- For fictional dogs named Spike, see Spike (character)#Dogs.
Spike pictured with Brian Keith in 1960
|Species||Canis lupus familiaris|
|Nation from||United States|
|Notable role||King in The She Creature |
Old Yeller in Old Yeller
Patrasche in A Dog of Flanders
Pete in The Silent Call
Spike (1952–1962) was a lop-eared yellow Mastador (Mastiff/Labrador Retriever mix) and a dog actor best known for his performance as the title character in the 1957 film Old Yeller, in which he co-starred with Tommy Kirk, Dorothy McGuire, Fess Parker, and Kevin Corcoran. Spike was rescued as a pup from a shelter in Van Nuys, California, and became the pet and pupil of animal trainer Frank Weatherwax.
Spike also appeared as Patrasche in 20th Century Fox's A Dog of Flanders with Donald Crisp and David Ladd in 1959 and as King in the 1956 film The She-Creature. In 1961, Spike was the star of The Silent Call, playing as Pete with Roger Mobley, David McLean and Gail Russell; the entire movie focused on his efforts to reunite with his human family who had been forced to leave him behind while traveling from Nevada to California.
- Kelly, Kate. "Old Yeller Played by Spike, a Lab/Mastiff Mix". America Comes Alive!. Retrieved November 10, 2017.
- "Old Yeller". Weatherwax, Dogs and the Movies. Archived from the original on February 10, 2009. Retrieved 12 July 2018.
- Smith-Rodgers, Sheryl (21 September 2008). "Honoring Old Yeller". American Profile. Archived from the original on February 10, 2009. Retrieved 12 July 2018.
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