Although my daughter has almost ( emphasis on the "almost") grown out of the PAW Patrol stage, my 2 year old son is just discovering it. He likes it so much that he will grab the TV remote control, give it to me and say "Woof" - that is my cue to turn on a PAW Patrol episode.
If you are a parent like me than you have probably watched countless episodes of PAW Patrol - but here are some fun facts you may not have known!
#1 The PAW Patrol is a Canadian production. The intellectual rights belong to Spin Master Entertainment which was founded in 1994 by two childhood friends and University of Western Ontario grads, Ronnen Harary and Anton Rabie. Another classmate, Ben Varadi, soon joined in as well.
#2 The PAW Patrol was created by British TV producer, Keith Chapman, after he was approached by Spin Master. Chapman once worked for Jim Henson International and is also the creator of the immensely successful “Bob the Builder”.
#3 You’ll notice “PAW” is spelled in all capital letters. According to paw-patrol.wikia.com Spin Master filed trademarks in which PAW stands for either “Pups at Work” or “Protect and Wag”.
#4 Each pup is a specific breed of dog except for Rocky who is described as a “Mixed Breed”. Chase is a German Shepherd, Marshall is a Dalmatian, Skye is a Cockapoo, Rubble is a Bulldog, Zuma is a Chocolate Labrador, Everest is a Husky and Tracker is a
#5 Zuma is described as the youngest pup at 5 years old and Everest is the oldest at 8 years old. Since even 5 “dog years” is considered to be 36 human years I assume they are aging the “pups” as if they were human beings.
#6 All of the vehicles used by the PAW Patrol are numbered – apparently in order of their creation. Ryder’s ATV is 01, Chase’s police truck is 02, Marshall’s firetruck is 03, Skye’s helicopter is 04, Rocky’s recycling vehicle is 05, Rubble’s rig is 06, Zuma’s hovercraft is 07, The PAW Patroller is 09, Everest’s snow vehicle is 09, the Air Patroller is 10 and the newest pup vehicle ( Tracker’s jeep) is 11.
#7 The numbered vehicles seem to also indicate when that particular pup became a member of the PAW Patrol. The only hiccup there is that in Rubble’s origin story, Zuma is already a member of the Patrol but is numbered after Rubble. What’s up with that?
#8 All of the pup’s names are rather obvious to their calling. While I wondered about “Zuma”, it appears he is named after the famous beach in Malibu, California.
#9 In addition to North America, Paw Patrol is televised in over 160 countries. It is especially popular in the U.K. ( where there are different voice actors to reflect the accent) and France.
#10 In 2016, PAW Patrol Live: Race To the Rescue , (a live stage show) began touring North America.
#11 PAW Patrol’s theme song was nominated at the 41st Daytime Creative Arts Emmy Awards for Outstanding Original Song. And if you’ve ever heard the Pup Pup Boogie song you know it’s even more addicting.
#12 The first season of Paw Patrol ran in TVOKids in Canada starting in August 2013 and was later picked up by the American Kids TV giant Nickelodeon. A third season is already running (much to the delight of my children) and Spin Mastered has confirmed that fourth, fifth and sixth seasons are in the works.