Big Dog Sportswear – The Rise and Fall

Big Dog Sportswear – The Rise and Fall

Do you remember Big Dog Sportswear? I hope so. Because today we’re going to look at the history of Big Dog Sportswear, their rise through the 90’s, and huge decline through the 2000’s and 2010’s.

If your dad ever owned a Big Dog t-shirt, please let me know.

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46 Comments

  1. Scarred Puppets on January 10, 2023 at 1:45 am

    "If you can’t run with the big dogs, stay on the porch"

  2. That V8 Life on January 10, 2023 at 1:45 am

    Do Big Johnson clothing

  3. Michael Rodriguez on January 10, 2023 at 1:46 am

    Maybe for a skateboard deck

  4. A M on January 10, 2023 at 1:47 am

    I ‘Member

  5. MikeeSocal on January 10, 2023 at 1:48 am

    I remember this brand. Too bad the brand lost steam.

  6. sliightDriizzle on January 10, 2023 at 1:49 am

    I have seen so many of these shirts being worn ironically

  7. Hybridcat on January 10, 2023 at 1:49 am

    You’re not crazy. Anyone that was at least 10yrs old in the mid 90s should recognize that logo. Regrettably, I actually have a Big Dog shirt that I got in middle school. It’s a parody of off the fourth Harry Potter book, Goblet of Fire. At least it was found in a tote while cleaning out the attic

  8. Blakinik Norguild on January 10, 2023 at 1:49 am

    I remember my 400 lb friend in high school wore Big Dog Shirts and Benetton sweat shirts. I thought it was a Big and Tall brand TBH

  9. Andrew Barsky on January 10, 2023 at 1:50 am

    The unbelievable amount of cringe-wear that company put out is unbelievable.

  10. lars on January 10, 2023 at 1:51 am

    This is the shit lol Christian kids used to wear

  11. Maynard Crow on January 10, 2023 at 1:53 am

    I have an uncle who is almost 7 feet tall and not fat or obese, but definitely what you’d call husky. My aunt always bought him Big Dogs clothes, cause they were some of the only ones that fit. He’s in his 70s now, but still a giant…..A sad old giant that will likely die soon. They were the only coolish brand for large sized dudes.

    Edit: typo horseshit, too lazy to rewrite.

  12. The Arbiter on January 10, 2023 at 1:54 am

    So, this video justice me realize that a shirt I have may be from a big dog store since it says "I Am Big Dog" on the front. I didn’t even know this company existed

  13. Michael Rodriguez on January 10, 2023 at 1:55 am

    I only seen one person in highschool in 2001 with this shirt

  14. Cheung Geng Lok on January 10, 2023 at 1:55 am

    I definitely remember owning Big Dogs T-shirts and shorts as a kid in the 90s. It was part of the “sportswear trifecta”: Big Dogs, No Fear and Gecko Hawaii.

  15. sonic23233 on January 10, 2023 at 1:57 am

    There was one at Tanger Outlets in Washington Pa

  16. Yagiヤギ on January 10, 2023 at 1:57 am

    2022 im 30 now, LETS GO BIG DOG

  17. AJ Cortes on January 10, 2023 at 1:58 am

    The shorts are fire

  18. Nowit'z Overhead on January 10, 2023 at 2:01 am

    I was 18 years old in 1994. And I remember having to ignore this brand because I respect myself and the clothes I wear. They should have just stuck with volleyball nets.

  19. Maynard Crow on January 10, 2023 at 2:01 am

    Big Dog: the No Fear for tall fat guys.

  20. WeedSmoker69 on January 10, 2023 at 2:01 am

    Every dog has its day

  21. Anthony Pacy on January 10, 2023 at 2:05 am

    Do no fear

  22. DaddyGrasshopper on January 10, 2023 at 2:05 am

    Sealed their downfall but also created an icon by hanging onto their aesthetic for so long. The logo and slogan shirts have been out of touch for years, but you’ll still know Big Dogs when you see it… crazy thing to try and balance brand legacy vs adapting.

  23. Wally & Tony on January 10, 2023 at 2:07 am

    I completely forgot about this company.

  24. MarshmellowKnight on January 10, 2023 at 2:08 am

    I definitely remember thinking this brand was so cool when I was 10
    But the term "big dog" has such a CB radio boomer dad vibe to it
    It will never rise from grave
    RIP BIG DOG

  25. underwaterman on January 10, 2023 at 2:09 am

    didnt make it here to melbourne. ive only seen second hand on ebay us

  26. Geogre on January 10, 2023 at 2:13 am

    Watching this in a Big Dogs cap

  27. Dxmanforlife on January 10, 2023 at 2:18 am

    Man I loved these as a kid

  28. Katie Mendoza on January 10, 2023 at 2:18 am

    Omg yessss. Definitely one i never see talked about. We shopped there a lot–my mom likes sarcastic shirts, and my dad is a big guy. Reminds me of Happy Bunny (went crazy for that in elememtary/middle school omg).

  29. yotsubafanfan on January 10, 2023 at 2:20 am

    My family loved the Big Dog stores at the Mountain Mall in Gatlinburg and Nashville. Unfortunately the loud opinionated shirts kinda of remind me of my conservative Uncle who I have very very different opinions from. (He’s the type who’d wear it unironically.) Still I’d absolutely love to buy one of their shirts with the large logo on it. (After all vintage is crazy stylish) And maybe go to the store in Pigeon Forge next time I visit the mountains.

  30. Marina S on January 10, 2023 at 2:21 am

    I always thought it was cringe

  31. Wade Roberts on January 10, 2023 at 2:22 am

    Big Dogs were big in the day. I saw all kinds of kids wearing them in the mid aughts.

  32. Tito Rochin on January 10, 2023 at 2:23 am

    I use to wear this

  33. MR SHITSKI on January 10, 2023 at 2:23 am

    You really missed the mark here! It wasn’t about the angry T-shirts they sell now. In fact I think they were a big part of their downfall. At the end it’s all they sold and then quickly went out of business. I 1st encountered Big Dog back in the 80’s with the original shirt, with the dog and blue background. Big Dog to me was never about their angry T-shirts.
    I discovered a store in an outlet in Monterey CA, on Cannery Row filled with high quality
    casual clothes better and cheaper than anyone or anywhere else! Their clothing was made of high quality fabrics and priced sooooo cheap!! I think it probably became impossible to maintain the quality of clothing they had with the prices people came to expect and they just decided to go with the highest profit items, ie the crappy Tshirts and eliminate everything else. And that killed them.
    I used to walk out with a HUGE bags of fleeces, shorts, shirts, skivvys and for like $100
    and I still wear the ultra thick terry bathrobe I got for $20. Twenty bucks! Such good quality!
    By the way the skivvys they included for FREE!? None had any crappy slogans. Just the dog embroidered on the clothing. The skivvys had some funny sayings but not negative. Those nasty Tshirts were relegated to a small corner in the store and came towards the end.
    It was all the other stuff, quality and types of fabrics not seen anywhere else and in large and tall sizes that made it so awesome!!! Personally I don’t know how they made any money, and I think that was the real problem. Their stuff sold for too cheap! More recently I’d been searching for some shirts online, (so hard to find in anything above 2XL) and ended up purchasing some beautiful Big Dogs button down shirts. One was still brand new with the tags from 2000 and I got it for $10! And then a couple of used ones. No crappy sayings just high quality good fitting large shirts for a Big Dog!

  34. KB on January 10, 2023 at 2:25 am

    Big dogs is the daddy to minion memes lol

  35. Melanin Monroe on January 10, 2023 at 2:26 am

    My uncle loved this brand R.I.P

  36. Lucas on January 10, 2023 at 2:27 am

    Oh man…I used to rock some of their stuff back in the day…I’M OLD!!!

  37. Jr. on January 10, 2023 at 2:31 am

    Man these are baller

  38. Dross . on January 10, 2023 at 2:31 am

    They’re the best!

  39. Xrrris Mickey on January 10, 2023 at 2:31 am

    They fit the start of clown clothes of the 90s that continues today.

  40. Militant Pacifist on January 10, 2023 at 2:35 am

    I remember when I was in high school a kid used to wear only Big Dog brand clothing that other kids literally nicknamed him “Big Dog”.

  41. Shadow Puppet on January 10, 2023 at 2:37 am

    I always saw Big Dog stuff as being dad wear instead of sports wear.

  42. SolonSaturn Gaming on January 10, 2023 at 2:38 am

    i remember B.G as man they had probably a cool Store at our mall back in the day and plus i wanted to meet one of the Dog Mascots, i did see em but then i cried go figure eh? Lol

  43. Celicagame13 on January 10, 2023 at 2:40 am

    Big Johnson > Big Dog

  44. Aaron Covert on January 10, 2023 at 2:41 am

    I remember going to this store was like Christmas morning.

  45. Kid Charlemagne on January 10, 2023 at 2:42 am

    I still have a lot of my pops’ old Big Dogs clothing lol. They’re still comfy.
    Edit: they are still in business with a website?! I’m bringing it back! We use to have one in Batesville Mississippi and I loved their clothing, everything was comfy.

  46. TMA2 on January 10, 2023 at 2:43 am

    I remember. I wish I didn’t, but I do. being in grade school in the 90s, my best friend at the time (what you might call a ‘husky boy’ back then who played baseball) and his dad had closets half-full of Big Dog shirts with ‘tude. I also remember another brand using those old MS Word clip art bean people with sassy lines like, "Play you? Why? I’d just kick your butt!". I think there were a lot of short-lived brands who got on the graphic-tee-with-‘tude trend. another common one to see was "It’s a <club/activity> thing. You wouldn’t understand." often where club=band, but they had others. what a time that was.

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