Top 10 Christmas movies with dogs to watch

Christmas movies with dogs

It’s the season of love, laughter, and howls! Family, friends, fun, feasts, and furry companions are all ingredients for a happy festive season. After eating far too much festive food (guiltlessly), we all love to crash on the couch and kick our feet up for a good movie. So, grab some hot cocoa and cuddle with your pup, and check out this list of top 10 Christmas movies with dogs that are perfect holiday classics.

These dog related Christmas movies will put you in the holiday spirit, and if your dog loves to watch other dogs on screen, you guys are going to binge watch them all for sure.

Here’s a list of classic Christmas movies with dogs for you and your buddy.

1.Project: Puppies for Christmas

Released in the year 2019, Project: Puppies for Christmas shows two young girls who set a good example in the way they treat everyone and try to bring back the Christmas spirit to a grumpy old man, for they believe that Santa will bring them puppies for their good deed.

It is a wholesome movie that your whole family could enjoy this Christmas season. A tip, have your tissues ready!

IMDB Rating – 7.8/10

2.The 12 Dogs of Christmas

This is a story of a girl, Emma, who stands up to save all the banned dogs in her city by showing everyone the true meaning of Christmas.

The film has a sequel named, 12 Dogs of Christmas: Great Puppy Rescue which will equally inspire you like the first part. The sequel shows Emma saving a puppy orphanage. It was released in 2012.

These movies will make you think about how giving back to dogs or anyone in need is a great holiday tradition to start in every home.

IMDB Rating – 5.4/10

3.A dog named Christmas

One of my favourites and an adorable entry in the Christmas movies with dogs is the classic story – A dog named Christmas.

The movie tells the story of a family and their developmentally challenged son who develops a special bond with a Labrador who they foster for the holidays. The boy then encourages people of his town for more dog adoptions.

IMDB Rating – 7.4/10

4.Beethoven’s Christmas Adventure

Beethoven is a charming and beloved St. Bernard who must save Christmas. In this adventurous story, Beethoven must rescue an elf who makes a crash landing in the city, help him get back Santa’s magic toy bag from a gang of greedy thieves, and to give back the sleigh to its real owner.

I know that is quite a lot of pressure for a pooch, but after watching Beethoven’s Christmas Adventure perhaps your dog will appreciate their drama-free and blessed life after snuggling up with you for this action-packed movie.

IMDB Rating – 4.4/10

5.The Christmas Shepherd

It’s one of Hallmark’s dog-centered pieces that features a German Shepherd named Buddy. Sally is a widow, and after her husband dies, she is left with just Buddy, his German Shepherd.

A severe storm which makes Buddy run off afraid will make you hug your doggo tight and soon you two will be engrossed in a series of events that are sure to unite Buddy and Sally, but there’s more.

Watch the movie to know the beautiful ending!

IMDB Rating – 6.8/10

6.How the Grinch Stole Christmas!

This is my all-time favourite of Christmas movies with dogs.  The movie features a green, revenge-seeking Grinch who plans to ruin Christmas for all the citizens of a town, but Max, the Grinch’s dog, the unsung hero of this film gives the movie a happy ending.

Not only does he work hard to please his grumpy guardian, the Grinch, but he also manages to have his heart changed in the generous holiday spirit.

IMDB Rating – 6.2/10

7.Up on the Woof top

If you have kids at home, Up on the Woof top is going to make a perfect watch while the kiddos snuggle with their furry friends.

Toby, a smaller than average dog, is in the team of Santa’s helping hands of elves. He dreams of leading Santa’s sleigh someday. One night, after sneaking on to Santa’s sleigh, he gets accidentally left behind and finds himself with two kids.

Watch this movie to find out if Toby’s makes his way back to the North Pole or not.

IMDB Rating – 6.6/10

8.Christmas with Tucker

Christmas with Tucker is a story that was based on a book which gives the movie some depth. It is an excellent story that will make you want to hug your darling dog a little closer.

A 13-year-old George must deal with his sadness after losing his father. While helping his grandfather and grandmother to run their struggling farm, George meets Tucker, the neighbour’s dog.

George form an instant bond with Tucker and soon begins a tearjerker story blended with tragedy and hope.

Christmas with Tucker is perfect for those cold nights when you need a good happy cry while snuggling with your warm pup.

IMDB Rating – 6.8/10

9.Pups Alone

Released this year in November 2021, Pups Alone is a doggy style film of the famous movie – Home Alone. The movie features a simple plot with whispering dogs that live with their hoomans in a neighbourhood.

While their masters are away on a trip, two clumsy thieves try to steal some latest inventions from a house in the neighbourhood.

Using these inventions, the dogs will set up a house of horrors for the thieves, and they will entertain you with plenty of slapstick humour and emotional moments.

Not a complete Christmas based movie, but it is a highly recommended holiday movie for an entire dog-lover family!

IMDB Rating – 6.3/10

10. Santa Buddies

Santa Buddies is the flavour for old Christmas classics and it hits the mark when it comes to Christmas movies with dogs.

It is an entertaining family film and the fourth installment in the Air Bud series. The talking Pyrenean Mountain Dogs, also known as the Great Pyrenees dogs are fun to watch and very adorable.

The Disney fantasy begins with the Christmas Icicle melting at the North Pole because people do not believe in Christmas anymore. This creates all sorts of problems and the chaos begins for Santa and his buddies, the pups.

Will the pups save the Christmas Icicle? How will they make sure Christmas goes off without a hitch?

Well, if you believe in the magic of Christmas, this one’s certainly for you.

IMDB Rating – 4.8/10


Christmas movies with dogs is something we put on our Christmas to-do list every year. I absolutely love to watch these dog movies with my entire family. My dogs just desperately want to see other dogs on the big screen, and I’ll be honest, they enjoy these movies the most.

These top 10 Christmas movies with dogs are the best Christmas movies I have ever seen in my entire life! The great characters and touching stories is that I always look forward to seeing every year, because each one has a different feel, but mostly because I simply adore those furry faces when they silently tilt their head gazing at the screen.

On a whole, these are some wonderful movies that should be in everybody’s collection of Christmas movies for years to come.

Happy Howlidays!

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