Amazing Dogs In Mythology

Mythology? Tales from ancient cultures which consist of their Gods, Traditions, and Superstitions that have lasted hundreds – if not thousands of years. Ancient myths from around the world have captivated millions and continue to be told to this very day. Even our beloved dogs and dog hybrids have scattered tales from many cultures. These are some of the amazing dogs from mythology!

1. Anubis

 

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Anubis is the Greek name for Ancient Egyptian God – Anpu (Inpu) who is closely associated with mummification and the afterlife. Usually, the head of Anubis was depicted as an Egyptian Canid (relative the modern domestic dog) while often having the body of a man. Anubis was worshiped throughout Egypt and priests would wear Anubis masks while performing the mummification process.

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2. Black Shuck

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Black Shuck is the name given to the phantom dog that was said to roam the Norfolk and Suffolk countrysides of England for hundreds of years. The ghostly dog was described as being black with shaggy hair and patrolled along the coastline. There have been several hundred claimed sightings of Black Shuck through the years with the earliest coming in 1450 by a man named Jack Cade.

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3. Cerberus

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Cerberus is found in Greek mythology and is a three headed dog demon that is referred to as “hound of Hades” and guards the gates of the underworld. A part from his three heads, he also had a serpent’s tail, a mane of snakes and the claws of a lion. The dog beast represented the 12th and final labor given to Hercules by king Eurystheus – Hercules was able to defeat the Cerberus without using any weapons, successfully completing his task.

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4. Laelaps

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Laelaps was a dog from Greek mythology that was famous for never failing to catch what she was hunting. In one popular story a figure named Cephalus used Laelaps to hunt the Teumessian fox – who could never be caught. The chase was said to go on until Zeus became perplexed, turned both into stone and turned them into constellations – Canis Major (Laelaps) and Canis Minor (Teumessian fox).

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5. Fenrir

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Fenrir is the most famous of all the wolves in Norse mythology, being the son of Loki and giantess Angrboða. Fenrir was feared by the Norse Gods, so much so they painstakingly attempted to bound the massive beast several times before he finally broke free. Fenrir would eventually leave a path of destruction during Ragnarok before killing Odin and eventually being slain himself. Fenrir definitely isn’t the nicest dog in mythology you will come across.

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6. Dogs of Xolotl

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Xolotl was a Aztec deity associated with sickness, misfortune, lightning, and dogs were closely associated with him. It was believed that Xolotl and a dog would lead a soul into the afterlife. Xolotl was often depicted a large dog in Azetc art as well. Xolotl was the protector of the sun, yet many tales speak of his misfortune and each tell of a terrible fate for the unlucky Xolotl.

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