Sunday, March 20, 2011

The dog in the Travelers Insurance commerical

Chopper and Harrison
It seems that an awful lot of people want to know what breed of dog Chopper is. I've noticed that a lot of the traffic t0 my blog is from Google searches asking "what breed of dog is in the Travelers Insurance commercial?".

Well, the answer to that question is - it is not any specific breed, but one of those wonderful mixed breed dogs - I'm guessing that many different breeds went into making up Chopper (above left) and Harrison (above right).

When it comes to guessing the breed of Harrison and Chopper, I've heard all kinds of claims from exotic breeds to Cairn Terriers? Well, a Cairn Terrier they are not - these dogs are large - about 65 pounds, and don't even come close to the small and compact Cairn. Whenever anybody spouts off about mixed breed dogs being of exotic origin or related from rare breeds, all I have to say is, imagine you owned a purebred exotic or rare breed dog - would you let your champion dog roam the streets impregnating all and sundry? probably not.

In reality, both of these dogs probably come from mixed breed parents and so on down the line - which is what makes them such wonderful dogs. When you get a "mutt" from the local shelter, you are lucky if you adopt one that has all the positive traits from the many breeds it is mixed with. In some cases you get the opposite - a mutt that has all the negative traits, such as aggression and health problems.

Anyway, keep on guessing!! Maybe a DNA test is in Chopper and Harrisons future!!

See my original Travelers Insurance post and video: Travelers Insurance Commercial

54 comments:

skierpage said...

One of the finest acting performances of recent years! How did you get him to act worried, fearful, intent, etc? I assume Chopper can't adopt facial expressions on command, so did director Daniel Kleinman just do lots of takes, or did you use "method" acting (steal treats from him, show him scary things), or ???

Sue Chipperton said...

Chopper is definitely "Method" :)

Greg said...

We rescued what we were told is a "wheaten terrier mix" in feb, we named him Sprocket, he's about 50 lbs and almost identical to Chopper! Does Chopper have webbed toes too? We think Sprocket is a mix of Wheaten and most likely some sort of wire haired griffon or other gun dog. it really is uncanny how much the two dogs resemble each other!

stansmom said...

Perhaps a new breed of mutt is developing. Our rescue Stanley looks so much like Chopper too! He's 55 lbs. and has webbed feet. We had him DNA tested just for fun. Supposedly, he is mostly Alaskan Husky (strong chest, cream/gold color, thick undercoat), Finnish Spitz (copper highlights, general body shape, tail curled to right) and (get this)...wire haired Dachshund! We figure that's the wild hair and droopy fringed ears.. or we need a re-test. We just call him a llamadoodle!

Anonymous said...

You make it sound like when you rescue you are getting a bad dog which, in this day in age, is not the message you should be sending, nor is it even close to being accurate.

Richard Dean said...

@Anonymous - Where did you get that?!? I heard the exact opposite. And as for "mutt" dogs, any biologist will tell you, "Spread the genes out"

Our rescue is the best dog I have ever had and I will never get a dog any other way.

stansmom said...

@Anonymous #1. Oh my! You misunderstood! All of our dogs have been shelter/rescue mutts and all have been the BEST BEST BEST and so unique!! Stanley's DNA test was for fun and silly curiousity. His former foster mom (who we stay in touch with and send $$ whenever we can) got a real kick out of the crazy results! Our Stanley is the sweetest, silliest, goofiest, friendliest dog with the most joyous heart who spreads happiness wherever he goes! Everyone in town knows him and just adores him. He is the doggie mayor of MH and we wouldn't give him up for a million dollars..and that's the truth!

stansmom said...

and as for mutts' "negative traits" that is unfortunately true. But, with the proper family and environment (and lots of patience and training) I have seen so many of these dogs flourish! You may always need to exercise extreme caution around children and other pets, and your dog may never be the star of any television commercials, but if you're willing to make the commitment you can still have a best friend for life!

Sue Chipperton said...

Okay. Once and for all. Mutts Rule!

StansMom and Greg, I think you should send me photos of your dogs and I'll do a post with everyones dogs that look like Chopper!

Send them to afamousdogslife@gmail.com

Sue Chipperton said...

Scratch that....

Send me one really good photo of your "Chopper" lookalike and the winner will get a signed copy of my book A Famous Dogs Life!


May the best Mutt win!!

Anonymous said...

i love chopper! i can't wait for the third traveler's commercial with him in it.

bo said...

to stansmom,i had a dog that was huskey and snausher mix.he was the best dog you could ask for.and like yours was the ambassordor of the neighborhood,everybody loved himiwould love to have a picture of him and ask you some questions if you would contact me,at boreynolds@etcmail.com

Rebecca said...

I love Chopper! If he needs a home, I am more than willing! I cannot wait to see future commercials!!

phylljo said...

My husband and I used to have a dog named Barney that looked like Chopper and yes he HAD Cairn Terrier in him. His mom was Cairn and Rottweiler and dad was Coohhound and Golden Retreiver. He was big, white and shaggy with blue eyes. I always think of him when I see the travelers commercials.

Mel said...

I did get here by Googling about the Traveler's commercial. I'm THRILLED to find out he's a mutt. He's a super adorable dog and I've rescued all my pets.

My 4.5 year old son was asking what kind of dog he was, so we started looking.

hoops025 said...

Email me for pics we have this exact dog!!! His name is laker and is an unbelievable friend!! andynelsenadp@yahoo.com

John Sanchez said...

Chopper! Now I know his name. I love these commercials. I just saw the third commercial!

Anonymous said...

woof woof...I usually have purebred dogs...ah....if there was a breed of Choppers, I'd have my new buddy now.
Trouble, trouble, trouble sighs

Anonymous said...

My dog looks similar. For those who have dogs with webbed feet, maybe they are part otterhound?

Anonymous said...

I love the travelers commercials with Chopper. If I need a little pick me up during the day all I have to do is click the link on my phone to Chopper's commercials and I immediately smile. They warm my heart.

Reb said...

All my dogs have been shelter dogs, and they've all been wonderful companions, especially the present one. Chopper has such charisma, and is so cute and expressive, that I look forward to his commercials - even rewind when I'm watching a recorded program to watch it again. I NEVER fast-forward through Chopper's Travelers commercial. What a star!
My thanks and congrats to his trainer.

Dennis Hawley said...

You are right about mixed breed dogs. They are decended for the most part from a random gene pool, and only look like recognizeable breeds by coincidence, and because all the different dog types are constructed from a relatively small number of gene clusters (10 to 20) that assort randomly. It is possible to derive true breeding lines that resemble some "mutt" types, while others are unique. Most people have the cart before the horse; purebred dogs are derived from mutts, not the other way around. As adorable as Chopper is, you will never be able to go out and buy another just like him.

Suite Child O Mine said...

Chopper is adorable !! He looks like a Berger de Picard (Piccardy Shepherd) like the dog in the Movie Winn Dixie. Every time I see the commercial a long AWWWWWW escapes me !! He's just too cute !

Lyntha Tye said...

I wish I could get a picture with the dog. He is the most awesome commercial dog! The commercials makes him look so human. Love the one about his GF and puppies. HILARIOUS!

Anonymous said...

Shelter dogs rule. I have owned three so far and they have been only gentle and intelligent. They were mutts and the best. Ten million dogs are euthanized annually because of the throw away pet society. I believe this cute terrier actor mutt is airdale, labradoodle, and wheaten mixed for starters. Shelter dogs get a bad rap for being delinquents which is not the case. Even the movie stars adopt from shelters!

Anonymous said...

My dog looks like them only about 12 lbs. She is said to be Yorky and Maltese mix. She is a shelter dog named Cheyenne. Good little dog.

Anonymous said...

The first time I saw the Traveler's commercial I was struck by the how much this dog looks like a dog I'd had for 15 years. I got Sandi through a shelter in Smyrna, GA. I researched her breed in hopes of finding another as she had a wonderful personality and she was extremely smart and easy to train. After much looking, I found a book with a picture that was the spitting image - a dutch smoushond. They are rare and hard to find, but talk to anyone who has owned one, and you will get universal praise for the breed. I still hope and look to find another smoushond. I miss my old girl....

PatriceTaylor said...

Is Chopper the same dog in the Cymbalta commercial? I think I saw him in a Frontline commercial, too. Go, Chopper!!!

Anonymous said...

Chopper brightens my day every time I see one of the commercials! How great is he? It doesn't matter what his parents were, he is smashing! He looks so happy, especially when he has loaded the dishwasher. What a moment -- he loved it when he got the praise. Just like any dog would.

SC said...

Yes, he for sure did Frontline, and quite probably Cymbalta. He's a busy boy!

Anonymous said...

We had a very odd looking little mixed breed in our family that looked Gizmo from Gremlins. When people asked we'd say it was a very rare Albanian Cheese Hound and that was the only known example in the US. You'd be surprised how many people actually believed it.

Chopper is adorable and a fine actor. Kudos to the trainer for rescuing him and making him a star. I think Chopper should have his own movie. He'd make an awesome Tramp in a live action version of Lady & the Tramp.

Anonymous said...

My question is whether Chopper is the dog in the Cymbalta commercial, but seeing as there seem to be many look-alikes out there, maybe it's not!

SC said...

Just confirmed by his trainer - Chopper did in fact appear in the Cymbalta commercial :)

chihuahuabulldog said...

I love the Traveler's Insurance commercials with Chopper and Harrison(?). I also love mix-breed dogs, and pure breed too. I just love animals. Thank you for making it so easy to find out about them. I love what you say about people asking their breed.

Anonymous said...

I just watched the movie "Unfaithful" starring Diane Lane and Richard Gere. I would swear that the dog i'm the film is the exact same dog that's in the Travelers commercial. Same droopy right ear and everything! I'm so curious if it is the same dog but, after checking out IMDB, I found out that the dog in the movie is named Frankie, has no other screen credits and was in the movie in 2001. The dog in the commercial appears to be a young dog, which would make it highly unlikely that it is the same animal. If Chopper is indeed a mutt, I find it amazing that these two animals are both in show business and happen to be carbon copies of one another.

SC said...

Sadly, no, he wasn't in Unfaithful. He was filming Pirates of The Caribbean at that time :) As confirmed by his trainer back then.

Anonymous said...

Chopper is definitly a gift from up above...his personality pops off of the screen! such a cutie, I would love to have him..It's great to adopt those little mutts because they need a home. It's a shame that people throw animals away!

Anonymous said...

I love that dog Chopper. I am going to dog nap him if I get the chance and bring him to my farm. he will love the llamas.

Dawn said...

Everytime I see that dog it reminds me of my dog that we rescued. She is a wheaten Otterhound, about 65 lbs. Never heard of this dog before until a year ago when we got her. We also thought she was a wheaten terrier mixture. She is the sweetest dog you will ever meet but she is lame due to she was living in a trash can tired to a telephone wire. The owners were unable to care for her. She doesn't do much but she loves everyone! :)

Anonymous said...

OMG i found you.. Chopper that is your name!! one of my friend thought my Charlie looks like you..duh..he is a westie and only 15lbs..hey but we almost look a like.
Do you have twitter? What is your twitter name? I saw your pic with Uggie.. are you hang out together now since you both are A-list celebrities!!

SC said...

@Anonymous. Llamas? No doubt he would love them - but you wouldn't get to see him on TV!

@Dawn. You are a hero to save a dog - we all thank you!

@Anonymous. 15lbs - 65lbs - who's counting :) Chopper does not have a Twitter account. But hey, maybe its something he could look into, he may need some help though. I'll mention it to him.

Anonymous said...

I have a wheaton terrier husky mix and she looks a lot like chopper. The only thing is that she has blue eyes. The gait and the rear view is exactly the same.

Anonymous said...

Today I met a man who is currently a resident in a Lincoln CA nursing home. I was there with a pet visitation group. This man told me that Chopper was originally his dog, which he got from a shelter. However, he said he gave the dog to someone who trained him...and the rest is history.

Could this possibly be true? I only met him briefly, and I don't even recall his name. But, he was a very tall, large gentleman who would not easily be mistaken for someone else.

Any further info on this would be appreciated, just for curiosity sake.

djinn green said...

i LOVE this dog. i did indeed find your website by trying to find pix and bio info on "chopper." he's extraordinary in so many ways.

maybe you could sell cloning material of choppers to make a fortune... i'd save up to buy mine... :) take care and thx for caring for such a wonderful guy...

jose rivera said...

i have a dog exactly like chopper,in every aspect,hair,high,weight,color,eyes and the ear.i found it in the streets of my hometown wounded.i took her to the veterinary and pay to save her.let me know were to send you a picture of her,and you be surprise with their similitude.it is incredible how much they look alike.

Penny said...

While I'm a "cat person", Chopper gets my attention every time! For now, I can't stop watching the Travelers Insurance ad on TV and humming along while wanting to pet that floppy ear. Such an adorable pup!

I too work in Hollywood (though only in sit-coms), but I thought I recognized Chopper from Pirates of the Caribbean. Wonderful performances!

Cheers to you and Chopper!

Anonymous said...

We have a Puggle that barks and howls at the TV every time the Traveler's commercial is on! And his name is also Chopper!

Anonymous said...

Our dog is a female and looks very similar to Chopper. She also is a rescue dog. We get comments about her everywhere we go!

Anonymous said...

Chopper is a great dog! Adorable and a reminder to everyone to rescue dogs instead of buying a dog from s breeder.

Anonymous said...

I love that dog. I want that dog!! He just makes me smile.

Anonymous said...

Chopper is the cutest dog ever! I love the way he looks right and left at the sidewalk and barks when he puts his food bowl in the dishwasher. Everything he does is adorable! Please please continue to run Chopper's commercials. I always stop whatever I'm doing to see them! Love you, Chopper!

Anonymous said...

I have another Chopper "twin". Checking everywhere the Berger Picard breed comes the closest to her appearance, except she is white and creme colored. The Berger Picard website has lots of photos and they look exactly like her, except all had color more in the browns. I can only guess she is part Berger Picard, and part West Highland terrier. I love her so much. She's so loving and affectionate, not an alpha dog, so she doesn't have the personality of either of those breeds, but physically she's a match.

Bay said...

Whenever I see Chopper my heart swells. I had a dog who looked VERY much like him. Her name was Brie (coat colors were like Brie cheese) and ohhh how I loved her. She was a bit smaller than Chopper (45lbs.), but with those long legs, great chest and never fat. She was the BEST... friendly, curious, smart, loyal, and most importantly, so loveable! She lived a happy 14 years with me and 3 kids (and various other dogs and cats) where she had lots of love and room to explore. I miss her and often hope that another Brie will find me and pick me as she did. She was one of a kind though and I am very grateful that we had one another! She's in my heart!

nancy said...

Hope Chopper's okay, haven't seen him in awhile. Hope he's sipping a doggie drink by the pool... Love the fella.