Having recently listed my favourite literary cats it only seemed fair to do the same for the other side – dogs.

The world generally divides between dog-lovers and cat-lovers – I remember having it explained for me once by a cat fan: ‘Men like dogs because they agree with them, and women like cats because they don’t.’

Needless to say my source of wisdom was a woman.

Still, she probably had a point and I do come down on the dog side of the equation but I am not sure this is a gender thing, it may be because most of the animals I liked in my early reading were dogs.

Chronologically number one would be Nana in ‘Peter Pan’ – who wouldn’t prefer a dog to oversee their playtime?

Stepping up a little, William Brown’s Jumble would be ideal boy’s companion as trouble beckons as it always did for Richmal Crompton’s divine invention.

Following my reading time-line I would now like to claim the entire wolf pack from the Jungle Books but I suspect I would get bitten for mentioning dogs in their lupine presence.

So, next into my literary show ring would be Jack London’s Buck from ‘Call of the Wild’ – I would like White Fang too but see the above.

The Hound of the Baskervilles would have to get a mention – obviously a bull calf sized, phosphorescent, slavering beast would not be for patting but if haunting moorland howls are needed, he’s the lad.

A dog with a venerable literary pedigree is Argos who despite his great age immediately remembers who Odysseus is when he finally decides to call in on Penelope.

A dog with an ugly presence and a really bad owner is next, Bulls-eye in ‘Oliver Twist’ whose loyalty undoes the villainous Sikes and who acts as the animal mirror of his violent character.

On a lighter note, ”To say nothing of the Dog’ would be entirely wrong when considering the comic delights of ‘Three Men in a Boat’ , so welcome onboard Montmorency.

We had a P.G. Wodehouse cat last time so we must have a dog. Wodehouse was an ardent dog-lover and there are many in his stories.

One will have to stand for all and that one for me is The Dog McIntosh who features in the Jeeves and Wooster story ‘Episode of the Dog McIntosh’.

My ninth canine literary star, a Schnauzer, appears in style in the bar of a speakeasy on Fifty-second Street.

‘Asta jumped up and punched me in the belly with her front feet.’

Here are Nick and Nora Charles meeting after Christmas shopping in the opening chapter of Dashiell Hammett’s ‘The Thin Man’ . She is the perfect dog for a tale of cocktails, bullets and more cocktails.

As ever, if you would like to suggest additions to our doghouse line-up please feel free to drop us a line with your nominations.