A Holiday Song Mashup with a Barking Mad Twist

See which of your favorite holiday songs best represent your favorite dog breeds.

Let’s stop listening for the prancing and pawing of reindeer hooves on the roof for just a moment, and ask a few dog breeds which holiday songs are their favorites. First, though, let me give a shout out to Santa. My dog-speak translation ability isn’t on par with the jolly old elf’s. (Maybe all that talking to reindeer pays off).For more rapid than eagles, his translations they came, and he listened, and wrote them, and called them by name…

These holiday tunes make us have warm wishes of these holiday hounds.


Baby its Cold Outside: Greyhound

We Greyhounds will let you in on a little secret. We may be the fastest breed, but we’re tender, docile, and actually rather wimpy about cold weather. Heck, who can blame us? We have thin, delicate skin and low body fat. Give us a lovely holiday sweater, and listen to us harmonize Baby its Cold Outside

Hallelujah Chorus: The New Guinea Singing Dog

We choose the Hallelujah Chorus, from Handel’s, a well-known musical piece from the baroque period. We’reremarkable hunters, also renowned for our complicated vocals, including whines, howls, and yelps. And all modesty aside, let’s face facts: What other breed is named a singing dog?

Sleigh Ride: Siberian Husky

We’re snow-worshipping adventurers, bred in Siberia for endurance in cold conditions. So yes, we’re likely to focus on songs about wintery fun, such as Sleigh Ride. And after all, (if) “outside the snow is falling and friends are calling you hoo. Come on its lovely weather for a sleigh ride together with you.” In fact, we may even volunteer to pull the sleigh if it’s not too big.

We Wish You a Merry Christmas: Beagle

We have an extraordinary sense of smell, which may contribute to our passion for food. We were developed in England for chasing prey such as rabbits, but around the holidays we may just try to chase down leftovers. And while we don’t know exactly what figgy pudding is (do you?*), “We all want some figgy pudding, We all want some figgy pudding, We all want some figgy pudding, so bring some right here.” We Wish You a Merry Christmas is our chosen tune.

Home for the Holidays: Pembroke Welsh Corgi

We were bred as all-around farm dogs, with a keen sense of situational mindfulness. Wander lust? Pshaw. We relish our home duties. In fact for us {there’s no place like} Home for the Holidays. For when we pine for the sunshine of a friendly gaze, for the holidays (or any day), we can’t beat home sweet home.

Run Run Rudolph: Whippet

Englishmen developed us to hunt and run with great speed. So our song needs a dashing theme. We pick Run Run Rudolph: “For away went Rudolf, a whizzing like a merry-go-round.” Now that we’d like to try! Off we go.

Santa Baby: Pekingese

A chosen companion of Chinese Imperials, we were carried around in royal sleeves. Today, we’re equally prized, cherished, and esteemed. So yes, we have royal expectations. The song Santa Baby comes to mind, with a few substitutions. For example, we already have fur coats. How about sparkly collars, cushy beds, and exquisite treats?

Deck the Halls: Norwich Terrier

We were bred in England to reduce rodent populations and hunt, but we quickly became celebrated as cheery companions too. In fact, we think we’re one of the most joyful Terriers out there. So we choose Deck the Halls as our holiday melody. We can’t resist happily Fa-la-la-ing around the house with our beloved humans. It’s always the season to be merry when you’re a Norwich.

Feliz Navidad: Chihuahua

With our roots in Mexico it’s only appropriate we celebrate the holiday with a spanish flair! Yeah, it may seem obvious, so what. We have giving hearts and lots to love to give, so it’s no question that we want to wish you a Merry Christmas, from the bottom of our hearts. 

The 12 Days of Christmas: German Shorthaired Pointer

Bred in Germany as all-around hunting and bird dogs, we’ve got all the feathered friend songs covered. We specifically name The 12 Days of Christmas as our song. Obviously we can handle the swans a-swimming, calling birds, geese a-laying, turtle doves, partridge (in or out of the pear tree) and French hens. Hopefully our humans can handle the lords a-leaping and ladies dancing. That could get annoying…

*Figgy Pudding is apparently a century-old fig recipe with many variations, most of which lost their appeal when I read “it can be kept in a cool, dry cupboard for up to a year.” A year?!

Do any of your favorite holiday songs remind you of your dog? Tell us in the comments below!

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