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September 17, 2013 at 8:00 AMComments: 0 Faves: 0

Top 10 Dog Football Mascots

By Victoria Swanson More Blogs by This AuthorFrom the Paws & Awws Blog Series

Are you preparing your fantasy football lineup, getting ready for tailgating, or checking your TV's local listings for the next BIG college game? It's that time of year again, and I love every ounce of hoopla that surrounds the college football season. As a true dog lover, I look forward to the cuteness of dog mascots (real or costumed) most of all. So, I thought it would be the perfect time to list the Top 10 Football Dog Mascots!?"

Ready, Set, Hut... Hut!

English Bulldog

The English Bulldog is a fav among universities! This breed is famously recognized as a mascot for Georgetown, Yale, Mississippi, Georgia, Louisiana Tech, and many more!

Bluetick Coonhound

The Bluetick Coonhound has been representing the University of Tennessee since 1953, and they are proud to still have Smokey as their mascot today! This Bluetick Coonhound is always excited to bring out The Vols for the start of every home game!

Collie

Texas A&M has a Collie representing their football team. Her name is Reveille. (All Reveille's to this date have been females.) She is so named because the first Reveille barked at the bugle call, which is the name of the military wake up call. Still, the A&M mascot wasn't always a collie. The first Reveille was actually a stray black/white mutt that was snuck onto campus after being accidentally hit by the band bus. The Collie was introduced after the first Reveille passed away and has held the position since.

Husky

Since 1940, the Husky has held the mascot title at Northern Illinois University. Although they typically use a costume, there have been "real" Huskies on the field supporting the team in the past.

Scottish Terrier

A Scottish Terrier represents the Carnegie Mellon University football team. In 2007, Carnegie made it official and welcomed this breed as their first mascot. The mascot name is, of course, Scotty!

Greyhound

The University of Indianapolis mascot is the Greyhound. The mascot wears a costume, as they do not have a live Greyhound representing their football team. The Greyhound is known for their speed and determination, making it the perfect mascot for a football team!

Boston Terrier

Boston University's mascot is named after Rhett Butler, the classic Gone with the Wind character. The name is based on Rhett's passionate love for Scarlett, which happens to be one of the school's primary colors. Again, the beloved Boston Terrier mascot is not "real."

St. Bernard

Siena College in Loudonville, New York has the St. Bernard representing their team. The college is named after a 15th century Italian Franciscan friar, Saint Bernardino of Siena, and found it fitting to have a St. Bernard (Bernie) as their mascot.

Great Dane

The University of Albany (New York) is proud to have a Great Dane as their mascot. The Great Dane was selected in 1965 because of what the breed's history represented: a warrior with strength, courage, and stamina. Because of its physical stature, the Great Dane is a breed that is definitely "looked up to!"

Golden Retriever

The University of Tulsa decided to make one of the most beloved and popular breeds their mascot: the Golden Retriever. In August of this year, the Golden Hurricane's officially announced a 5 month-old Golden Retriever (named Goldie) as their mascot - so adorable. And really, who doesn't LOVE a Golden?!

References:

CMU Mascot

NIU Huskies

Dogington Post - Mascots

BJ Mendelson - Dog Mascots

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