What breed is Benji?
I have a Border Terrier, and I believe that's what the original Benji is. (The new "Off the Leash" movie casts a different breed for Benji, but Benji's 'friend' looks like the original breed from the old movies.) I was trying to verify what breed the original Benji is. If you Google 'Border Terrier', you'll see a resemblance.share
Benji is a mutt. I was watching a show on animal actors and the man who trained Benji found him at a pound. He may have Border Terrier in him, but he is not pure bred. Not that it should matter.
Update-The original Benji's real name was Higgins, and he was on that old show Petticoat Junction. The book "Movie Mutts-Hollywood Goes to the Dogs" by Stephen Silverman and Coco the Dog states that Higgins was "miniature mutt of cocker, poodle, and schnauzer hertiage...rescued at the Burbank Animal Shelter" Higgins was 13 or 14 when Benji was made.
You are very welcome. My useless knowledge has finally come in handy!
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I'd love to know what mix he was, I have a dog that is the absolute double of Benji! I watched Benji the Hunted, and it was like watching our Chewie. He even pulls the same worried face. They have different tails though.
Am watching this movie once more as I type.
Benji is a mutt, but more 'schnoodle' than 'cockapoo'.This mix
however has given rise to the 'benji-dog' breed--just tell someone and they know exactly what you mean.
The Benji here is the grandson of Higgins of 'Petticoat Junction'.
Frank Inn a genius of course with Hollywood animals, and he's even in this particular flick.
'DOG is my co-pilot.'
I've had Border Terriers for 30 years, and most Border people think the original Benji was probably part Border - he/she is bigger than a true Border, but take a Border, don't strip the coat and let it grow shaggy for a year, and you'll see a face that's the spitting image of Benji. I'm looking at one next to me right now, and she could play the smaller twin of the movie Benji.share
Actually, the Benji in this movie is the daughter of Higgens and her real name is a fem of Benji ... BenJean. It is her last Benji movie.
Benji the Hunted is a 1987 children's film about a dog trying to survive in the wilderness. It was released by Walt Disney Pictures. This was the last Benji movie to star Benjean in the title role.
Starring Benjean (billed as Benji)
Benjean (daughter of Higgins) as Benji