This popular novelty song published as having been written by Bob Merrill in 1952 and very loosely based on the folk tune, Carnival of Venice. The best-known version of the song was the original, recorded by Patti Page on December 18, 1952. On April 4, 1953, singer Patti Page’s rendition of “The Doggie in the Window” went to No. 1 in the US Billboard magazine chart, staying at that top spot for eight weeks. The song was wildly popular across a wide demographic. The song had school children “yipping”; Mercury Records was besieged with requests for free puppies; and the American Kennel Club’s annual registrations spiked up by eight percent. In all, Page’s record sold over 2 million copies.
Patti Page, How Much is That Doggy on The Window