Pound Puppies was a popular toy line sold by Tonka in the 1980s and were a variety of plush stuffed puppy dolls with floppy ears and droopy eyes. They came in a variety of colors (gray, brown, white), some with spots. Each one came in a cardboard case shaped like a doghouse with an "adoption" certificate. The tagline was "Loveable Huggable". Smaller versions were also created (approximately 5 inches (13 cm) long), and a line of cats called Pound Pur-r-ries was also released. Each authentic toy puppy had a heart-shaped or a bone (on the very first edition puppies) emblem near its tail that sported a "PP" logo with either a dog (Puppies) or cat (Purries) peeking above it.
Pound Puppies s were created by Mike Bowling in 1984, and the first dolls were sold by Irwin Toy in Toronto, Canada. After Irwin, the line was produced by Tonka which introduced them to the U.S. market.
They continued to be popular in the early 1990s. The dolls were produced again in the early 2000s and included specific breeds of dog (as opposed to a generic model) along with barking sounds and movements. The toyline was discontinued in 2002; however, the 2010 series of the same name was produced by Hasbro Studios and aired on The Hub in 2010.
The toyline was relaunched in 2014 by Funrise and they are still available in stores today. And in 2019, they were reintroduced again. This time, being sold by Basic Fun! in stores featuring normal sizes, baby sizes and jumbo sizes.
Pound Puppies accessories include:
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