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"Well, just watch yourself, Potter, because I'll be dogging your footsteps in case you step out of line."
— Draco Malfoy to Harry Potter, hinting at his knowledge of Sirius Black's animagus form[src]

Dog (subspecies name Canis lupus familiaris), also known as hound, is a subspecies of the grey wolf (Canis lupus), a member of the Canidae family of the mammilian order Carnivora. The term "domestic dog" is generally used for both domesticated and feral varieties.[1]

Description

Dogs were used in both the wizarding and the Muggle world as pets or guardians. While most normal dogs were generally considered harmless,[2] save those that had been trained or bred for aggressive behaviour, some dogs like the three-headed dog Fluffy were highly dangerous.[3]

Dogs in the wizarding world

Fluffy the three-headed dog

In the wizarding world, dogs were kept as pets or might sometimes serve as guardians of certain objects. For example, during the 1991–1992 school year at Hogwarts, the three-headed dog Fluffy guarded the Philosopher's Stone.[4][5][3] Once the stone had been destroyed, Fluffy was set free in the Forbidden Forest,[6] but was later repatriated by Albus Dumbledore to Greece.[7] Rubeus Hagrid, Hogwarts gamekeeper also had a boarhound named Fang.[2] The name didn't suit him well as even Hagrid called him a "bloody coward".[8]

Dogs in the wizarding world also seemed to have much longer lifespans than dogs in the Muggle world. An example of this is Hagrid's dog, Fang, who was born in the mid-1980s and was still alive by the late 2000s,[9] an impressive age for a dog, especially considering that larger dogs like boarhounds are known to have shorter lifespans than smaller breeds.

In Beedle the Bard's fairy tale Babbitty Rabbitty and her Cackling Stump, the Brigade of Witch-Hunters was given a pack of wild hounds.[10] There were also magical subtypes of dogs, such as three-headed dogs,[3] Gytrash[11][12] and Grim.[13] According to W.O.M.B.A.T., a dog acting suspiciously might be magically-trained. Also, Ron Weasley's Patronus took the form of a Jack Russell Terrier,[14] a breed of hunting dog common in Great Britain and Ireland.

The Crup was a type of wizard-bred dog that resembled a Jack Russell Terrier, but possessed a forked tail and was loyal only to wizards, and was highly aggressive towards Muggles[15] and Squibs.[16]

History

Harry Potter considered his treatment while at 4 Privet Drive to be comparable to that of "a dog that had rolled in something smelly".[17]

After being bit by Norberta, known at the time as "Norbert", Ron Weasley told Madam Pomfrey that he had been bitten by a dog. She didn't seem to believe him, but was apparently unable to figure out the truth about what had really bitten him.[18]

It is possible that Agnes failed her dog Animagus transfiguration into a dog, as the description of a failed Animagus transfiguration resembled that of Agnes.[19]

Dogs in the Muggle world

In the Muggle world, dogs also were kept as companions, being very faithful and, with proper training, could guard valuable objects or people or act as service, rescue and police dogs. The Dursleys' next door neighbour kept a dog, which Dudley once drove over with a working tank.[20] Harry Potter's Aunt Marge bred bulldogs and in 1993 when she visited the Dursley house, she brought one of her favourites who was old and rather ill-tempered, named Ripper.[21] Often in the Muggle world, larger dogs were given fierce names to make them seem more ferocious.

List of known dogs

Known dog Patronuses

Known dog Animagi

Behind the scenes

  • When asked what pet he would like to have in the wizarding world, Warwick Davis said he would like to have a magical dog.[31]

Appearances

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Notes and references

  1. WP favicon.PNG Dog on Wikipedia
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Chapter 8 (The Potions Master)
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Chapter 16 (Through the Trapdoor)
  4. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Chapter 9 (The Midnight Duel)
  5. 5.0 5.1 Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Chapter 11 (Quidditch)
  6. Interview transcript (partial), Blue Peter (cBBC), 12 March, 2001
  7. .@EmyBemy2 He was repatriated to Greece. Dumbledore liked to put Hagrid's more foolish acquisitions back where they belong - not the forest. from Twitter
  8. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (film)
  9. Harry Potter: Magic Awakened
  10. The Tales of Beedle the Bard
  11. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (video game)
  12. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (video game)
  13. 13.0 13.1 Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Chapter 6 (Talons and Tea Leaves)
  14. 14.0 14.1 Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (film)
  15. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
  16. Harry Potter: Wizards Unite
  17. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Chapter 1 (The Worst Birthday)
  18. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Chapter 14 (Norbert the Norwegian Ridgeback)
  19. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 23 (Christmas on the Closed Ward)
  20. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Chapter 3 (The Letters from No One)
  21. 21.0 21.1 21.2 Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Chapter 2 (Aunt Marge's Big Mistake)
  22. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (film)
  23. 23.0 23.1 Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (film)
  24. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (video game)
  25. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (film)
  26. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1
  27. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 27 (The Centaur and the Sneak)
  28. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Chapter 17 (Cat, Rat and Dog)
  29. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Chapter 18 (Moony, Wormtail, Padfoot and Prongs)
  30. Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery
  31. What magical pets would the Harry Potter cast have in the wizarding world? from Pottermore (via the Internet Archive)
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