For fans who followed his acting roles, Michael Landon was America\u2019s favorite Pa, Charles Ingalls from Little House on the Prairie. Before that, he was many people\u2019s first crush as little Joe in Bonanza. But near the end of his too-short life, he was someone else\u2019s favorite dad: namely, to the seven dogs he owned with his wife Cindy. Cat ownership can vary widely in number, while dog ownership is generally maxed out at four, as a stretch. But Landon was known for embracing life with a blended family, from having several biological children and grandchildren, to readily and enthusiastically adopting a spouse\u2019s child as his own. It seems he had the same mindset for his pets, and understandably so, because aren\u2019t they just fluffy (or scaly!) family members too? The blended family of Landon life Rather famously, Michael Landon had several spouses from a mixture of love and extramarital affairs. Some of these ended up shaking those who knew him to their very core and presented a very mixed-up picture of a supposed family man. He did, however, voice a readiness and willingness to adopt Dodie Levy-Fraser\u2019s and Cheryl Lynn Landon\u2019s children as his own, going so far as to promise he\u2019d treat Cheryl Lynn\u2019s daughter as he would his own blood. RELATED: Get To Know \u2018Little House On The Prairie\u2019 Star Michael Landon\u2019s 9 Kids The result was a big family he discussed in an interview for Live with Regis and Kathie Lee in 1989. The interview duo offered that \u201cthe people know that Michael Landon has nine children and a grandchild.\u201d To this, Landon added he had \u201ctwo grandkids, and one more on the way.\u201d Then Landon made the extra sidenote with surprising nonchalance, \u201cMy wife just filled a void in my life. She got our seventh dog.\u201d The seven dogs of Michael Landon Michael Landon was a proud dog owner to the end of his life \/ Everett Collection After hearing this bit of trivia casually mentioned, Regis focused on uncovering more information. First, he asked for clarification if all the dogs resided under one roof. To this, Landon answered, "They only have one thing in common, they all go in the house." Michael Landon in Little House on the Prairie \/ Amazon Having so many canine siblings means no one gets bored, but they also encourage each other's bad habits. Landon went on, "Every time you bring a new dog in, you have to train the dog. And if that dog goes in your house, all the other dogs that you\u2019ve trained say, \u2018Huh, hey! Let\u2019s hit that rug, fellas!'\u201d He ended up having this many near the end of his life, as he battled pancreatic cancer, which took his life in 1991.