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Soap's 21 Cutest Pets!

Here we celebrate soapland's creatures, great and small - NB: No animals were harmed...

We can't decide who's cuter in Corrie, Chesney or Schmeichel? After being found on Tyrone's doorstep in 2004 the Great Dane survived being hit by Claire Peacock's car

We can't decide who's cuter in Corrie, Chesney or Schmeichel? After being found on Tyrone's doorstep in 2004 the Great Dane survived being hit by Claire Peacock's car

We can't decide who's cuter in Corrie, Chesney or Schmeichel? After being found on Tyrone's doorstep in 2004 the Great Dane survived being hit by Claire Peacock's car

It was always assumed that Pauline Fowler's cute Cairn Terrier, Betty, was named after her aunt in EastEnders.

It was always assumed that Pauline Fowler's cute Cairn Terrier, Betty, was named after her aunt in EastEnders. (Image credit: BBC)

It was always assumed that Pauline Fowler's cute Cairn Terrier, Betty, was named after her aunt in EastEnders.

Ah here's Ghengis, helping himself to Peggy's buffet. Keith Miller's shaggy grey dog was his best friend and the dishevelled pair could often be seen causing trouble...

Ah here's Ghengis, helping himself to Peggy's buffet. Keith Miller's shaggy grey dog was his best friend and the dishevelled pair could often be seen causing trouble... (Image credit: BBC ONE)

Ah here's Ghengis, helping himself to Peggy's buffet. Keith Miller's shaggy grey dog was his best friend and the dishevelled pair could often be seen causing trouble...

After taking a shine to stray cat Molly, Norris Cole was shocked to learn that she had an owner, Mrs Parry, and she wanted her back!

After taking a shine to stray cat Molly, Norris Cole was shocked to learn that she had an owner, Mrs Parry, and she wanted her back!

After taking a shine to stray cat Molly, Norris Cole was shocked to learn that she had an owner, Mrs Parry, and she wanted her back!

EastEnders' Bradley Branning kept Gumbo when he was abandoned by his owner, Rob. But when Rob decided he wanted Gumbo back, the St Bernard faced a difficult decision......

EastEnders' Bradley Branning kept Gumbo when he was abandoned by his owner, Rob. But when Rob decided he wanted Gumbo back, the St Bernard faced a difficult decision...... (Image credit: BBC)

EastEnders' Bradley Branning kept Gumbo when he was abandoned by his owner, Rob. But when Rob decided he wanted Gumbo back, the St Bernard faced a difficult decision......

Is it too soon to talk about Tramp? The poor pooch was rescued by Abi and impregnated Lady Di, only to be run over by Abi in an episode of EastEnders

Is it too soon to talk about Tramp? The poor pooch was rescued by Abi and impregnated Lady Di, only to be run over by Abi in an episode of EastEnders (Image credit: BBC/JackBarnes)

Is it too soon to talk about Tramp? The poor pooch was rescued by Abi and impregnated Lady Di, only to be run over by Abi in an episode of EastEnders

Is there a pet in this picture..? Sorry, we were distracted for a second by Neighbours' Kyle, who, during a solar eclipse, went temporarily blind looking at the sun.

Is there a pet in this picture..? Sorry, we were distracted for a second by Neighbours' Kyle, who, during a solar eclipse, went temporarily blind looking at the sun.

Is there a pet in this picture..? Sorry, we were distracted for a second by Neighbours' Kyle, who, during a solar eclipse, went temporarily blind looking at the sun.

Who cleans out a budgie cage with a vaccum cleaner? The late Jim Branning, that's who! Jim realised that he needed to replace Dot's Budgie before she found out...

Who cleans out a budgie cage with a vaccum cleaner? The late Jim Branning, that's who! Jim realised that he needed to replace Dot's Budgie before she found out... (Image credit: ©BBC)

Who cleans out a budgie cage with a vaccum cleaner? The late Jim Branning, that's who! Jim realised that he needed to replace Dot's Budgie before she found out...

When Eccles arrived on the Street and bit Ken Barlow we knew she was the perfect pet for Blanche.

When Eccles arrived on the Street and bit Ken Barlow we knew she was the perfect pet for Blanche.

When Eccles arrived on the Street and bit Ken Barlow we knew she was the perfect pet for Blanche.

Sharon and her Poodle, Roly, had exactly the same hairstyle in the 1980s so they looked great together hanging around the Queen Vic.

Sharon and her Poodle, Roly, had exactly the same hairstyle in the 1980s so they looked great together hanging around the Queen Vic.

Sharon and her Poodle, Roly, had exactly the same hairstyle in the 1980s so they looked great together hanging around the Queen Vic.

In one of Emmerdale's most heartbreaking storylines, Aaron used his best pal Clyde to attack rival Mickey. Quick-thinking Mickey set his own dog on Clyde...

In one of Emmerdale's most heartbreaking storylines, Aaron used his best pal Clyde to attack rival Mickey. Quick-thinking Mickey set his own dog on Clyde...

In one of Emmerdale's most heartbreaking storylines, Aaron used his best pal Clyde to attack rival Mickey. Quick-thinking Mickey set his own dog on Clyde...

Ah, little Dexter. If only you knew you were bought as bait by scheming Patrick to win the affections of poor Maxine in Hollyoaks.

Ah, little Dexter. If only you knew you were bought as bait by scheming Patrick to win the affections of poor Maxine in Hollyoaks.

Ah, little Dexter. If only you knew you were bought as bait by scheming Patrick to win the affections of poor Maxine in Hollyoaks.

Jack Duckworth was described as 'a pigeon-fancying, flat-cap-wearing, wise-cracking, philandering, Sinatra-loving Lancashire lad' and we all loved him for it.

Jack Duckworth was described as 'a pigeon-fancying, flat-cap-wearing, wise-cracking, philandering, Sinatra-loving Lancashire lad' and we all loved him for it.

Jack Duckworth was described as 'a pigeon-fancying, flat-cap-wearing, wise-cracking, philandering, Sinatra-loving Lancashire lad' and we all loved him for it.

Robbie Fowler found lovable Wellard, persuaded his owners to let him take him home and a beautiful relationship was born.

Robbie Fowler found lovable Wellard, persuaded his owners to let him take him home and a beautiful relationship was born.

Robbie Fowler found lovable Wellard, persuaded his owners to let him take him home and a beautiful relationship was born.

Oh, Batley. Another soap pooch in doggy heaven. Batley is the only animal actor to ever win a British Soap Award - he scooped 'Best Exit' in 2002

Oh, Batley. Another soap pooch in doggy heaven. Batley is the only animal actor to ever win a British Soap Award - he scooped 'Best Exit' in 2002 (Image credit: PHOTOGRAPHER: HELEN TURTON)

Oh, Batley. Another soap pooch in doggy heaven. Batley is the only animal actor to ever win a British Soap Award - he scooped 'Best Exit' in 2002

A ginger pussy is almost as iconic to Coronation Street as the cobbles themselves - the cat that crawled along Jack Duckworth's shed was even immortalised...

A ginger pussy is almost as iconic to Coronation Street as the cobbles themselves - the cat that crawled along Jack Duckworth's shed was even immortalised...

A ginger pussy is almost as iconic to Coronation Street as the cobbles themselves - the cat that crawled along Jack Duckworth's shed was even immortalised...

Before David's pet Rabbit Barney died in 2005, he was the picture of innocence. However, it's clear it was the tramatic event tipped him over the edge as he went on...

Before David's pet Rabbit Barney died in 2005, he was the picture of innocence. However, it's clear it was the tramatic event tipped him over the edge as he went on...

Before David's pet Rabbit Barney died in 2005, he was the picture of innocence. However, it's clear it was the tramatic event tipped him over the edge as he went on...

Another stray-turned-best friend (why do soap dogs always start as strays?) Here's Monica, named after the Friends character. True fact!

Another stray-turned-best friend (why do soap dogs always start as strays?) Here's Monica, named after the Friends character. True fact!

Another stray-turned-best friend (why do soap dogs always start as strays?) Here's Monica, named after the Friends character. True fact!

Little Willy! The famous Pug dedicated seven years of his life to acting in EastEnders.

Little Willy! The famous Pug dedicated seven years of his life to acting in EastEnders.

Little Willy! The famous Pug dedicated seven years of his life to acting in EastEnders.

The Wellards of this world couldn't compete with Bouncer's glossy blonde coat and sunny disposition. The Labrador Retriever was paid more than some actors on Neighbours...

The Wellards of this world couldn't compete with Bouncer's glossy blonde coat and sunny disposition. The Labrador Retriever was paid more than some actors on Neighbours...

The Wellards of this world couldn't compete with Bouncer's glossy blonde coat and sunny disposition. The Labrador Retriever was paid more than some actors on Neighbours...