Which canine Christmas movie is right for you?

The Christmas TV movie season has started and you’ve probably noticed that there will be more movies than you can make. (Over 155 at last count.)

Some people will tune in to witness the saving of a lovely B&B, others to watch childhood rivals compete in some sort of baking contest, and still others simply to catch a glimpse of Lacey Chabert or Tamera. Mowry-Housley or Candace Cameron Bure shine under the mistletoe. And then there’s a faction of festive fans who will be drawn to fireplace-lit TV for one main reason: the canines.

The Christmas movie genre sometimes went to the dogs, of course. (See: Beethoven’s Christmas Adventure, The Dog Who Saved Christmas, Christmas Star Puppy, Santa Buddies: The Legend of Santa’s Pawsetc.) This year, at least three films will center their candy-coated narrative on a pooch: Lifetime is expected to reveal Christmas Dog Days (November 11), which features a nonprofit worker (Georgia Flood) who sets out to find homes for several dogs in her hometown while saving an animal shelter with a kind-hearted veterinarian (Ezekiel Simat). The Procedure Gets More Royal In Hallmark Channel’s A Royal Corgi Christmas (December 12), in which a conflicted crown prince (Jordan Renzo) gives his mother an unruly corgi, who will need the help of a highly skilled American trainer (Hunter King). And in ION TV Dognapped: Holiday Dog (November 24), a pooch belonging to a selfish design maven is kidnapped, uh, sorry, dognapped, sending his devoted assistant (Sara Ball) on a most dangerous mission. (Because Tiny – seen below left – is missing for much of the movie, expect a little less on-screen dog.)

What these movies lack in future Emmy nominations, they aim to make up for with a celebratory heart of the underdog, shameless canine puns, and cute reaction shots. So, now you might be wondering, which of these furry movies will leave me most shocked and awwwww? Let’s ask some important questions and figure out who’s barking at the right Christmas tree.

Christmas Dog Movies

ION TV; 2022 Hallmark Media; Lifetime

Does the title of the film contain a play on words?
Christmas Dog Days: YES
A Royal Corgi Christmas: NOPE
Dognapped: Holiday Dog: YES

Does a dog appear in the first minute of the film?
Christmas Dog Days: NOPE
A Royal Corgi Christmas: NOPE
Dognapped: Holiday Dog: YES

Does the dog have a Christmas name?
Christmas Dog Days: NOPE
A Royal Corgi Christmas: YES (mistletoe)
Dognapped: Holiday Dog: NOPE

Is the dog presented as a Christmas present?
Christmas Dog Days: NOPE
A Royal Corgi Christmas: YES
Dognapped: Holiday Dog: NOPE

Is there a dog dressed adorably in a Christmas sweater?
Christmas Dog Days: YES
A Royal Corgi Christmas: YES
Dognapped: Holiday Dog: YES

Christmas Movies 2022

Christmas Movies 2022

MARTIN MAGUIRE Hallmark Channel’s “A Royal Corgi Christmas”

Does a dog help spark a romance between two people?
Christmas Dog Days: YES
A Royal Corgi Christmas: YES
Dognapped: Holiday Dog: YES

Does a dog chew Christmas decorations?
Christmas Dog Days: YES
A Royal Corgi Christmas: NOPE
Dognapped: Holiday Dog: NOPE

Is there also a — thrill — cat in the movie?
Christmas Dog Days: YES
A Royal Corgi Christmas: NOPE
Dognapped: Holiday Dog: NOPE

Is there a handsome vet the protagonist attended high school with?
Christmas Dog Days: YES
A Royal Corgi Christmas: NOPE
Dognapped: Holiday Dog: YES

Is the dog a widow or a widower?
Christmas Dog Days: NO (but the protagonist’s father is a widower)
A Royal Corgi Christmas: NO (but the queen is a widow)
Dognapped: Holiday Dog: NOPE

Is a dog in medium/serious danger?
Christmas Dog Days: YES
A Royal Corgi Christmass: NO
Dognapped: Holiday Dog: YES

Lifetime's Christmas Dog Days

Lifetime’s Christmas Dog Days

Lifetime “Christmas Dog Days” from Lifetime

Does a dog need a home and does he get one just in time for Christmas?
Christmas Dog Days: YES
A Royal Corgi Christmas: NOPE
Dognapped: Holiday Dog: NOPE

Is anyone comically allergic to dogs?
Christmas Dog Days: YES
A Royal Corgi Christmas: NOPE
Dognapped: Holiday Dog: NOPE

Does a dog adorably disobey commands?
Christmas Dog Days: YES
A Royal Corgi Christmas: YES
Dognapped: Holiday Dog: NOPE

Does a dog destroy a sideboard?
Christmas Dog Days: NOPE
A Royal Corgi Christmas: YES
Dognapped: Holiday Dog: NOPE

Is the dog participating in some sort of competition?
Christmas Dog Days: NOPE
A Royal Corgi Christmas: YES (Corgi Christmas Derby)
Dognapped: Holiday Dog: NOPE

Dognapped

Dognapped

ION TV ION’s ‘Dognapped: Dog for the Holidays’

Does the dog help raise funds for a charity?
Christmas Dog Days: YES
A Royal Corgi Christmas: YES
Dognapped: Holiday Dog: NOPE

Is there a joke about poo or expressed anal glands?
Christmas Dog Days: NOPE
A Royal Corgi Christmas: NOPE
Dognapped: Holiday Dog: YES

Does a dog bite the bad guy and save the day?
Christmas Dog Days: NOPE
A Royal Corgi Christmas: NOPE
Dognapped: Holiday Dog: YES

Does the dog bark in approval when the couple kiss at the end of the film?
Christmas Dog Days: NOPE
A Royal Corgi Christmas: YES
Dognapped: Holiday Dog: YES

VERDICT: Christmas dog days counted 11 yes, while A Royal Corgi Christmas and Dognapped: Holiday Dog tied with 9 each. But every dog ​​should have their day, and in the spirit of Christmas — and because you’re a strangely dog-obsessed person — you’ll be watching all of these movies.

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