What Breed of Dog Is Benji?

By Staff WriterLast Updated Mar 31, 2020 11:21:41 AM ET
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Benji is a mixed breed dog, also known as a mutt. Four dogs have played the roleof Benji, the most recent of which is a female mixed breed. According to Benji's creator, Joe Camp, the current Benji displays characteristics indicating she has some Tibetan Terrier and some spaniel in her lineage.

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The original Benji was a male dog whose off-camera name was Higgins. He was adopted from the Burbank Animal Shelter in Burbank, Calif. The current Benji was adopted from the Human Society of Southern Mississippi after a nationwide search through shelters for a new star. The American Humane Association has reported that because the original Benji came from a shelter, more than 1 million dogs were adopted nationally.