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Mutt Madness: Which Universities Have Real Dogs as Mascots?

Mutt Madness: Which Universities Have Real Dogs as Mascots?

With March Madness upon us, I think it’s pertinent that we take a look at the long, illustrious list of live dog mascots at America’s colleges and universities!

Reveille VIII – Texas A&M University

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Did you know that Reveille is actually the highest ranking member of the Corps of Cadets?

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Dubs – University of Washington

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Dubs is actually an Alaskan Malamute, not a Husky!

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Smokey X – University of Tennessee

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The use of a dog named Smokey as the Vols mascot celebrated its 60th birthday in 2013!

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Zeke the Wonder Dog – Michigan State University

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Zeke is the only non-human to receive a varsity letter at Michigan State!

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Bully the Bulldog – Mississippi State University

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When the first Bully’s life was cut short by an accident, the campus observed days of mourning, a half-mile funeral procession and burial under the bench at the 50-yard line.

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Handsome Dan – Yale University

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Yale was the first university in the United States to adopt a mascot, a tradition starting back in 1889.

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Blue III – Butler University

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Butler Blue has his own van and even a children’s book titled after him named “Good Boy, Blue!”

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Uga IX – University of Georgia

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Uga’s jerseys are custom-made each season from the same material used for the players’ jerseys!

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Jack – Georgetown University

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Some say it is possible that the team was named for the dog, Hoya, who was in turn named for the traditional cheer.

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Duke Dog – James Madison University

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When Duke Dog debuted in 1973, he wore a crown and regal purple-and-gold cape.

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Jonathan XIV – University of Connecticut

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UCONN has had a live mascot since 1935. The dog was named Jonathan after Colonial Gov. Jonathan Trumbull.

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Tuffy – North Carolina State University

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Tuffy is a Tamaskan Dog that originated from Finland. Although they have the appearance of a wolf, they actually contain no recent wolf ancestry.

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Diesel – Northern Illinois University

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After 9 years of service as the mascot, Diesel retired after the 2013 season. He was honored alongside the seniors at NIU’s Senior Day. A husky named Mission will take Diesel’s place next season.

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Scotty – Carnegie Melon University

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After speaking at commencement in 2007, comedian and canine enthusiast Bill Cosby was inspired to give Carnegie Mellon its first live mascot, Scotty!

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Bruiser – Adrian College

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Bruiser was born in Oklahoma and is one of the newest mascots on our list. He debuted at Adrian College in 2009.

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Rocky – UNC Asheville

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Rocky is a rescued Victorian Bulldog. UNC Asheville had four previous bulldogs who served as the mascot from 1948 to the early 1980s.

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Vic and Tory – Eastern New Mexico University

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Vic and Tory are both rescue greyhounds. They were adopted by ENMU in December 2009.

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