In the 1980s, Toys Really Went to the Dogs…

In the mid-80s, toys went to the dogs. Literally! (Rim shot) Okay, sorry for that one, but it is true that there were a lot of dog-based toys back then. Here are a few of my favorites:

Rub-A-Dub Doggie – this dog toy had appeal not just because the dog was super cute and could go in the bathtub, but because he appealed to that desire for a friend I always had.

Pound Puppies – another toy that pulled on the heartstrings, Pound Puppies were so popular they spawned a TV show and sister toy,

Wrinkles – not all kids like their toy dogs looking youthful and spry. Some like geezer dogs. That’s where Wrinkles comes in.

Seeing as how dogs have a timeless and universal appeal, it is no surprise that so many toys were based on them. I’d say the toymakers were just being smart to make so many dog toys. I might even say they were being doggone smart!


Doug is a child of the 80s who was raised in Ohio and is now living the life of oblivion in the bay area of California.

Latest posts by Doug (see all)

Never Miss an Episode

Stay up-to-date on the latest from the Retroist Podcast. Sign up and receive email notifications when there's a new episode of the Retroist Podcast or when we launch new podcasts.
* indicates required

3 thoughts on “In the 1980s, Toys Really Went to the Dogs…

  1. Drahken says:

    I remember the commercials for all those toys, though the only one I ever owned was a beanie baby sized pound puppy (I think they came with happy meals or something). I loved the original pound puppies cartoon (unlike the recent remake).

    You have to admit that rub a dub doggie commercial is correct, 2 in the tub truly is more fun than 1. *waggles eyebrows*

  2. Atari Adventure Square says:

    My long-gone stuffed Snoopy doll would’ve agreed with this post.

    My 60s plastic Lassie just stares and stares.
    I think that means yes, toy dogs are here to stay.


    Good dog.

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.