Meet the characters from the beloved children's series.
Hairy Maclary from Donaldson's Dairy is a small dog of mixed pedigree. He and his gang of canine friends love to trot through their town looking for trouble. Hairy is always bumptious and bustly, but a confrontation with Scarface Claw will send him straight back home to bed.
Hercules Morse is an Old English Mastiff and, 'As big as a horse' just about says it all. Hercules is mostly a sleepy gentle giant. He is loyal to his friends and kind and gentle.
Bottomley Potts is the Dalmatian whose name is just a little rude! He sports a smart white coat with well-defined black spots. He is a strong, active and intelligent dog and loves being out and about.
Muffin McLay is a faithful and popular member of Hairy Maclary's gang. An Old English Sheepdog, Muffin McLay looks just like 'a bundle of hay'. As with other members of his breed, his huge head and rather short, stocky body is completely covered in a profuse woolly coat.
Bitzer Maloney is the only other member of Hairy Maclary‘s gang that, like Hairy Maclary, is of mixed-breed parentage. With his large bright eyes, long legs, finely boned thin frame and snaky tail, he is definitely part greyhound.
Schnitzel von Krumm
Schnitzel von Krumm is the star of several of his own adventures as well as appearing in Hairy Maclary's. A red standard smooth-haired Dachshund, Schnitzel's legs are the shortest in the gang.
Scarface Claw is the toughest Tom in town. A huge, dusty black, yellow-eyed cat, he's notched up many battles on the ends of his ears! A great survivor and warrior, Scarface Claw fears no one, no cat, dog or human.
Slinky Malinki is a slender, blacker than black cat with a kink at the end of his tail. During the daylight hours Slinky Malinki is playful and adventurous. But at night he becomes fiendish and sly.
Zachary Quack is a little duckling with a big heart. He’s zippy and zappy, pittery and pattery and happy to frolic and footle. Despite Hairy Maclary's attempts to escape his attention, Zachary Quack keeps coming back.
Dame Lynley Dodd’s lovable animal friends have some harbourside real estate.
Hairy Maclary and his friends are known and loved all over the world. But how familiar are you with Dame Lynley Dodd's other creations? There are plenty to discover, and just like Hairy Maclary, they all feature Lynely's uniquely exuberant artwork and gorgeously readable rhymes! Here are some suggestions to get you started.
Ever wanted to know a bit more about Slinky Malinki's friends?
Out of the gate and off for a walk went Hairy Maclary from Donaldson's Dairy...
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Looking to keep the kids occupied this afternoon? Why not download our Hairy Maclary and Friends colouring sheet?
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