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What Kind of Dog Is Jake the Dog? Surprising Answer!

Jordyn Alger

By Jordyn Alger


Adventure Time is a cartoon series that chronicles the experiences of a young boy named Finn and his companion, Jake the Dog, as they embark on adventures throughout their strange landscape. It was a wildly successful show, drawing millions of viewers and running for 8 years.

The fictional land that they live in contains many fantastical elements, including Jake the Dog. While there has been some debate on whether he is a pug or a bulldog, it has been confirmed that Jake, the yellow dog from Adventure Time, is a bulldog.

However, he is no ordinary dog. Not only does he talk and walk on two legs, but he also has mystical abilities that no canine could possibly have. To learn more about the characteristics that Jake shares with bulldogs (as well as the fantastical elements that are all his own), keep reading below.

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About the Bulldog

Bulldogs are known for being friendly, calm, and courageous. That is generally the case for Jake the Dog, as he is shown to be a laid-back character and a friend to Finn. Although he sometimes allows Finn to fight battles independently, Jake will always return to save the day.

Bulldogs have a history of tenacity, as they were reportedly bred for bullbaiting, a brutal sport that pitted a bull against a pack of dogs for the audience’s entertainment. Thankfully, this sport was eventually made illegal, and the bulldog was spared the cruel treatment of bullbaiting and instead made a companion dog.

So, while this dog is capable of toughness and endurance when it needs to be, it is much happier as a companion, much like Jake the Dog.

english bulldog standing on the dock
Image Credit: Lunja, Shutterstock

About Jake the Dog

Although Jake the Dog is a bulldog, he is no ordinary canine. As established, Jake communicates with Finn and can walk on two feet. But that is not the end of his strange abilities.

Jake has shapeshifting abilities that allow him to contort himself or morph into other objects or positions. He can alter his size, shape, and even the dimensions of his body. In addition to transforming his exterior, he is also capable of changing the shape of his insides.

These are magical powers that provide him the ability to take down his enemies in creative ways. In addition to his shapeshifting abilities, he has also shown signs of super strength, allowing him to overpower opponents.

Image Credit: Characters by Cartoon Network StudiosWarner Bros Television.  All rights reserved to the copyright owners.

The 3 Fun Facts Jake the Dog

If you want to learn some interesting trivia about Jake the Dog, take a look at some of the fun facts we have gathered.

1. Jake Has Made Various Cameos

Although Jake the Dog is a character on Adventure Time, he has also made appearances in other television shows. He has been seen in episodes of The Simpsons, OK K.O.! Let’s Be Heroes, and Futurama.

2. Jake’s Character Is Based on a Bill Murray Character

Bill Murray’s character in “Meatballs,” Tripper, greatly inspired Jake’s personality.

3. Jake Made an Appearance in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

In 2013, Finn and Jake were shown on a balloon in Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. The balloon was then retired after the parade in 2015.

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If you are the proud owner of a bulldog, it is undoubtedly exciting to see your furry friend depicted prominently in any television show. Jake the Dog is a fun character in Adventure Time that displays the positive aspects of bulldogs while having a fantastical flair of his own.

Featured Image Credit: Characters by  Cartoon Network StudiosWarner Bros Television.  All rights reserved to the copyright owners.

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