Move over Forbes and your most powerful celebrities list. From Brian Griffin’s death heard ‘round the world to Baxter’s growing ego on the set of Anchorman 2—this is the year of the dog,
DOGTV – the first television network created just for dogs – has searched high and low to determine the most powerful pups of 2013. Pooches were selected based on several criteria, including on-air screen time, top-billed costars, ratings, awards and earnings. But, the ultimate decision came down to news coverage. These pup-arazzi targets made national headlines in 2013 for their many accomplishments.
Take a look at DOGTV’s World’s Most Powerful Dogs of 2013.
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Brian Griffin, Family Guy
While Oprah might top the Forbes Most Powerful Celebrities list, she’s no match for 2013’s No. 1 dog – Brian Griffin. Family Guy fans everywhere were shocked about the untimely demise of the Griffin family’s beloved dog, Brian. He might be headed for retirement, but his TV death led the way to the show’s best ratings of the year the following week (2.6 million viewers).
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Baxter, Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues
Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues hasn’t even hit theaters and already its canine star has it made. Baxter, Ron Burgundy’s (Will Ferrell) trusted companion, won hearts in the first installment and has been seen doing some major press for the second film. The border terrier is set to play an even larger role in the second film, which, according to Ferrell, has given him quite the ego; nearly costing the entire shoot with his extravagant demands.
Stella, Modern Family
The Prichette family dog got a new face last season when it decided to recast the French bulldog that originally played the role of Stella. Beatrice, the lucky pup who landed the role, has spent the last year rubbing elbows with the likes of Ed O’Neill and Sofia Vergara and entertaining more than 4.6 million viewers on a weekly basis.
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As the show’s namesake, Wilfred, the bad-boy hallucination of Elijah Wood’s character, has made a name for himself as the bad boy of the canine world. This loveable, yet menacing pooch has “charmed” more than 2 million viewers on a weekly basis since its 2011 premier.
Giggy, Vanderpump Rules/Real Housewives of Beverly Hills
By far the most well dressed pup on TV, Giggy has warmed the hearts of millions on not one, but two BRAVO shows. This Pomeranian has nearly outshined his fabulous owner, Lisa Vanderpump, with his accessorizing ways.
“It’s very hard,” she told BuzzFeed. “He’s got one paw here. One paw there. Some days everyone wants a piece of him. He’s done five talk shows this week.”
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Jewel, Winner of National Dog Show 2013
The National Dog Show is a Thanksgiving tradition that some take more seriously than any parade or football game. This year, Jewel, a 3-year-old American foxhound, took home “Best in Show”—beating more than 1,500 dogs—and the grand prize of more than $20,000. Additionally, she holds the “Best in Group” title from the 2012 National Dog Show. Her titles have made her the top-winning American foxhound in the history of the breed.
Walle, Worlds Ugliest Dog 2013 winner
While Jewel may be the best of the best, Walle is the best of the worst. A mutt with a face only a mother would love, Walle was awarded first place in the World’s Ugliest Dog competition. Along with a $1,500 prize, Walle appeared on TODAY and Jimmy Kimmel.
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Isis, Downton Abbey
Isis lives in the lap of luxury as the Earl of Grantham’s beloved labrador. With viewers in more than 100 countries, Downton Abbey is one of the most popular British imports since the Spice Girls. Working alongside major star power like Dame Maggie Smith, Isis has held her own and even had an entire episode dedicated to her – Thomas, we’ve still not forgiven you for that.
Boomer, Google Nexus 7 Commercial
Google tugged on the heart strings this year with its Nexus 7 commercial, showcasing a sick dog and a kid in college that needed to get home. Boomer’s sad eyes make even the hardest heart melt as you think about the short time we get with our furry friends. We’re hoping Boomer’s stint as a sick dog earned him some Google stock.
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No dog list would be complete without the dopest dog of all – Snoop Dogg. After a brief stint as a feline, the rapper-turned-reggae-turned-funk artist returned to his canine roots this fall and has just released his new album, 7 Days of Funk. That should add nicely to his $120 million net worth.