Droopy Dog: characteristics and personality

Droopy Dog

Droopy Dog

If you remember Droopy, the anthropomorphic dog that had a droopy face, then your childhood was awesome. Droopy dog was created in 1943 by Tex Avery for Metro-Goldwyn-Meyer. Let´s take a look at this character, part of the Golden age of American animation.


Avery created Droopy dog with opposite characteristics of this other character, the wacky Screwy Squirrel. The first time it appeared was on March 20, 1943, with no name in the cartoon Dumb-Hounded. It was not until its fifth appearance on screen in Señor Droopy (1949) that he would be called by his name. Before this, the character’s official name was Happy Hound.

The original voice of Droopy dog was actor Bill Thompson, who also played Wallace Wimple, a character from the radio comedy Fibber McGee and Molly. Other actors took over the role since Thompson was in the navy during WWII.

Physical characteristics

Droopy is understood to be a basset hound. A white one, for that matter. Compared to his cartoon counterparts, he is usually smaller in size. However, one of the most interesting traits of Droopy dog is his incredible strength. Without moving his expressionless face, he can beat any opponent by grabbing them from their hand and swinging them from one side to the other. That, right after telling them one of this lines: “You know what? That makes me mad.”


This Droopy dog has a monotone, deadpan voice. He has a meek personality; until somebody makes him mad. He usually moves very lethargically. You would not think of him as an imposing character. Nevertheless, most of the time he is capable of outsmarting his adversaries.

In many of his appearances, Droopy demonstrates being a good actor.  He could play a cowboy, a deputy, an heir, or a Mountie. Definitively, one character of a kind.