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.

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