The Mongrel is a major character in the 2018 Netflix original film Benji. She is a stray dog who was territorial from the start, but eventually became friends with Benji when she helped him on his quest to rescue Carter and Frankie from the robbers who kidnapped them.

She was portrayed by herself.


After Benji steals a hot dog, he enters an alley, where he encounters the Mongrel. The Mongrel emerges from the crumpled newspapers and scares Benji away before eating the hot dog. After Whitney refuses to keep Benji, he comes across the sleeping Mongrel and observes her leash as he continues to wander throughout the streets before encountering the robbers kidnapping Carter and Frankie.

After Benji unsuccessfully tried to get the authorities to find the kidnappers, he eventually comes up with a plan to get the Mongrel to help him rescue the children with her keen sense of smell. Benji steals another hot dog and comes across the Mongrel. He barks at the Mongrel and she chases him to the abandoned house where the kids are being held. She eats the hot dog and Benji holds onto her leash. He tells her about the children and she agrees to help him. Benji shows her the blanket and she sniffs the scent leading to a basement. They open the door and enter the basement, where they discover a transport tunnel. They enter the tunnel and Mongrel catches the scent of the trail as they exit the tunnels.

They arrive at the boatyard, where the kids are being held. They come across Rott guarding the children and Benji lures him away. Benji leads Rott into a pond and Rott swims out. The Mongrel towers over Rott as she orders him to lay down and he does so. She puts her paw over him and Benji heads out to rescue the children. Benji hears the kids calling for help and heads to the boat with Whitney following him. Syd attempts to escape, but Mongrel and Rott corner him, giving Lyle the opportunity to arrest him. Benji defeats Titus and he is arrested as well. Lyle then meets the Mongrel and calls her a good boy until she reveals her gender.

She was presumably adopted and she is last seen hanging out and playing with Benji as she falls in love with him.


  • She is partially inspired by Tiffany.


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Recurring Characters
Tiffany | Mary | Paul Chapman | Cindy Chapman | Zax | Prince Yubi

Benji (1974)
Dr. Chapman | Officer Tuttle | Lt. Samuels

Howard Clemmons | Uriah Tibbs | Seymour Hawkins | Hi Jolly | Jennifer Hawkins | Camel Soldiers (Fitzgerald, Arthur Logan, Nathaniel R. Higgins and Corporal LeRoy) | Camels

For the Love of Benji
Stelios | Yiannis

Benji's Very Own Christmas Story
Santa Claus | Pins | Needles | Key Elf

The Double McGuffin
Specks | Homer Rutledge | Billy Ray Dober | Foster Callaway | Jody | Arthur Honeycutt | Chief Talasek | Madame Kura

Oh! Heavenly Dog
B.J. Browning | Jackie Howard | Mr. Higgins | Freddie

Benji at Work
B.J. Browning | Jackie Howard

Benji Takes a Dive at Marineland
Lana Afghana | P.W. Pugit | Security Shark

Benji, Zax & the Alien Prince
Lucy | Trask | Mr. Stevens | B.J. and Farley Matthews | Joey | Tanya | Dr. Len Janson | Nora Janson | R.J. Jenkins

Benji's Space Rescue

Benji the Hunted
Cougar cubs | Mother Cougar | Cougar mother

Benji: Off the Leash!
Colby Hatchett | Lizard Tongue | Merlin the Cockatoo | Claire Hatchett | Livingston and Sheldon | Oswald Lewis | Zachary Finch

Benji (2018)
Carter Hughes | Frankie Hughes | Whitney Hughes | Lyle Burton | Sam King | Mongrel

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