The Correct information about the Dogs who appeared in the series
The Adventures of Rin Tin Tin
which first aired 1954-1959.

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There have been individuals who have erroneously suggested that Lee Duncan's dogs were not used in the filming of the series The Adventures of Rin Tin Tin. There were 164 Episodes in the five seasons of the series

Despite those erroneous reports Duncan's dogs were in fact fully utilized in the series. During a 1994 lawsuit, Series Executive Porducer Herbert B. Leonard, while under oath, testified that Duncan was indeed on the set with the Rin Tin Tin dogs every day of filming for every episode of the series THE ADVENTURES OF RIN TIN TIN.

In addition the misconception is easily proven to be not true simply by watching the various episodes and knowing the four dogs who were used in the series, three of which Duncan owned. Below you will see photos featuring the major identifying factors, primarily head appearance and color, in the four dogs, Rin Tin Tin II, Rin Tin Tin IV, Hey You and JR.

Rin Tin Tin II and Rin Tin Tin IV were Silver Grey in color, Hey You and JR were Sable Grey in color.

This is a Link to YOU TUBE of The Adventures of Rin Tin Tin episodes. Watch them and you can clearly see when the dogs change, example, S1-EP1 on the You Tube page JR is used in the opening scene and in the sitting cute with the cavalry scene, while Rin Tin Tin IV is used jumping off the building onto the wagon, and Rin Tin Tin II in an attack scene and so on. Anoterh key factor is look at the age of the dogs.

Rin Tin Tin II
The Head





Life Magazine, June 1958 - Notice damage to Rin Tin Tin II ear

Male
Gray (Silver Grey)
Born: April 22, 1949
Sire: Ch. Tasso of Villa Marina, Register of Merit (SCHH SGR 1925 CH (US) Klodo vom Boxberg SCHH- linebreeding 4,5/5,5)
Dam: Majorette
AKC: #W154721
Owner: Lee Duncan
Pedigree
RIN TIN TIN II was linebred (3,5) to V Dachs von Bern Who was linebred (4,3) to SCHH SGR 1925 CH (US) Klodo vom Boxberg SCHH
RIN TIN TIN II's grandfather was International Champion Grand Victor Odin von Busecker Schloss, FH, Register of Merit , and one of the most recognized dogs in the history of the Breed. Odin was a half brother to Pfieffer v Bern (a sone of Dachs von Bern) and the German SV Champion in 1936 as well as the American Grand Victor; an accomplishment not since repeated.

Photos from Museum of Dogs Collection and Dan Condon Collection. Most are Now readily available on eBay.








Rin Tin Tin IV
The Head










Male
Gray (Silver Grey)
Born: March 5, 1952
Sire: RIN TIN TIN II
Dam: Cullen's Tipper
AKC: #W329592
Owner: Lee Duncan
Pedigree
Signed Pedigree
RIN TIN TIN IV was linebred (5-5,5,5) to Pfieffer v Bern (a son of Dachs von Bern) and the German SV Champion in 1936 as well as the American Grand Victor; an accomplishment not since repeated. Pfieffer was linebred (4,5-4) to SCHH SGR 1925 CH (US) Klodo vom Boxberg SCHH

RIN TIN TIN IV'S mother, Cullen's Tipper, was linebred (4-5) to VA, SGR (HOL) Ferdl von der Secretainerie SchH


Photos from Museum of Dogs Collection and Dan Condon Collection.















Hey You
The Head



Based on his structure and appearance Hey You was likely one of Odin's grandsons.
International Champion Grand Victor
Odin von Busecker Schloss,
FH, Register of Merit

Male
Gray (Silver Grey)
Born: April 23, 1934
Owner: Villa Marina Kennels
Sire: V Dachs von Bern ZPR (SCHH SGR 1925 CH (US) Klodo vom Boxberg SCHH- linebreeding 4,5/5,5)
Dam: V Gerda vom Busecker Schloss SCHH1 HGH
AKC: SZ 463301 (AKC A262642)


Photos from Museum of Dogs Collection and Dan Condon Collection.








































Flame Jr. (aka JR)
The Head




The age, date of birth and parents of JR are unknown. However, His sire is thought to be Flame, who was a movie dog star in his own right.

Flame Jr. aka, JR's date of birth and pedigree are unknown. In an interview, Animal trainer Bob Blair said that "The Adventures of Champion" was the first TV show he worked on as he helped with Rebel, the German shepherd. Rebel was played by JR and handled by Frank Barnes.

Blair said that JR also appeared in The Adventures of Rin Tin Tin.

Benji's owner Frank Inn said that he borrowed the dog from Barnes, and his partner Neil Gazeley and Blair worked it. and he told others that before Barnes died, he gave him the dogs to keep, so so had two sons of JR until they died of old age.

Photos from Museum of Dogs Collection and Dan Condon Collection.

























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