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Asked by Keira Boyle in Domestic Dogs, Cows and Cattle, Animated TV Series, Disney

Is Goofy a cow or dog?

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Goofy is an anthropomorphic dog. The character, originally named "Dippy Dawg," made his debut in a 1932 cartoon short called Mickey’s Revue. Months later, the same character surfaced in other cartoons looking younger, and by 1934, he was going by the name “Goofy.” In 2012, an internet rumor began circulating stating that Goofy was actually modeled on a breed of Scottish cow, but that has since been discredited. Some of the confusion may stem from the fact that Goofy is sometimes shown as having a romantic interest in the character of Clarabelle Cow. However, the two have notable differences in appearance—Clarabelle is clearly a cow due to her horns, short ears, and pronounced snout, none of which Goofy has. The resemblance between Goofy and Pluto, Mickey Mouse’s dog, is much more apparent.

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