped with dark brown), blue, or even harlequin (white with black spots).
Body: the body and the limbs, especially those of the male, must fit into a square, which is not necessarily the case in the female because she is generally more elongated.
Coat: Very short, thick, smooth, and shiny.
Hair maintenance: regular brushing is sufficient to maintain the coat of the Great Dane.
Head: harmonious with the rest of the body and slightly elongated.
Eyes: dark in color.
Ears: The ears of the Great Dane are drooping and rounded.
Tail: The tail of the Great Dane is medium in size, reaching the hock.
Life expectancy: 7 years.
Scooby doo Characteristics
Names: Scooby doo, Scooby, Scoobert Doo, Scoobert, Scoob
Size: Scooby doo is 5-10 tall.
Weight: between 120 and 150 pounds.
Color: He has a black nose and wears a pale yellow blue diamond-shaped collar with an SD (his initials) and has four toes on each foot. Unlike other dogs, Scooby only has one cushion on each of its paws
Body: Skinny body with long limbs, Scooby has opposable thumbs and can use his front legs as hands
Coat: Very short, thick, smooth, and shiny.
Hair maintenance: regular brushing and showering with Shaggy.
Head: long neck with a tall head.
Ears: The ears of the scooby doo are long and erect.
Tail: long in size, reaching the hock.
Life expectancy: 7 to 10 years.
A Real-Life Scooby-Doo
He is a “little guy” almost eight feet tall and weighing 200 pounds called “Presley.” Many already call him the ” Scooby-Doo ” of real life.
When the Great Dane is confronted with a dog, even a tiny one, he runs off in search of a hug and comfort from his owner Sian Barrett, 47, of Oldbury, UK.
Presley even has a blanket that he uses as a cover to stop feeling scared and often loves to put it in his mouth.
“Presley is without a doubt the Scooby-Doo of real life, he’s scared of everything. He is always scared of smaller dogs and hides from plastic bags. He hates the creaking of plastic and is always scared when he hears it. ” “He is such a shy dog that I have to leave the room every time I have plastic bags,” explains Mrs. Barrett.
“He was recently walking in the park with Presley and he got scared of a West Highland Terrier, which is dwarf compared to him. Presley didn’t come back until the other dog left and he was safe. In no way does his temperament match his size, but he is afraid of everything. “
But Mrs. Barrett says the biggest “Scooby-Doo” fears is the vacuum cleaner and the plastic bags.
Is Scooby-Doo The Biggest Dog In The World?
Now that we know the dog breed behind the famous cartoon character scooby doo, here are the 2 biggest Dogs in the world….. and Yes they are Great Danes
The largest living dog in the world, Freddy
According to the World Guinness Book, the largest living dog in the world is called Freddy. His gigantism record was approved on September 13, 2016, when he was only 4 years old.
Freddy is a magnificent Great Dane (or Danish) measuring 3.3 feet at the withers… and 7.4 feet on his hind legs… or one third the height of a giraffe. He happily exceeds his owner, Claire Stoneman, who measures only 5.8 ft.
Freddy lives with his sister Fleur in the County of Essex, UK. His owner adopted him when he was only a puppy … Claire had no idea that her Freddy would reach these impressive dimensions.
When it comes to food, it’s true that Freddy is necessarily very demanding! His owner spends around $10,000 a year to feed Fleur and her gentle 215-pound giant.
The greatest dog of all time, Zeus
Freddy could not dethrone Zeus, another Great Dane, who holds the record for the tallest dog of all time.
Zeus, whose record was approved on October 4, 2011, measured 3.8 ft at the withers and 168 pounds and lived in Otsego in the state of Michigan in the United States. Zeus died in 2014 when he was only 5 years old.
Exceptional, Zeus was not only famous for his size but also by his very gentle character which made him an excellent therapy dog.
So, Is the Great Dane the tallest breed of dog?
Technically, no. The breed of dog that displays the largest size at the withers is normally the Irish Wolfhound with a standard of 34 inches for the male against “only” 31 inches for the Great Dane. But, when dogs like Zeus or Freddy get that big, then they surpass all standards. In recent years, it has been a coincidence that all the record holders for the tallest dog in the world have been German Mastiffs.
Facts You Might Not Know About Scooby Doo
Scooby’s Real Name Is
The Great Dane Scooby’s full name is Scoobert. The series, originally would be called Scoobert, where are you? Then it turned into Scooby-Doo, Where are you?
The name is inspired by the Frank Sinatra song Strangers in the Night, where Doobie doobie doo sings, have you hear that song?
Who Designed Scooby?
The Japanese artist Iwao Takamoto, who had previously worked at Disney, was commissioned to design the puppy Scooby.
Takamoto is the son of Japanese migrants in the United States, he was interned in a concentration camp in the United States along with his family during World War II, after the attack on Pearl Harbor. There he learned to draw thanks to film workers who were also confined there.
What Breed Is Scooby-Doo?
Before the production company decided that Scooby Doo was a Great Dane (yes, he is a Great Dane), they thought that he better be an English Shepherd, but when they finished the design they realized that their Scooby looked a lot like Archie’s dog, so they made changes to it and went with the Great Dane.
The Scooby Doo design team met with a dog breeder to confirm that Scooby met all the hallmarks of a Great Dane. But in the end, they chose to ditch almost all of them to make Scooby look a little cuter.
Scooby Doo Held The Record For The Longest Animated Series In History
In 2004 and 2005, Scooby-Doo held the Guinness record for being the American animated series with the highest number of episodes but was later ousted by The Simpsons.