ByKyle Mack, writer at
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Kyle Mack

This theory is kind of crazy, but its just crazy enough to be possible. Scooby-Doo first graced our TV screens with his show Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! in 1969, which makes the canine 46 years old.

The original Scooby-Doo show never addressed the question how the hell a dog can talk, and Shaggy, Velma, Fred and Daphne acted like it was totally normal even when other characters would ask, “That dog can talk?!” Most people just shrug it off as a cartoon but what if I told you that there might be way to explain this phenomenon? Today I'd like to discuss the evidence that point towards the following theory...

Scooby was a super-intelligent test subject bred for the Soviet space program!

Now I know what you're thinking, that’s insane. But there is actually some decent evidence behind this. So let's jump right into it by taking a look at when Scooby doo was first released in 1969 - almost exactly two months after Apollo 11 put Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin on the moon!

Apollo 11 in 1969
Apollo 11 in 1969

By the time the cartoon premiered, the Soviet Space Agency had been going strong for years: Sputnik 1 became the world’s first artificial satellite in 1957, and the Vostok 1 spaceflight made Yuri Gagarin the first man in space in 1961.

Not only that, but the Russian space program has a history with dogs. And before they put the first man in space, they put the first living creator from earth in space. Laika, a terrier, was taken from the streets of Russia and launched into space.

Laika the dog
Laika the dog

Unfortunately, Laika died shortly after take off. This was on Sputnik 2 in 1957.

The dogs Belka and Strelka were similarly sent into space as living test subjects on the Sputnik 5 satellite in 1960, and became the first Earth-born creatures ever to fly into space and return alive.

Belka and Strelka
Belka and Strelka

So, what the theory is saying is that it’s a possibility that the Soviets also looked into an experimental breeding program that could have produced dogs with greatly enhanced intelligence. It sounds nuts, but super-intelligent animals could potentially have been a great asset to the Soviet Space Agency. After all, why risk the life of a trained cosmonaut for a simple test flight when you could send a dog who’s smart enough to record data, operate consoles and understand complex commands over a radio? And to be honest this makes a lot of sense. Humanity tends to have an ugly history of using animals, who are seen as “lesser than humans,” to explore situations with a higher chance of fatality, as evidenced by Laika. Anyway, in the course of their secret breeding program, maybe the Soviets unintentionally gave birth to at least one dog who was smart enough to learn and imitate human speech.

So how did Scooby get from Russia to America? Well the theory explains that Scooby started his life as a subject in the Space Agency’s breeding program, but escaped when one of the scientists bonded with him as a puppy, and decided to take him to America when he defected. Scooby first met Shaggy and the gang when they were investigating the creepy old mansion the Russian scientist lived in. The Gang didn’t want to leave a cute puppy with a scary old man who was causing trouble so they took Scooby with and joined in on their meandering travels through the backroads of America in their beloved van.

German Scientists in the USSR post WWII
German Scientists in the USSR post WWII

Still not convinced? Well theres one more piece of evidence. Scooby is of German decent. Despite the misleading name, the Great Dane is actually a German breed. The Germans were responsible for most early research into rocket technology during World War II, and many of the Soviet Space Agency’s researchers were German-born scientists recruited by the Russians. It’s possible that Scooby’s parents were brought over from Germany along with the researchers who helped breed them. This would explain how Scooby ended up being born in Russia.

And finally Since the U.S. and the USSR were opponents during the Cold War, getting inside information about what the Soviets were up to was definitely on America’s mind. So even though Scooby went on to live a happy life with his new friends, the CIA also never gave up on the hope of getting their hands on a Soviet super-dog for research. Though we never saw it on the show, there were more than a few American agents who spent years futilely trying to find the Mystery Machine as it continued on its travels. And this is why the show is called Scooby Doo where are you? As the American agents were always looking for him.

So there you have it Scooby Doo is actually the result of a Russian experiment for their space program in the mid 60’s. Mind Blown.

Anyway I wanted to give a special thank you to the redit user themightypentagon and Stacy Grant for coming up with this great theory. Check out the original theory here.

What do you think about the theory?


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