Huck is an anthropomorphic blue dog that speaks with a Southern drawl and has a relaxed personality. He is mainly seen wearing a zig-zag straw hat with a polka-dot band (or, generally, a black top hat) and a red bow tie.
His shorts are usually in one of two formats. In some episodes, he tries to perform jobs in different fields, ranging from policeman to dogcatcher, with results that backfire, yet usually comes out on top, either through slow persistence or sheer luck. Huck did not seem to exist in one specific time period as he has also been a Cowboy, a Roman gladiator, a Medieval knight, and a rocket scientist. He lives in the city of Hill Street Neighborhood, known as the city of music, which is known for the the most famous store in the world, Maple Mall. He's also known for chasing the ice cream truck, whenever he sees, or hears it.
One regular antagonist is Powerful Pierre, a tall and muscular unshaven character with a French accent. Other regular villains are Dinky Dalton, a tough western outlaw that Huck usually has to capture, and Crazy Coyote, an Indian who Huck often had to defeat who was his match. There were also two crows with Mafia accents who often annoyed Farmer Huck.
A trademark of Huck is his tone-deaf and off-key rendition of "Oh My Darling, Clementine". However in the short "Legion Bound Hound", it is also the name of his ex-fiancée, whom he tries to forget. He also commonly uses the phrase "and stuff like that there" in place of "and so on." Other traits include his ability to extend his body, including his tail, his strategy of winning people over by winking his left eye, and his habit of giggling, even at the smallest of things. He also has a secret weapon known as "The Huckleberry Howler", where he takes a deep breath, and lets out a howl.
While he did appear as a major character in most Hanna-Barbera spin-offs, Huck was put back into the spotlight in the television movie The Good, the Bad, and Huckleberry Hound where he was a reluctant town sheriff, falls in love with the Native American girl named Desert Flower, and performs a different song "By the Light of the Silvery Moon" as opposed to "Clementine". This was also Daws Butler's last performance as Huck and several other of his characters before his death.
His birthday is January 17. He is said to be one of the last living members of his family, though he has five sisters, four brothers, a grandfather known as "Grampy", and his two-year-old crybaby nephew Hector.[Citation needed] Huck has five girlfriends: Hilda, a female hound that looks just like him; Daphne, a poodle; Kitty Hound, a white hound with blond hair; Clementine Darling, a pink hound; and Desert Flower, an Indian yellow hound.[Citation needed]
Based on the Southern Wolf character in the 1953 Droopy short "Three Little Pups", Huck was voiced by Daws Butler, who had given a similar voice and characterization to Reddy. Butler denied he based the voice on Carolinian actor Andy Griffith, as well as a neighbor he once knew, and had been using it since the late 1940s. For his part, Joseph Barbera recalls in his memoir, My Life in 'Toons, that when asked to demonstrate a Southern drawl, Butler noted where there were a number of regional variants thereof. Butler kept voicing Huck until his death in 1988, as all of his recordings of Huck were completed prior, and Greg Burson took on the role in 1989.
In Jellystone!, his voice and characterization is more similar to childrens' television host Fred Rogers.
Huck appeared in 57 shorts in his segment of the show, which were as follows:
1. Huckleberry Hound Meets Wee Willie
21. Little Red Riding Huck
41. Huck Hound's Tale
- The Huckleberry Hound Show (1958-1962)
- Kellogg's commercials (1958-1962)
- Yogi Bear & Friends, a syndicated animated series that aired between 1967 and 1968
- Yogi's Gang (1973)
- Laff-A-Lympics (1977-1979)
- Yogi's Space Race (1978-1979)
- Galaxy Goof-Ups (1978-1979)
- Yogi's Treasure Hunt (1985-1988)
- Wake, Rattle & Roll (1990-1991) (Fender Bender 500 segment)
- Yo Yogi! (1991)
- Jellystone! (2021)
Films and Specials
- Yogi's Ark Lark, a 1972 made-for TV movie for The ABC Saturday Superstar Movie
- Hanna-Barbera's All-Star Comedy Ice Revue, a 1978 live-action television special
- Casper's First Christmas, a 1979 TV special which had Casper the Friendly Ghost and Hairy Scary meeting Yogi and his gang
- Yogi's First Christmas, a 1980 made-for-TV movie for syndication
- Yogi Bear's All-Star Comedy Christmas Caper, a 1982 television special starring Yogi and friends.
- Yogi Bear and the Magical Flight of the Spruce Goose (1987)
- The Good, the Bad, and Huckleberry Hound (1988)
- Hanna-Barbera's 50th: A Yabba Dabba Doo Celebration, a 1989 television special dedicated to the career of William Hanna and Joseph Barbera
- The Yogi Bear Show - "Yogi's Birthday Party" (1962)
- Top Cat - "King for a Day" (1962) - cameo
- The Simpsons - "Behind the Laughter" (2000)
- The Brak Show - "Poppy" (2002)
- Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law - "Droopy Botox" (2004)
- Johnny Bravo - "Back on Shaq" (2004)
- Evil Con Carne - "Hector, King of the Britons" (2004) - voice only
- The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy - "Irwin Gets a Clue" (2005)
- Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law - "The Death of Harvey" (2007)
- MetLife - "Everyone", a 2012 commercial featuring various well-known animated characters
- Wacky Races - "Hong Kong Screwy" (2018), "The Trial of Dick Dastardly" (2018) and "Slow and Steady" (2019)
- Daws Butler - from The Huckleberry Hound Show (1958) through The Good, the Bad, and Huckleberry Hound (1988)
- Greg Burson - Hanna-Barbera's 50th: A Yabba Dabba Doo Celebration (1989), Fender Bender 500 (1990)
- Greg Berg - Yo Yogi! (1991)
- Jeff Bergman - Cartoon Network promos and advertisements (1990s)
- James Arnold Taylor - Johnny Bravo - "Back on Shaq" (2004)
- Tom Kenny - Evil Con Carne - "Hector, King of the Britons" (2004)
- Billy West - Wacky Races (2017)
- Jim Conroy - Jellystone! (2021)
In Other Languages
- Brazilian Portuguese: Dom Pixote
- Bulgarian: Хъкълбери Хрътката
- Croatian: Hucky i Prijatelji
- Czech: Pes Filipes
- Dutch: Huckleberry Hond
- Finnish: Hakki-koira
- French: Roquet Belles-Oreilles
- German: Hucky
- Greek: Ηακλμερη Κηνιγοσκυλο
- Hungarian: Foxi Maxi
- Icelandic: Hökki Hundur
- Italian: Braccobaldo Bau
- Japanese: 珍犬ハックル (Chin-ken Hakkuru)
- Polish: Pies Huckleberry
- Portuguese: Dom Quixote
- Russian: Пёс Хакльберри
- Spanish: similar to English
- Swedish: Huckleberry Hund / Blåbärsjycken
- Turkish: Hukleberri ve bese hondi
- "And a Huckleberry Hoooooooound dog howdy to ya!"
- "Wal, I do declare."
- "Now jus' a cotton-pickin'/doggone/dadburned minute!"
- "That's jus' jim-dandy!"
- "Wal bust mah britches."
- "Say now...that's mighty nice!”
- "Leapin' lizards!"
- "Jumpin' Jupiter!"
- "Waa-aal, if'n that don't beat all!"
- "Great day in the mornin'!"
- "Waa-aal, dog my cats!"
- "Dawww, shucks!"
- "Ice cream! YAY!"
- Besides Reddy, Daws Butler also gave a similar accent and characterization to Smedley the Dog from Walter Lantz's Chilly Willy cartoons.
- In Yogi's Treasure Hunt, he and Quick Draw McGraw are often paired together on scouting missions.