National Treasure Inspired Dog Names in Pop Culture
Ben is a common dog name. It is also common among famous dogs. One such Ben is a digital pup. Talking Ben the Dog is the name of an educational app. Users can take care of Ben, including feeding the virtual dog and taking care of his grooming needs. You can go on "play dates" with Ben, and you can even visit him in his laboratory and watch as he mistakenly blows up things in the lab. Ben is a retired chemistry professor, and in his retirement, Ben enjoys a typical dog life (eating and sleeping).
Another famous dog named Ben is the Fox Terrier that belonged to the thirty-first President of the United States, Herbert Hoover. Known as Big Ben, this presidential pup was named for the large clock located in London. Ben was gifted to the Hoovers by a friend in Virginia. After the Hoovers left the White House, they gave Big Ben to one of the president's former secretaries, George Akerson, whose children enjoyed the pup for the rest of his days.
Aside of these two popular "Ben's," there are a number of other famous Bens throughout popular culture. A song titled "My Dog Ben" tells the story of one child's best friend and pet, Ben. (Ironically, the description of the Ben in the song is much like that of Big Ben, Hoover's Fox Terrier). There have also been television shows in which a dog named Ben is the focus (A show named "Jerry Jackson" had an episode named "A Dog Called Ben.") In 2013, a dog named Ben traveled a little more than ten miles in order to find one of his mates.
National Treasure Inspired Dog Name Considerations
While many heroic dogs (regardless of breed) exist, some breeds are distinctly noted for heroic characteristics. The German Shepherd is one of these breeds. The German Shepherd was originally bred to protect the herd; once the practice of sheep herding became less prominent, the breed was shifted into military work. In fact, the heroic deeds of the German Shepherd were noted by American soldiers, and that is one reason why the breed was brought to America. The German Shepherd is now a prominent K9 dog. Speaking of K9 dogs, the Belgian Malinois is a common police dog across the world.
The Saint Bernard is another breed that is often associated with heroic deeds. This breed was often used in search and rescue missions in the Alps for many decades, making it a heroic dog deserving of a name inspired by the National Treasure movie. These are merely a few heroic breeds. One should not forget the Golden Retriever, who is bred to be a companion dog. It is this penchant for the Golden that makes it a fantastic service dog.