College / University Dog Mascots January 09, 2015 16:40

Colleges and universities select their mascots to help embody key character traits and values that they feel are characteristic of their institutions' student body and sports team.  Many colleges and universities choose animals to represent them as mascots.  With superior speed, strength, agility, determination, confidence, intelligence and loyalty, it's no surprise that dogs are often chosen as mascots. Some schools choose to have "live" mascots while others are in name / logo only.  

Topping the list of dog breeds are bulldogs.  With beefy bulky muscles, this breed exudes strength and confidence.  They simply look the part. There is a large list of schools that have chosen bulldogs as their mascot including:


A recent photo of Uga; the University of Georgia's dog mascot.

• Ben of McPherson College in McPherson, Kansas
• Bruiser of Adrian College in Adrian, Michigan
• Brutus the Bulldog of Ferris State University, Big Rapids, Michigan
• Buddy of University of Redlands of Redlands, California
• Bully of Mississippi State in Starkville, Mississippi
• Butler Blue II of Butler University in Indianapolis, Indiana
• Colonel Rock “Rocky” of Western Illinois University in Macomb, Illinois
• Duke Dog of James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia
• Handsome Dan of Yale in New Haven, Connecticut
• Jack of Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.
• Lulu and Mac T. Bulldog of Gardner-Webb University in Boiling Springs, North Carolina
• Rocky the Bulldog of UNC-Asheville
• Spike of Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa
• Spike of Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington
• Spike and Simone of Truman State University in Missouri.
• Tarzan of University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez
• Tech of Louisiana Tech University in Ruston, Louisiana
• Timeout of Fresno State in Fresno, California
• Uga of University of Georgia in Athens, Georgia

Another very popular choice of dog breed for mascots is the Husky.  A strong, hard-working, intelligent and determined breed, this dog well-represents many fine institutions.

Photo of a husky breed dog mascot. 
• Blizzard T. Husky of Michigan Tech
• Harry the Husky of University of Washington
• Jonathan of U Conn
• King Husky of Northeastern
• Mingo of Houston Baptist University
• Roongo of Bloomsburg University of PA
• Victor E. Husky of Northern Illinois University

There are many schools that, for one reason or another, have chosen their own "unique" breed of dog as their beloved mascot.  With each school having as much of a unique identify rich with history and tradition as the dogs they choose, the qualities of each breed help symbolize these qualities and differences with pride and distinction.  

Other Breeds:
A photo of Smokey, the University of Tennessee's dog mascot. 
A photo of Reveille, Texas A&M University Aggies dog mascot. 
• The Southern Illinois Carbondale has a Saluki
• Texas A&M has Reveille which is a Collie (although the original Reveille was a mixed-breed rescue)
• Siena College has Bernie, a St. Bernard
• Boston University has Rhett which is a Boston Terrier
• Carnegie Mellon has a Scottish Terrier
• Agnes Scott College also has a Scottie
• University of Albany has a Great Dane
• University of Indianapolis has a Greyhound
• John Jay College of Criminal Justice has a Bloodhound
• University of Tennessee has Smokey, a Bluetick Coonhound

I will follow-up with a series of posts; each highlighting a specific live mascot.  To kick things off, I will tell the story of Uga, the University of Georgia's beloved mascot.