DVDs make great stocking fillers, especially when the lead character is a dog
Cold, wintry days provide the perfect opportunity to gather the family around you and pop on a DVD. Our selection of dog-oriented movies offer good, clean entertainment for children and adults alike. Take your pick!
2. 101 Dalmatians (79 mins)
The original, 1961 cartoon is far better than the modern version starring Glenn Close and Jeff Daniels. Cruella De Vil’s error-prone henchmen dognap a litter of dalmatian puppies and their parents set out to find them before they are turned into fur coats.
7. Lassie Come Home (89 min)
Dashing back from school to catch the latest instalment of Lassie is a distant memory. The original 1943 movie is still the best when the collie (Lassie), whose destitute family is forced to sell her, escapes from her new owner and sets off from Scotland to return to her home in Yorkshire. A very young Elizabeth Taylor stars.
8. Old Yeller (83 min)
Set during the Civil War, the father of a family of settlers leaves them behind to go on a cattle drive to raise money. Young Travis becomes the man of the house, looking after his mother and brother, and tending the land when a stray dog comes across the family. As their bond grows, Travis and the dog become inseparable. An emotional, tear-jerker of a movie and one of the all-time classics.
9. Beethoven (87 min)
A puppy grows into a giant St Bernard in the comfortable surroundings of the Newton family home. Unbeknown to them, their vet, Dr Varnick, has plans to use Beethoven in secret experiments. When the family discover this it’s time for dad to step up to the plate.
10. The Fox and the Hound (83 min)
A classic Disney animated movie that tells the story of young pups Tod, a rescued fox, and hound Copper. As they grow up, their friendship is put to the test when they realise their true nature: hunter and prey.