A Buyer's Guide to Pound Puppies Stuffed Animals
Pound Puppies are stuffed toy animals that originated in the 1980s. The plush dogs had droopy eyes and oversized floppy ears. The Pound Puppies franchise included the stuffed dogs, a line of stuffed cats called the Pound Pur-r-ries, a television series, books, and movies.Who are the characters from the Pound Puppies?
Many of the Pound Puppies' main characters were featured in the animated television series that ran from 1986 to 1989. Supporting characters, felines, and other animals in the animated series may also be available as a plush toy. The puppies include:
- Lucky: As a scruffy mutt, he's the main protagonist of the Pound Puppies world. He's known for being a smart, well-adjusted pup.
- Cookie: This street-wise boxer is Lucky's love interest. Despite the mutual affection between Cookie and Lucky, they always get interrupted before they can proclaim their love for each other.
- Niblet: As a clumsy sheepdog, Niblet is often a source of comic relief. He is a well-meaning dog with a love for peanut butter.
- Strudel: This German dachshund is a genius inventor who creates many of the machines used by the Pound Puppies. While Strudel may be a small dog, he has a big ego.
Tonka brought the Pound Puppies to the U.S. market in the 1980s. "Loveable Huggable" was the tagline for the original stuffed animals. While the line was discontinued in the early 2000s, a television series of the same name was introduced in 2010 along with a line of new toys from different companies. You can purchase new and used Pound Puppies on eBay from brands like Galoob, Hasbro, Mattel, and Tonka. The original Pound Puppies came in different sizes, too. The categories include mini, small, and medium. Mini puppies are under 6 inches, small puppies range from 6-14 inches, and medium puppies range from 14-24 inches.What was the original idea behind Pound Puppies?
The plush toys debuted in 1984. The target audience for the Pound Puppies was children who wanted a pet to nurture and care for. Children could adopt a stuffed pet without the customary care and cost that would come with a live pet. A special mock care guide came with each puppy. It was recommended to walk the puppies for exercise and to bathe them regularly. They were machine-washable, too. The puppies even came with all their shots, similar to puppy vaccinations, before they were brought home from the store.What are the educational benefits of Pound Puppies?
Aside from the encouragement to care for and nurture Pound Puppies, similar to a real pet, the story of the puppies is one of friendship, compassion, and the bond between animals and their human friends. You can also purchase these puppies for different ages. There are puppies for kids aged 3 to 4 years as well as kids aged 5 to 7 years. In addition, in the animated movies and series, the puppy characters have varying personalities, which can be a unique way of showing kids different character traits.Content provided for informational purposes only. eBay is not affiliated with or endorsed by Tonka.