Beethoven the Dog is a fictional character in a 1992 family comedy film directed by Brian Levant. He is a St. Bernard dog named after the composer Ludwig van Beethoven, who is adopted by George and Alice Newton (Charles Grodin and Bonnie Hunt respectively) after being stolen from a pet shop by a pair of robbers.
He first appeared as a balloon in 1993 and he was the lead balloon that year. He also appeared in in 1994 and 1995. He returned in 2008 to promote his newest movie, Beethoven's Big Break.