Ruffus the Dog
GenreChildren's television series
Created byRobert Mills and Cheryl Wagner
Directed byRobert Mills
StarringRobert Mills
Bob Stutt
Gord Robertson
Fred Stinson
Karen Valleau
Ben Deutsch
ComposerJP Houston
Country of originCanada
Original languageEnglish
Executive producersRobert Mills
John Leitch
ProducersCheryl Wagner
Robert Mills
EditorFrank Moressa
Camera setupMulti-camera
Production companiesRadical Sheep Productions
Hunkey Dorey Entertainment
Original release
Release1998 (1998) –
1999 (1999)

Ruffus the Dog is a Canadian children's television series which aired on YTV from 1998 to 1999; it was created by Robert Mills, who performs the title character, and developed with Cheryl Wagner. The show was produced through Radical Sheep Productions, a company founded by Mills in 1985 that also created The Big Comfy Couch. The Ruffus character had previously appeared in the educational video series The Adventures of Ruffus & Andy in the early 1990s, as produced by the Credit Valley Hospital in Mississauga, Ontario, where Ruffus and his owner Andy learned medical lessons.

When Robert Mills left Radical Sheep in 2002, ownership and rights to the award-winning series were transferred to his new company, Hunky Dorey Entertainment. Mills is now distributing the original series and subsequent new works online. The first major production was a re-telling of the Charles Dickens classic A Christmas Carol with Ruffus playing Ebenezer Scrooge. Six of the show's original puppeteers, Robert Mills, Bob Stutt, Gord Robertson, Fred Stinson, Karen Valleau, and Ben Deutsch, returned for the project, as did songwriter JP Houston. Alyson Court, who played Loonette the Clown on The Big Comfy Couch, voiced the Ghost of Christmas Past.

Currently, the Ruffus Project is embarking on production of a new web series entitled: Ruffus The Dog's Steampunk Adventure.

Also in the works are a series of illustrated book titles and a pre-school web series entitled: Ruffus Rhymes.


Ruffus the Dog runs a bookshop in a small town. There, he reads a famous fairy tale to the viewers. In the story, Ruffus and several other characters portray different characters in the tale. At the end, he talks about the moral of the story to the viewers.


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