Columbo’s Basset Hound

Most of us really liked Columbo, the TV detective without a first name, but we loved his Basset Hound, also apparently without a name beyond, “Dog.” The rumpled policeman once said, “He’s a dog, so we call him Dog.”

In “real” life, the actor who portrayed Columbo, Peter Falk, wasn’t keen on having a dog as an occasional co-star, but NBC insisted, and Falk relented after seeing “Henry,” the Basset Hound who would play “Dog.” “Columbo” wasn’t Henry’s first rodeo, so to speak. He played a firehouse dog named “Henry” in “Emergency,”  but his role on Columbo as the “ice cream eating, TV watching, frequent-guest-in-the-neighbor’s-swimming pool” dog earned him (and his breed) a lot of fans.

Like his character, Henry was found at an animal pound in Burbank, California by his trainer, Ray Berwick, but after his Hollywood days were over, Henry lived out his life as a beloved pet and ultimately passed away of old age.

9 thoughts on “Columbo’s Basset Hound”

  1. Henry “Dog” & his substitute will forever live in our hearts! He was the perfect dog for “Columbo”! He was so adorable!

  2. So true. I just loved seeing “Dog” on the TV movies. He was just perfect for Columbo. In fact, I’m watching one now.

    • They did seem like a natural pairing, didn’t they, Renee?

    • Presumably, the bronze dog has bronze eyes. Tit for tat, Charles (grin)

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