What Kind of Dog Is Al from ‘Paw Patrol’? Breed Information, Pictures, and Facts

Beautyful adorable young basset hound smiling with happy sitting in a field of dandelion with blurry background full around of yellow flowers and green leave and tree ,spring season in europe,.
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Written by Kellianne Matthews

Published: January 14, 2024

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Paw Patrol is a popular Canadian animated television series about a remarkable group of heroic pups. Each member of this unique canine team is equipped with their own exceptional skills, ready to help everyone in Adventure Bay in any way they can. Al, one of the team’s members, is a trucker with an unusual vocabulary and a strong dedication to deliveries. But what kind of dog is Al from Paw Patrol? Let’s dive in and find out!

Who is Al?

Logo PAW Patrol

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Making his debut in season nine of Paw Patrol, Al has quickly become an integral part of this unique canine rescue team. As a dedicated trucker, his job is to ensure the timely delivery of vital supplies to the community. In addition, Al is fluent in “trucker”, peppering conversations with trucker terms and lingo. Al knows his truck inside and out, and nothing can deter him from his job. He also diligently assists his fellow Paw Patrol members with their own vehicles.

What Kind of Dog Is Al From ‘Paw Patrol’?

Portrait of a purebred basset hound

Basset hounds have surprisingly heavy bodies!


Al is a basset hound. He is a white dog with large brown patches and long, floppy ears, just like a real-life basset hound. Basset hounds have short legs and long, bulky bodies, long ears, and soulful eyes. Renowned for their gentle and affectionate nature, these charming dogs love to be with their families. They will happily soak up hours of relaxation and cuddle with their human companions. They are also typically laid back, patient, and tolerant of both children and animals. Basset hounds are some of the most easygoing and good-natured dog breeds out there! 

The Basset Hound Breed: Temperament and Behavior

Basset Hound standing on grass

Basset hounds have long ears that help pick up various scents while tracking.

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Although basset hounds stand low to the ground and may appear lazy at times, don’t let that fool you. These scent hounds need plenty of exercise to stay in shape and can keep up with dogs much larger than themselves. However, they are not built to run for miles on end — that can cause a lot of damage to their bones and joints. Basset hounds are big food lovers, and can easily overeat, which is also why they are often overweight. Healthy, moderate exercise — such as a walk around the block — and a healthy diet are a necessity for these sweet pups. 

In addition, basset hounds definitely have a mind of their own. They can be stubborn and require a great deal of patience when it comes to training. Originally bred in France as scent-hounds, their incredible sense of smell is one of the best in the dog world — second only to the bloodhound! However, their superb natural instincts can also get them into trouble. That’s one of the reasons they don’t do well off-leash at dog parks, as they can quickly take off when they catch a new scent.

Basset hounds are also extremely vocal dogs with their own language of sorts — just like Al on Paw Patrol. As scent hounds, they announce when they’ve found their mark with a clear, mourning baying. Their distinct voices are deep and can be heard from long distances away. So, it’s best not to leave these dogs outside in your backyard. 

However, with consistency and patience, these friendly pups can easily become your favorite canine companions, just like Al on Paw Patrol!

Beautyful adorable young basset hound smiling with happy sitting in a field of dandelion with blurry background full around of yellow flowers and green leave and tree ,spring season in europe,.

Basset hounds are friendly and charming dogs that seem to love everyone they meet.


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About the Author

Kellianne Matthews is a writer at A-Z Animals where her primary focus is on anthrozoology, conservation, human-animal relationships, and animal behavior. Kellianne has been writing and researching animals for over ten years and has decades of hands-on experience working with a variety of different animals. She holds a Master’s Degree from Brigham Young University, which she earned in 2017. A resident of Utah, Kellianne enjoys creating, exploring and learning new things, analyzing movies, caring for animals, and playing with her cats.

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