The Top Dog Actors in Film and TV

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There is an old adage in Hollywood about never working with kids or animals, but as the push for more and more content continues to grow, that saying has fallen by the wayside. Nowadays, some of the most unique content is that which has an animal in the cast — and not just something to look cute and be in the background of a scene, but actually front, center and part of the action. And for good reason! Animals, especially dogs, are scene stealers for how quickly they can pick up special skills for productions — from standing in for a service dog, to climbing ladders, to more traditional tricks of fetching something specific for a scene.

Here, Variety celebrates the top dog actors of the moment — across screen size.