Santa’s Little Helper was adopted by Homer and Bart in “Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire,” the 1989 Christmas special and the very first full-length Simpsons episode to air on television. The pair were at the greyhound track and saw that a dog was left behind by his owner as he had run last.
Part of the family from episode one, Santa’s Little Helper was originally never intended to be a recurring character. In the 30 years since, he has been the focus of several story lines and episodes.
While he remains true to a dog in his appearance, Santa’s Little Helper is not anthropomorphic like other cartoon animals. In saying that, he’s also nothing like a greyhound as he’s portrayed to be quite dumb and disobedient unlike the actual breed.
If you own a greyhound, or just love the breed, and are a huge Simpsons fan, then a Santa’s Little Helper tattoo could be the perfect addition to your collection