Horse Racing Inspired Dog Names in Pop Culture
One dog named Henry is the star of a children's book, and his purpose, to teach the reader a lesson. In Henry, the Dog with No Tail, our hero pup is an Australian Shepherd (this breed is generally born with a bobtail). Henry has many dog friends who have something he believes he really wants - a tail more like that of his friends. He mentions a Labrador Retriever and a Pug who have tails. In fact, Henry's Pug friend can do tricks with his tail. This saddens Henry and he feels left out. Henry decides to visit a local tailor so that he can have a tail made. Henry thinks that having this tail will make him happy; however, Henry's tail is too long, and it is often more of a burden to him than anything else. Because his new tail is not a part of his body, he can't do tricks with the tail like his Pug friend. His tail is longer than that of his Labrador Retriever friend, and Henry finally realizes that the tail he was born with (or without, as the case may be) is actually much better than any manufactured tail he could obtain. Henry was created to teach readers a lesson: we are given what we need, and we are to appreciate that. The book (and Henry's character) is very popular with children ages three - eight.
Another Henry that is becoming rather popular, or, in many ways, making a comeback, is Henry Dog. Henry Dog is a stuffed animal from the 1970s. Henry was created to be the face of the Animal Fair Toys company. Henry has changed much over his forty years, and vintage Henry Dog toys are quite popular on Ebay. Some Henry Dog plushes from the 1970s have sold for at least $100.00.
Horse Racing Inspired Dog Name Considerations
The Whippet is a long, lean speed machine. He is highly intelligent and easily trainable. He is actually a descendant of the Greyhound. His particular ancestors were considered too small for hunting (the original purpose of the Greyhound), and the developers of the breed put these smaller dogs together to create the Whippet breed.
The Whippet was originally intended to hunt rabbits and catch rats. Eventually, they would be praised for their speed and entered into dog races. With the ability to run at a top speed of thirty-five miles an hour, the Whippet is the most quickly accelerating dog in the world.
The Greyhound is also rather swift; their top speed has been clocked at forty-three miles an hour. The Greyhound was originally a hunting dog, and eventually his niche became dog racing. Unfortunately, the Greyhound is often mistreated by those wishing to make a fast dollar. Once the Greyhound's top racing days are over, usually between ages four and six, the Greyhound is surrendered to a shelter, where he may or may not find a forever home. However, there are activists who work to see the Greyhound treated properly, and there are many who adopt retired race dogs and give them a happy life while "retired."