This adorable face is known to many for appearing on screen many times, but still, a lot of people want to know – what breed is Benji?
This is Benji, a fictional and lovable dog created by Joe Camp for the Benji film franchise.
WHEN DID BENJI FIRST APPEAR?
Benji has been appearing in movies and television series since 1974, the last time in 2018 through Netflix. The Benji franchise has so far released seven films, three TV series, two documentaries, and even a video game! How adorable is that? Benji also had cameo appearances in two movies. First in an American slapstick titled “Hawmps!” in 1976 and the other one in “The Double McGuffin” in 1979, an American mystery film. The 2018 Netflix-released film is an American family drama that was written by Brandon Camp.
WHAT KIND OF DOG IS BENJI?
Benji is a rescue dog, just like the role he portrays in the movie. He was a stray dog that was abandoned in a parking lot and was later brought to a rescue shelter. You may ask, “How can anyone just leave behind this darling doggie?” I know, I know. I ask myself the same question. How can anyone resist the look of those brown eyes, not to mention his charming behavior?
Going back to the question, so what dog breed is Benji, really? The answer is none – none, in particular, to be clear. Benji is a mixed-breed mutt which according to its creator displays the attributes of a Tibetan Terrier and a Spaniel.
The original Benji, whose name is Higgins, was actually adopted from the Burbank Animal Shelter when he was still a little puppy. His trainer believed he was a mixture of a miniature poodle, a cocker spaniel, and a schnauzer, although in the shelter he was labeled as a border terrier.
WHERE TO FIND A DOG LIKE BENJI?
If you are looking for a dog that exactly looks like adorable Benji, I’m afraid you won’t be able to find one that easily.
Try your luck by visiting shelters and rescues to look for a pup that speaks to you. You may not find something that resembles Benji, but we are pretty sure a pup in there wants to be taken by you. Should you get one, why don’t you teach him some “Benji tricks?” Get The Benji Method book and teach your new baby to do what Benji does in the movies.
Who knows, you may get to adopt a new Netflix star! This book will help you learn how to train a puppy from the ground up with methods that are used by the top dog trainers in the world. The Kindle version of The Benji Method also includes 90 minutes of embedded video with Joe Camp and Benji giving demonstrations of the training methods detailed in the book. You can follow along and see results in your own dog training as well. You can view the videos by tapping on the links on the book through your wifi-compliant kindle or your tablet with the Kindle app.
HOW MANY BENJI DOGS WERE THERE?
Four different dogs have played Benji.
WHAT IS THE SMARTEST DOG BREED?
Obviously we would say Alaskan Malamute! But this really depends on how you define dog intelligence. For having the intelligence to survive in the Arctic, the Malamute is great, for herding sheep the Welsh Border Collie is the top, as a Guide Dog, Labradors and Retrievers have it licked. Every breed is clever in their own way.
WHERE WAS BENJI FILMED?
Benji was filmed in Texas, specifically around McKinney and Denton.