While the world of Pokemon is filled with all kinds of creatures, some of the most loyal are that of the humble canine.
Whether you’re a cat or dog person, there’s no denying just how impactful these real-world animals have been to the Pokemon series. Despite Pokemon being set in a world that’s brimming with dragons and Legendary beasts, the series has continually used animals as references for its designs.
It’s certainly clear that The Pokemon Company is very fond of man’s best friend, and numerous dog Pokemon have been released over the years.
From iconic Fire-types like Arcanine to menacing Fighting-types like Zamazenta, there are plenty of dog-type Pokemon to choose from. In fact, every game has seemingly brought a new dog-inspired Pokemon to the series’ ever-growing roster.
How are dog Pokemon categorized?
While a lot Pokemon may look like dogs, we have only included those that are explicitly described as such in their Pokedex entries. For example, Entei might look like a gigantic wolf, but Pokemon designer Muneo Saitō has stated that the silhouette “could look like a dog or a cat.”
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Meanwhile, Pokemon like Smeargle (Doble) have made the list due to its Japanese name being a blend of dog and doodle. Foxes have also been included, as they belong to the same canine family.
How many dog Pokemon are there?
We’ve scoured the depths of the Pokedex and discovered that a whopping 30 dog-type Pokemon have been discovered so far.
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You can see the full list of all dog Pokemon released in every game below:
While the argument could be made that Pokemon like Eevee should make this list, the cuddly creature hasn’t actually been officially specified as being a dog or cat Pokemon. For now, these are the only Pokemon that are officially categorized as man’s best friend.
So, there you have it, all of the dog Pokemon you can add to your ever-growing roster. Make sure you check out our dedicated Pokemon hub for all the latest news and updates.