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Is Goofy A Dog?

Updated on August 9, 2016
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Goofy Is Not A Dog - The Cover Up

If you are a fan of Disney then you have probably seen Goofy. The lovable but clumsy comic relief in Disney's cast of characters.

But what is Goofy? Is Goofy a Dog? The beloved clumsy character was born in 1932. His original name was Dippy Dawg and in 1938 appeared in a book titled "The Story of Dippy The Goof".

In 1939 he officially changed his name to Goofy after starring in the animated film Goofy and Wilbur. The name change was a genius marketing move for Goofy as he has become one of the most beloved Disney characters of all time and a member of Mickey's inner circle.

Goofy has always been thought of as a "dog with human features" according to Disney's Mouselinks. However what the Disney establishment isn't telling you is the goofy is really a cow. To be specific an Aberdeen-Angus Cattle. A fact that Disney would love to cover -up considering that Goofy's national origin is anything but American. In 1939 with American nationalism at an historic high, Goofy's true heritage could have created a huge scandal for Disney. A Scandal that would have finished Goofies career just as it was starting to take-off.

Dippy Dawg circa 1932
Dippy Dawg circa 1932

Goofy's Heritage Revealed

Goofy's full name is Dipalwa Dawala. Born in Scotland, Dipalwa is the son of Egyptian immigrants and comes from a long line of hornless cattle called Aberdeen-Angus cattle. Dipalwa came from a meager beginning and was discovered by Disney talent scouts during a livestock sale in Scotland. The talent scouts noticed his raucous laugh and clumsy charm and convinced him to travel with them to America to be a part of a comedy team headed up by up and coming cartoon comic, Mickey Mouse.

Once back at Disney headquarters, Dipalwa underwent extensive training. The Disney team worked with Goofy on English but could not entirely eliminate his accent. To solve the "problem" Disney trained him to adopt his trademark voice to cover up the hints of his Mideastern heritage.

The Disney marketing team saw the American public thought of dogs as lovable and thought of cows as food. Looking to induce laughs and not appetites. Disney team decided they would market him as a dog and shorten his name to Dippy Dawg.

Although Dippy gained some fans with his debut book "The Story of Dippy the Goof", the response was underwhelming. The lack of interest left the Disney team split on Goofy's future.

They decided to try one last time by changing Dippy's name to Goofy and gave him a starring role in the 1939 with the film "Goofy and Wilbur". Goofy was a hit. After starring in his own series of "How to" films such as "How to be a rock star" and "The Art of Skiing", his star seemed to be on the rise.

Clarbelle circa 1930
Clarbelle circa 1930
Goofy and Clarabelle's pride and joy!
Goofy and Clarabelle's pride and joy!

The Dark Years

Goofy's career hung in the balance in the 1950s with the birth of his son Max. While Goofy's screen persona was that of a dog he could not deny his bovine heritage. One day after filming he met his true love Clarabelle the cow. Clarabelle was an actress on the rise at Disney but saw Goofy for what he was, a handsome Angus bull stud. Goofy was enamored with his new girlfriend and at the height of their romance, their son Max was born.

The Disney team was outraged. The Walt Disney company was on a roll producing hit movies and planning to open a theme park in the 60's. They could ill afford to have a scandal that not only revealed that Goofy had a calf out of wedlock but also revealed his true identity.

If the truth was exposed the public trust would be violated and the lines to buy tickets to the Disney blockbusters would dwindle. Goofy was quickly cast with his son with and a dog wife in the short series Mr. Geef.

After the failure of Mr. Geef, Goofy was taken out of feature films and reduced to an actor in film shorts. Once a headliner, Goofy films were now only being seen during previews and intermissions. Although his merchandise sales remained strong, Goofy decided to take more of a production role with the Disney team and spend time with his young family.

In the 1990's Goofy was back on the small screen with the introduction of "The Goof Troop" TV series. Goofy was delighted. He was able to spend time with his son and co-star Max and did not have to hide their relationship. Goofy, Max and Clarabelle were allowed to be together on set. Things finally seemed to be getting easier of the Angus cow family. There was even talk of giving Clarabelle the role of Goofy's dog wife, Cuddles.

The entire family was going to be on screen again until Clarabelle was suddenly stricken with Mad Cow disease.

Clarabelle's illness forced the cancellation of "Goof Troop" so that Goofy could spend time with his ailing companion. Despite great risk to his own health, Goofy spent day and night with his love Clarabelle. It was said that Goofy was often up at all hours of the night chewing cud and waiting for Clara's fever to break.

Miraculously after weeks in bed, Clarabelle recovered but not before their son Max was stricken with the terrible disease. In 2000, Max lost his battle with Mad cow disease on a farm in Northern Scotland. Goofy was devastated and most feared he would never return to acting again.

The Comeback

In 2006, Goofy and Clarabelle were offered roles on the new series Mickey Mouse Clubhouse. Clarabelle was cast as a cow but Goofy was still playing the half dog, half human character he made famous over a 70 year career.

Goofy and Clarabelle live happily in the Florida pan handle during shooting but return home to Scotland in the off-season. You can see Goofy and Clarabelle in the mornings on Disney Junior. The Disney channel also re-runs his classic "How to.." shorts between episodes of the Disney Junior programs.

Goofy's How to Dance 1953 from Disney

Goofy's "How to Play Football" 1944 from Disney

The Evidence

The Physical Evidence

The physical evidence of Goofy's bovine heritage is obvious. His buck teeth are rounded and flat. Both characteristics of a herbivore. His cow nose is larger than that of a dog with flaring nostrils like that of a cow. Remember he comes from a hornless breed of cattle so it would not be unusual for him not to have horns.

The Other Evidence

Goofy's love interest in the Mickey Mouse clubhouse is Clarabelle the Cow. The on-screen chemistry is obvious. Disney often couples characters with the opposite sex of the same species. Mickey and Mini, Donald and Daisey both follow this pattern. So why would the writers at Disney have Goofy and Clarabelle coupled up? Could it be an attempt to reward the cattle couple for their years of loyalty to the Disney brand?

Is this just a conspiracy theory or an extensive cover-up in the Disney corporation reaching all the way to the top? Has the lovable mouse been the mastermind behind the cattle controversy? Is Goofy A Dog? You be the judge?

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      Fred 3 weeks ago

      This is stupid. He has buck teeth and a big nose, because it's funny. He's paired with Clarabelle occaisonaly because of the ambiguousness of his species. (Although Clarabelle is more often paired with Horace Horsecollar.) And, furthermore he's a FICTIONAL CHARACTER. He was drawn, not discovered. He is whatever Disney wants him to be, and they want him to be a dog.

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      Lisa 4 months ago

      Thank you for info

      I think goofy should be with clarabell!

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      Marvin martian 5 months ago

      I think goofy is a mixed animal hybrid crossbreed just like the animaniacs

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      Madison 8 months ago

      Hi I I want to thank you for Mickey Mouse Clubhouse and I really really love me and I hope you are right I can meet her one day and can you send her a picture something to me so I can so I can meat her

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      Bwonder 9 months ago

      This is nothing but fanfiction

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      Spuz 15 months ago

      Mootastic

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      Lisa 15 months ago

      Dog for sure...at least till the cows come home!!! lol

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      Dawn 15 months ago

      This is so great.. can I share it on fb, my friends need this to chew on.

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      kyla 15 months ago

      It's funny because it's not true. LOL but nice try.

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      Laura 23 months ago

      I'm pretty sure Goofy is a goat. Pretty much every other character has a first name letter that matches the first letter in its animal type. For example: Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, Pluto Pup.

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      Qmarpat 2 years ago from Northern,California

      This is just too funny!!!!

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      cocoloca 2 years ago

      awesome thanks great info

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      peachy 3 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      nice post, i think goofy is a dog, never thought he was a cow at all

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      Sergio 3 years ago

      Nice!! Good one, thanks.

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      ryokowaren 3 years ago from USA

      Good job on this article! It was a fun read. :)

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      dadofgoofy1fan 3 years ago

      Great job on this research. Now i have so much to tell my 2 year old daughter who just happens to be over the moon for goofy. Im sure she will love him no matter what.

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      mammabear 3 years ago

      Well thought out. Loved it! Wonderful imagination

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      Jess 3 years ago

      Wow…this was absolutely hilarious!! I always knew there was something fishy about Goofy's character. You just confirmed it. AWEsome job!

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      Tony Fischer 4 years ago from Southeastern Michigan

      Thanks Ninja!!! It was fun writing it.

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      Chocolate Ninja 4 years ago

      I have always wondered exactly what animal Goofy was...thanks for clearing that up for us! I really liked this hub, even if it mostly fictional, it was a fun read!

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      Tony Fischer 4 years ago from Southeastern Michigan

      Anne, Thanks for reading. The article is intended as satire. Just a fun little SEO experiment that turned out to be my most read article. The article on cattle was provided as a source confirming that there is indeed a breed on hornless cattle that is black in color. The rest of the story is a work of fiction loosely based on the history of the cartoon character goofy's appearance in early animated shorts. Thanks again for reading and happy Hubbing.

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      Anna S. 4 years ago

      Im sorry but what are your sources? How does the the article on cattle that you provided tell us anything about where Goofy came from? I don't mean to come off as rude, I am just a little bit confused.

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      Tony Fischer 4 years ago from Southeastern Michigan

      thanks for reading Daisy. I hope to do apprenticeship sometime as well. would like to talk with you about how you like it when you have a chance.

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      Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

      Tony,

      What a fun article! Thanks for providing us with so much about which to smile.

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      mayank786 4 years ago

      i always believe that goofy is a man of a dog version but thanks to you. You gave me such a nice information.

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      Tony Fischer 4 years ago from Southeastern Michigan

      I think the facts to support the argument are clear!

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      Cat Callen 4 years ago

      Tony, my friend and I are debating. He believes you wrote this as a satire and I believe you wrote this as truth. Can you resolve our debate?

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      Fun2Video 5 years ago

      We see many things in life but never try to understand them, same i watch goofy cartoons many times but never think its dog or what but now after seeing this hub i came to know about goofy. Thanks

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      tifinny 5 years ago

      I was the only one out of ky family that guessed that he was a cow the rest said the he was a dog:D

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      Tony Fischer 5 years ago from Southeastern Michigan

      Thanks Dan! Looking forward to them!

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      Tony Fischer 5 years ago from Southeastern Michigan

      Thanks Krim, what a great compliment.

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      Tony Fischer 5 years ago from Southeastern Michigan

      Thanks Dahlia, The world needs to know and the truth never sleeps.

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      Krimsty 5 years ago

      I'm at a loss for words. This could possibly be your best work to date!

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      Dan Merrick 5 years ago from Portsmouth, Virginia

      This is a really cool HUB man! Boy, you really got my brain spinning...I have a few conspiracies of my own I might have to write about. Great one man, I really enjoyed it.

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      Dahlia Flower 5 years ago from Canada

      Humorous and very researched. Wow. You're motivated! Great work. I wish I had energy like this.

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      Tony Fischer 5 years ago from Southeastern Michigan

      Thanks Stephanie, I have been sitting on this scandal for awhile. It is something the world needs to know. lol

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      Stephanie Bradberry 5 years ago from New Jersey

      This is really cool coverage. I always wondered if he was actually supposed to be a dog or not, but never cared enough to do research.