The Ingalls' family pet dog, Jack, played by Barney
Personal Information
Sex/Gender: Male
Species: Shaggy Dog
Family/Relatives: Laura Ingalls Wilder (owner 1874-1877)
About/Description: Laura's scruffy, lovable dog for first 4 seasons of series
Hair Color: Grey
Eye Color: Black
Series Information
Played by: Barney

Jack was Laura Ingalls' scruffy, lovable dog who appeared in almost every episode until his death in the first episode of season four, Castoffs. He often came with the Ingalls family in picnics, and Walnut Grove gatherings. Jack was almost shot by Charles in The Raccoon because he thought Jack was infected with rabies.

He travelled with the Ingalls' almost everywhere they went; to events such as annual and family picnics, a baseball game and occasionally to Oleson's Mercantile (disapproved by Harriet Oleson, leading to Jack always being told to wait outside.

Pilot Movie

Jack made his debut along with the rest of the Ingalls family. Jack's claim to fame came when he got lost crossing the river. The family thinks that he is dead for a few days as they keep going, until one night when he reunites with the family. This experience is referred to in later episodes. He has other big scenes, such as when he is tied up when Pa leaves to go hunting and 2 Native Americans show up. Laura almost unties him, and she is severely yelled at later by Charles.

Season 1

Jack had a few big episodes in the first season. In Ma's Holiday, Jack gets to lick plates clean with Mr. Edwards as the babysitter, but refuses the rattler stew. In The Raccoon, Jack and Laura get attacked by a pet raccoon and there is a rabies scare. In Circus Man, Jack gets severely injured until the "secret powders" heals him.

Laura and Jack

In Doctor's Lady, Jack gets foxtails in his ears for the first time, a problem that will reappear in future episodes. In Christmas at Plum Creek, Jack receives a gingerbread man that was given to him by Santa Claus.

Season 4

In the first episode Castoffs, Jack has foxtails in his ears again, but Laura procrastinates on removing them. When she finally goes to do it, she finds him dead in the barn. Charles soon brings home a new dog, Bandit whom he found, but it takes some time for Laura to warm up to him.

Season 5

In the episode The Godsister, Carrie and her imaginary friend Alissa went to heaven and there she met Jack again. These events however were part of a dream Carrie had.

Book Character

In the Little House Book Series, Jack was a French bulldog -- and traveled with Laura Ingalls almost everywhere. He dies at the beginning of By the Shores of Silver Lake of old age.

Behind the Scenes

In real life, Jack was played by a dog named Barney.


Book Appearances

The Ingalls Family
Little House on the Prairie
Charles IngallsCaroline IngallsMary Ingalls KendallLaura Ingalls WilderCarrie IngallsCharles Ingalls Jr.Grace IngallsJames IngallsCassandra IngallsAlbert Quinn IngallsJackBandit
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