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Animal Mascots for Military: Marine Corps Bulldog

Animal Mascots


What is a mascot, anyhow? A mascot can be an animal , a person or even an object. It is thought that the mascot will bring good luck. To what extent modern people expect their mascot to bring luck or to what extent they just think it is good fun, I don’t know.

Whatever the case; military, universities, sports teams and even companies with brand names have mascots.

The United States Marines have a bulldog for a mascot . Major General Smedley Butler introduced the first marine mascot , which was named “Pvt. Jiggs,” who lived at the Marine barracks in Quantico. He moved up in rank to Sergeant Major. A series of marine bulldogs followed as mascots.

The 12th in a series is a mascot by the name of “Chesty,” named after Marine Lieutenant general Lewis B. “Chesty.” Puller Jr. Chesty lives at the Marine Corp barracks in Washington, D.C. and participates in weekly parades.



The television series of a few years ago about Navy lawyers had one show that dealt with the Marine bulldog mascot. The dog had gotten loose and a neighbor was suing the Marines for “paternity” of a litter of mongrel pups. It was an enjoyable comedy with the woman lawyer Sarah trying to be serious about the lawsuit.

In addition to real animals as mascots there are also toy animals and costumed actors as animals.

Mollyblues--Lance Corporal Molly Englsih bulldog mascot of the Marine corps recruit depot San diego

Mollyblues--Lance Corporal Molly Englsih bulldog mascot of the Marine corps recruit depot San diego

US Navy Marine fixes uniform on the Marine corps  bulldog mascot

US Navy Marine fixes uniform on the Marine corps bulldog mascot

Meaning of Mascot

The word mascot goes back to dialect used in Provence and Gascony. It described anything that brought luck to a household. In 1880 French composer Edmond Audran wrote a comic operetta “La Mascotte.” The word had been in use in France long before. Gamblers used it as a slang term derived from a Occitan word masco, meaning “witch.’ The operetta was so popular that it was translated into English as “The Mascot,” giving us a word for any animal, person or object that brings good luck.

Choice of Mascots


The choice of a mascot is usually due to some quality the mascot has that the group wants to identify with. For example sports teams want to express their competitiveness by choosing warriors as mascot symbols.

In the United States there is controversy about mascot choices. Some people object to the use of Native American Indians as mascots. These people think there is something demeaning about it. Personally, I think they should let the Indians decide whether they find it offensive. Some take it as complimentary.


Mascots in the British Army

Royal Regiment of Wales a goat mascot. Officially it is not a goat but a soldier with rank. Lance Corporal William Windsor was retired on 20 May 2009 and will be replaced Many British regiments have live animal mascots. They appear in parades. The 95th Derbyshire Regiment has a ram mascot, the Irish guard has an Irish wolfhound, and the Argyll has a Shetland pony.

The earliest record of a mascot is a goat that belonged to the Royal Welch Fusiliers in the 1775 American war of Independence. The mascots often reflected the area where regiments were recruited like the Derbyshire Ram, Staffordshire Bull Terrier, Irish Wolfhound and Welsh Goats.

British Army classifies its mascots as either regimental pets or regimental mascots. The first are unofficial mascots since the Army doesn’t recognize them. The others are official mascots. Official mascots are entitled to services of the Royal Army Veterinary Corps. They also get shelter and food at public expense. The army pays about $55,000 a year on its mascots. The regiments or unit pays for its unofficial mascots or pets.

Those that have qualified as official mascots are the antelope, goat, ram, horse, pony and dog.

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  • The Queens Royal Hussars
  • British cavalry in ceremonials as part of regimental bands uses drum Horses. The horses carry two kettledrums and a rider. The Drums are made of solid silver requiring a sturdy horse to carry the weight. The Drum Horse tradition dates back to the middle of the 18th century.

·        The royal Irish Regiment

  • In 1970   a Major Hayes on his retirement presented an Irish Wolfhound, named Brian Boru I, as a mascot.

·        Irish Guards

  • The Irish wolfhound was introduced to the regiment when the members of the Irish Wolfhound Club presented a mascot hoping that it would help promote the breed. The succeeding wolfhounds were named for Irish High Kings or legendary chieftains.
  • Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, 5th battalion the royal regiment of Scotland
  • Have had Shetland Ponies as mascots since 1922.
  • The Royal Welsh
  • Goat mascots in the military date back 200 years. They are all called William Windsor or Billy. They march in front of the battalion on all ceremonial events.


Don A. Hoglund (author) from Wisconsin Rapids on March 20, 2013:

torrilynn, thanks for commenting and voting. I'm glad that you found this hub about mascots inforamtive.

torrilynn on March 19, 2013:

wow, quite interesting.

I never knew that the military had

mascots. thanks for the read.

Voted up.

Don A. Hoglund (author) from Wisconsin Rapids on March 19, 2013:

Hi moonlake, glad you enjoyed this hub about the bulldog mascot. Thanks for commenting and sharing.

Don A. Hoglund (author) from Wisconsin Rapids on March 19, 2013:

Hi moonlake, glad you enjoyed this hub about the bulldog mascot. Thanks for commenting and sharing.

moonlake from America on March 18, 2013:

Very interesting. Love the video. Well with sharing.

Don A. Hoglund (author) from Wisconsin Rapids on July 23, 2011:

Thanks for reading and commenting.

Carolyn Moe on July 23, 2011:

I love the German Shepherds that wear doggles... really cool looking... thanks for all the information.

Don A. Hoglund (author) from Wisconsin Rapids on April 02, 2011:

I limited this hub to military mascots largely because to include sports would make a very large hub. I did find our after my early hubs to limit them in size.Thanks for your comments.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on April 02, 2011:

Great article about animal mascots. Many sports teams also have mascots...some real and others just a person dressed up as one. Good advice you gave that person about checking at animal shelters or animal rescue leagues. Almost any type of dog can be acquired at places like that at a fraction the cost. Up and useful!

Don A. Hoglund (author) from Wisconsin Rapids on March 27, 2011:

Glad you liked it. Thanks for reading it and commenting.

Denise Handlon from North Carolina on March 27, 2011:

Great subject. Enjoyed.

Don A. Hoglund (author) from Wisconsin Rapids on March 23, 2011:

If I present something that informs and holds the readers interest, I feel I have3 accomplished something. Thanks for the comment.

prasetio30 from malang-indonesia on March 23, 2011:

Well done, my friend. I love your presentation. I never knew about this before. But you gave more than information. Thanks for writing this. Rated up!


Don A. Hoglund (author) from Wisconsin Rapids on March 23, 2011:

Have you tried a rescue organization? There should be a Bulldog rescue somewhere near you.Thanks for the comment.

L Izett from The Great Northwest on March 23, 2011:

This was great- very interesting mascots you listed here. I know all too much about the Marine Bulldog. My husband is an ex-marine and he wants to get a bulldog, but we have yet to get one, especially at a hefty $2,000 price tag.

Don A. Hoglund (author) from Wisconsin Rapids on March 22, 2011:

Thanks for commenting. the University of Minnesota has a gopher for its mascot but I am told that the picture is actually a chipmunk.

Truckstop Sally on March 22, 2011:

So interesting to read the meaning/purpose of mascots. My school uses a dolphin for our good luck symbol. Smart creatures!

Don A. Hoglund (author) from Wisconsin Rapids on March 22, 2011:


Thanks for reading it. Glad you liked it.



The Dalmatian seems to have an affinity for horses and have a calming effect on horses. In the 17th century they started being used as coach dogs and would be positioned off to the side and just back of the horses. Other dogs tended try to scare the horses and the Dalmatians would chase the other dogs away. Dalmatians would sleep with the horses and protect them against horse thieves.The spurts of running and then hours of inactivity tended to make the horses restless and the dogs helped keep them calm. Yes, even though horses are not used the dalmation is still the mascot of the fire departments. Thanks for the comment.

Rob from Oviedo, FL on March 21, 2011:

I love animal mascots. Is there any truth to that old cliché about fire departments and dalmations as mascots or is that only something from movies?

suziecat7 from Asheville, NC on March 21, 2011:

Interesting subject matter - enjoyed the read.

Don A. Hoglund (author) from Wisconsin Rapids on March 21, 2011:

Thank you for reading it and commenting.

WillStarr from Phoenix, Arizona on March 21, 2011:

Nice hub.

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