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[[caption-width-right:244:Aww, look at the cute, lit... cute gigantic doggie!]]

A giant canine. Any canid will do: domestic dogs, [[WolfTropes wolves]], [[ThoseWilyCoyotes coyotes]], [[CunningLikeAFox foxes]], etc., as long as it's far bigger than any in real life.

A SubTrope of AnimalsNotToScale.

A SisterTrope to MegaNeko, RodentsOfUnusualSize.

Compare BigFriendlyDog, PreciousPuppies, {{Hellhound}}, and CuteGiant.
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[[folder: Anime and Manga ]]

* {{Manga/Gintama}}; Kagura's big dog Sadaharu.
* Fenrir's real form in ''MythicalDetectiveLokiRagnarok''; see below under NorseMythology.
* ''Anime/{{Digimon}}'':
** Digimon Tamers Dobermon, a giant doberman pinscher digimon, accompanied by a human partner, is sent by the Digimon Sovereigns to assist the tamers in battling the D-reaper by giving them the ability to biomerge in the real world.
** Gabumon's evolved form, [[http://digimon.wikia.com/wiki/Garurumon Garurumon]], should also count.
** There's the shiba-inu dog, [[http://vodpod.com/watch/2802367-digimon-data-squad-gaomon-digivolve-to-gaogamon Gaogamon]], in Digimon Data Squad.
** [[http://digimon.wikia.com/wiki/Seasarmon Seasarmon]], the lion-dog digimon, and [[http://digimon.wikia.com/wiki/Caturamon Caturamon]] the Dog-deva digimon.
** [[http://digimon.wikia.com/wiki/Cerberumon Cerberumon]].
* ''SpiceAndWolf'': Holo is a harvest diety whose true form is a very, VERY large wolf.
* ''Manga/OnePiece'' featured a zombie Cerberus, and a squad of dog-riders in Enies Lobby. There was also wolf-man Jabura, and possibly Mr. 4's dog-gun Lassoo.
* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'':
** Akamaru grows quite huge after the ''Shippuden'' timeskip. [[spoiler:And don't even think about [[OmnicidalManiac Pain's]] Giant Multi-Headed Dog, one of the most perfectly terrifying creatures incarnate.]]
** The nine-tailed fox, who was quite large when he was going around rampaging. It's interesting to wonder how large he actually is now that he's sealed inside Naruto. The one-tailed tanuki too because although tanukis resemble raccoons greatly, they're actually dogs.
* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'': Captain Sajin Komamura is the largest Gotei captain ''and'' a wolf. [[spoiler: He has nothing on his [[NoNameGiven unnamed]] ancestor, who turns out to be ''even bigger'' - to put it on perspective, the Leader is at least '''five''' times bigger than Koma himself.]]
* In ''InuYasha'', Sesshomaru, his father and his mother all have true forms that are this. [[spoiler:In parts of the manga not yet officially published in English, there is a giant mountain dog and a giant fox kami]]
* Moro from ''PrincessMononoke''. Her ([[WildChild non-San]]) children are quite a bit larger than normal wolves, and are implied to be ''young children''. She is considerably bigger compared to them.
* The second MonsterOfTheWeek in ''MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha''. Unlike the later MegaNeko, this erred more towards the monstrous-looking side.
* Kotarou's full beast form in ''MahouSenseiNegima''. The series also had a Cerberus, complete with the [[ShownTheirWork mane of snakes and dragon tail of the original Greek versions that most modern depictions omit]]. It didn't have the right number of heads, so Nodoka also theorizes that it might actually be [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Orthrus Orthrus]].
* ''{{Duklyon}}: Clamp School Defenders'' - Ineffectual villain Imonoyama uses a growth ray to enlarge the duo's beloved dog, Inuko, into a giant monster dog. Fortunately, she still retains her playfull personality and is "defeated" when an equally enlarged Takeshi commands her to shake hands with him, awwwww!
* Pluto from ''BlackButler'', which can turn into a white haired human but keeps a dog mind. And can [[IncendiaryExponent breath fire]].
* Kaibutsu from ''GingaDensetsuWeed''. According to the Ginga wikia, he weighs at around 1200 pounds.
* In ''[[NatsumesBookOfFriends Natsume Yuunchijou]]'', Nyanko-sensei's true form is a giant inugami.
* In ''Manga/AnimalLand'', wolves like Jeek's father and other canines are huge.
* Belle from ''Anime/BelleAndSebastian''.
* [[FluffyTheTerrible Terry]] the Battlewolf from ''{{Toriko}}'' starts out pretty big (an adorable puppy that comes up to the main character's waist) and as the story progresses grows to truly gigantic proportions.
* ''Manga/NurarihyonNoMago'': Yura's shikigami Tanro is a massive wolf twice as tall as she is.
** Not to mention Inugami who grows to absolutely massive size when he's angry, which is most of the time.

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[[folder: Comics ]]

* John Constantine of ''ComicBook/{{Hellblazer}}'' once had to put down a ghost-possessed bulldog the size of a rhino.
* Lockjaw from ''ComicBook/TheInhumans'', though for a while he was considered an Inhuman mutated into his current form, as per John Byrne. This later got retconned into Gorgon and Karnak playing a cruel joke on [[ComicBook/FantasticFour the Thing]].

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[[folder: Eastern European Animation ]]

* ''Animation/MaxipesFik'': Maxipes (dog=pes) Fk, the dog hero from Czech animated shorts for children. When a girl named ja (pronounced Ah-ya) got him as a puppy, he was normal-sized, but he grew to enormous size. He grew even bigger when he drank a barrel of beer, and ja's father had to build a garage-like [[BiggerOnTheInside dog-house]] for Fk.

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[[folder: Film ]]

* King [[SpellMyNameWithAnS Cesar/Seesar/Shisha/Shiisa]] from the ''Franchise/{{Godzilla}}'' movies. Maybe.
* ''Digby, the Biggest Dog in the World''
* Brutus the Great Dane from ''Film/TheUglyDachshund''.

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[[folder: Literature ]]

* Pictured above: ''Literature/CliffordTheBigRedDog''. The girl over there is his owner, Emily Elizabeth.
* ''Literature/HarryPotter''
** The one-and-only Fluffy from ''Literature/HarryPotterAndThePhilosophersStone'', a three-headed dog (inspired by [[GreekMythology Cerberus]]) big enough to nearly fill a room.
** Hagrid's boarhound Fang might qualify.
** Sirius Black can transform into a Canis Major at will. ({{Fanon}} says he's a Newfoundland. The "Sirius" stories of the ''Fanfic/ParadigmOfUncertainty'' FanVerse may have started this one.)
* Orcs in ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'' occasionally ride Wargs, which are giant wolflike beasts.
* ''Literature/TheSilmarillion'' by Creator/JRRTolkien has Huan, the huge intelligent dog (good), and Carcharoth, the huge (were)wolf (evil).
* ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'' has Mouse, who starts out small enough for Harry to keep in his pocket and quickly grows into... well, this. Harry often makes jokes about the fact that Mouse is the size of a pony, ranging from calling him a "West Highlands Dogasaurus" to, "He's a mutt. Half mastiff, half woolly mammoth."
* The adults in ''SpotTheDog'''s world. At least, in the early books, and assuming the scale of their houses are one-to-one with those of the human world.
* Fully grown [[NobleWolf direwolves]] in ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' are the size of a pony.
* Conrad's dog Bortan in RogerZelazny's ''This Immortal''
-->''"Was there ever another dog the size of a small horse, with armor plates on his sides, and jaws like a trap for bears?"''
* The Ay in the ''Literature/MalazanBookOfTheFallen''--and {{Undead}} to boot, as they've been extinct for about 320,000 years, when the T'lan Imass decided to include them in the Ritual of Tellann, which made the Imass undead.
* In ''Literature/OperationChaos'' by Creator/PoulAnderson, the werewolf hero can be a 180-pound man or a 180-pound wolf.
* The feral dogs in ''Literature/LocksmithsCloset''. Some of them are three feet tall at the shoulder and weigh about 200 pounds. Others are bigger than that.
* The lack of ShapeshifterBaggage for [[OurWerebeastsAreDifferent Lycanthropes]] in the ''Literature/KittyNorville'' books mean that werewolves range from 100-pound "That's a big one." to 250-pound [[OhCrap "AAAAAHHHHHH!!!!!!"]] wolves when they shift.
* In ''Literature/TheGeneral'' standard cavalry mounts are dogs bred up to the size of horses, and described as between eight- and fifteen-hundred pounds of fur, fangs and bad tempers.
* Percy Jackson's loveable hellhound Mrs. O'Leary.

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[[folder: Live Action TV ]]

* The {{Big Good}}s of ''Series/TokusouSentaiDekaranger'' and ''Series/PowerRangersSPD'' are anthropomorphic dog aliens named Doggie Kruger/Deka Master and Anubis 'Doggie' Cruger/SPD Shadow Ranger respectively. Bonus points for ''both'' being voiced by Creator/TetsuInada in Japan (he was Kruger's original VA, but SPD gets a RecursiveImport so he's back to dub Cruger).

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[[folder: Mythology ]]

* [[ClassicalMythology Greek Mythology]]
** Cerberus which also is three-headed and, depending on the story, is on fire or possesses a mane of snakes.
** Orthros, the hound of Geryon, Orthros had two heads and a snake for a tail.
* NorseMythology
** Garm like Cerberus, guards the Underworld (Hel).
** Fenrir, the son of Loki and a giantess, who bit off the hand of the god Tyr; fated to kill Odin. Fenrir in particular is enormous. When he opens his mouth his lower jaw is on the ground and his upper jaw hits the sky.
** Skll who is fated to consume Sl, aka the sun.
** Hati who is fated to consume Mni, aka the moon.
** If you go back far enough the Valkyries rode wolves the size of war horses,
* Black Shuck, the mysterious [[HellHound Black Dog]] from Norfolk folklore, is sometimes said to be the size of a horse. Smaller than some other examples here, but still much bigger than a dog should be.

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[[folder: Tabletop Games ]]

* ''MagicTheGathering'' has [[http://magiccards.info/shm/en/68.html Hollowborn Barghest]], a very big dog. That's not dry grass it's standing in--those are ''trees''.
* The SpaceWolves of TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}} ride giant wolves. How giant? They can take a seven-foot-tall Viking SpaceMarine in PowerArmor to ride and some reach the size of a [[AwesomePersonnelCarrier Rhino]], ([[UpToEleven whose carrying capacity is ten of the aforementioned]] PowerArmor-wearing SpaceMarines).
* Werewolves in ''TabletopGame/WerewolfTheApocalypse'' and ''TabletopGame/WerewolfTheForsaken'' can take on five forms, including a 800 pound bipedal wolf-headed war-beast and a dire wolf that is only marginally smaller and even more nimble to make up for the lack of thumbs.
* Various forms of giant wolves (and, sometimes, other canids and vulpines) have shown up throughout ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' and ''TabletopGame/{{Pathfinder}}''. The iconic three, which seem to show up in every setting, are Dire Wolves (regular wolves, but bigger and stronger), Wargs/Worgs (Dire Wolves with human-like intelligence and evil alignments), and Winter Wolves (Wargs that [[AnIcePerson have a freezing cold bite attack and]] BreathWeapon).

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[[folder: Video Games ]]

* Giant wolves in the ''Franchise/{{Castlevania}}'' games.
* The Mystic Beasts in the ''Franchise/{{Disgaea}}'' series are large horned canids, and seemingly a popular form of transportation, judging from some scenes in ''VideoGame/{{Disgaea 4| A Promise Unforgotten}}''. In the same game, they can [[MakeMyMonsterGrow become even bigger]] in battle if another monster merges with them.
* Orcs in ''VideoGame/{{Warcraft}}'' games ride large wolves too.
** Some bosses in ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft''. Mostly [[MeaningfulName Fenrus the Devourer.]] That thing is MASSIVE.
* The ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' Arcanine, which is big enough to ride around on.
* The mutated dog-boss in ''VideoGame/FurFighters''. An unusual boss as it saw two mutated spouses instead of one. The other rode around on-top of the beast.
* ''VideoGame/DarkSouls'' has the Great Grey Wolf Sif. A giant wolf that wields a giant sword.
* Old Red in ''VideoGame/ProfessorLaytonAndTheAzranLegacy'' is, as his name indicates, a huge old red-furred wolf. He's so threatening-looking that he constantly scares the town of Torrido. [[spoiler: Which is actually completely unintended, as he merely has the FaceOfAThug: he just wants to see his old friend again.]]

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[[folder: Webcomics ]]

* Wally the werewolf in ''Webcomic/ZebraGirl'' is much larger in canine form than an ordinary wolf.
* The Sarghress from ''Webcomic/{{Drowtales}}'' breed extra large riding wolves.
* In ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'', Hinjo's mount Argent is a rather oversized dog/wolf. Also subverted when Belkar gets a [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0140.html riding dog]].
* In ''Webcomic/GunnerkriggCourt'', Reynardine's true form is that of a large fox, and Ysengrin is an even larger wolf. But it is Coyote himself who can [[ShapeShifter become]] [[http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/archive_page.php?comicID=286 truly massive,]] towering over even Ysengrim.
* [[http://rhapsodies.wpmorse.com/?m=20051019 Mitzi]] from ''Webcomic/{{Rhapsodies}}''.
* ''Webcomic/QuestionableContent'' author Jeph Jacques is the proud owner of a Great Pyrenees, one of the huge breeds, named Shelby. Inevitably, she's appeared in his non-canon work a [[http://questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=1661 couple]] [[http://questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=1730 times]].
* Giant dogs serve as draft animals and guard dogs in ''Webcomic/{{Unsounded}}''.
* Battlepug, follows the life of a barbarian and his oversized dog, many other oversized creatures also appear.
* ''Webcomic/AllNightLaundry'' has one. At the beginning he's big, but not impossibly big. He's been bigger in each of his appearances since [[spoiler: due to damage to Bina's Timeline.]]
* ''Webcomic/CryHavoc''[='s=] werewolves become this with a full moon. They stand about 6 feet tall at the shoulder, and are capable of standing on two legs, raising their height to nearly 12 feet. Needless to say, they also weigh more than most cars.
* ''Webcomic/QuestOfCamelittle'' has Black Fang, a creatively-named wolf puppy who can grow bigger at his own will.

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[[folder: Web Original ]]


* In {{Web Serial Novel}} {{Literature/Worm}}, one character, Bitch, has the ability to make dogs temporarily grow into giant, spiky monsterous forms. When she gets a wolf cub, it definitly fits this trope when transformed, particually as it transforms better than the dogs do (it's less deformed by the transformation), possibly because wolves are just better.


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[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* In the episode "Ace in Hole" in ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond'' Terry (aka Batman) is locked in the dog fight ring with a vicious gigantic mutated mastiff.
* The ghost dog in ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom'' has the ability to grow several size its normal height whenever its threatened. Lots of destruction occurs.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddparents'' Timmy needs some enemy that would scare Catman enough to [[RivalsTeamUp team up with his rival]] Crimson Chin. Cosmo has one [[DumbassHasAPoint bright]] moment and summons a HumongousMecha Dog.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'' Korra's CanineCompanion is Naga, a [[MixAndMatchCritters polar-bear dog]] so massive that she easily serves as Korra's HorseOfADifferentColor, [[http://www.toplessrobot.com/2011/07/avatar_the_legend_of_the_biggest_damn_dog_and_to_a.php as seen here]]. Naga's dog side is predominant. Occasionally, though, her ''bear'' side shows through, and it is ''scary''.
* Elsewhere, in ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' we see giant wolf in the spirit world.
* Due to the shifted scale Toby from TheGreatMouseDetective qualifies. He's an ordianry pup, but all the other characters are mice.
* Dinah from the ''MyLittlePony'' episode "Pony Puppy" is in Clifford's size league.
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' has Cerberus, yes ''[[HellHound that]]'' Cerberus, who's the size of your average house. The [[{{Planimal}} Timber Wolves]] can also combine into one massive one and Orthros (yes, [[GreekMythology that one too]]) while not massive is still pretty big compared to the ponies.
* Commodore Puddles (a gigantic poodle) from the ''KimPossible'' epsidoe "Rufus vs Commodore Puddles".

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[[folder: Real Life ]]

* The [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Canis_Major constellation of the same name]]. It is the TropeNamer.
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