Chance is a fictional character and main protagonist of the Disney film, Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey, released in 1993. The film revolves around three household pets who set off on a journey after believing that they have been abandoned. The film itself is a remake of the 1963 film The Incredible Journey, which in itself is an adaptation of the 1961 novel of the same name. The film was well-received, spawning a sequel in 1996, Homeward Bound II: Lost In San Francisco. What kind of dog is chance from Homeward Bound?
In the 1993 film, Chance is portrayed by an American Bulldog named Rattler. The name and breed differ from the 1963 film it was based on as well as the 1961 novel where the character was named Luath, and its breed being a Labrador Retriever.
Instantly recognizable, Labrador Retrievers are the most popular dog breed in the US. Originating from England, Labrador Retrievers are believed to come from cross-breeding St. John Water Dogs with British hunting dogs. Simply referred to as Labradors, they have become one of the most popular breeds worldwide due to their obedience and loyalty. Often trained as some form of working dog, their high intelligence have endeared them to many dog-lovers around the world.
Labradors are generally a medium to large-sized breed, with males usually reaching 22 inches (56 cm) in height and 29 lbs (65 kg) in weight. Labradors are also incredibly kind and outgoing. This makes them excellent family dogs, as long as one is willing to handle their enthusiasm and energy.
Descendants from their Old British counterparts, the American Bulldog has become a cultural icon of sorts for the US. They became prominent in the South for efficiently dealing with rodents and vermin in farms, establishing them as trustworthy farm dogs. Now in the modern era, American Bulldogs are synonymous with being excellent working dogs, whether it be on farms, law enforcement, or even as competition dogs.
American Bulldogs are considered a large breed, with males reaching up to 26 inches (65 cm) in height and up to 115 lbs (50 kg) in weight. In terms of temperament, Bulldogs are infamously aggressive towards people and dogs that they are not familiar with. Therefore, socialization training from an early age is paramount for those looking to adopt one. That being said, Bulldogs are also known to be incredibly friendly towards their families. With the proper training and attention, American Bulldogs can become a perfect household pet for those who seek a larger dog for their homes.
Chance is initially depicted as a selfish, self-centered, and immature dog who can’t comprehend the meaning of having a family. Throughout the film, Chance constantly butts heads with his companions Shadow and Sassy. As the film progresses, it is revealed that Chance’s attitude came from being abandoned earlier on as a puppy, with his snarky attitude coming from the fear that he was going to be abandoned again.
By the end of the film, Chance becomes more compassionate and understanding of his companions, and begins to truly value what it means to have a loving family.
Chance’s temperament and attitude surprisingly mirror those of an actual American Bulldog for the majority of the film. Chance is initially untrustworthy and troublesome, before gradually becoming a loyal and friendly companion by the end of the film.