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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. Temperament varies from the AngryGuardDog on the one end to the BigFriendlyDog on the other, but since an animal's size is more often than not '''perceived''' to be proportional with how dangerous it is, the former tends to be more expected... which can make subversions all the funnier when a supposedly dangerous giant dog/wolf turns out to be as cute, playful and benign in behavior as your average puppy.

May or may not be a case of AnimalsNotToScale, depending on what real-life species (or, in case of domestic dogs, breed) it most closely resembles, if at all.

A SubTrope of DireBeast.

A SisterTrope to MegaNeko, RodentsOfUnusualSize.

Compare PreciousPuppies, {{Hellhound}}, and CuteGiant.



[[folder: Anime and Manga ]]

* {{Manga/Gintama}}; Kagura's big dog Sadaharu.
* Fenrir's real form in ''Manga/MythicalDetectiveLokiRagnarok''; see below under Myth/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]].
* ''LightNovel/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 ''Manga/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 ''Anime/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 ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha''. Unlike the later MegaNeko, this erred more towards the monstrous-looking side.
** Arf and Zafira can both take on the form of wolves, though they look more like foxes when not in their puppy forms.
* Kotarou's full beast form in ''Manga/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]].
* ''Manga/{{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 ''Manga/BlackButler'', which can turn into a white haired human but keeps a dog mind. And can [[IncendiaryExponent breath fire]].
* Kaibutsu from ''Anime/GingaDensetsuWeed''. According to the Ginga wikia, he weighs at around 1200 pounds.
* In ''Manga/NatsumesBookOfFriends'', 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 Cloth]] the Battlewolf from ''Manga/{{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. [[spoiler:We get a good look at a full-grown Battle Wolf in Chapter 263 which looks like it's the size of a building at the very least]].
* ''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.


[[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]].
* ''ComicBook/{{Fables}}'' Bigby's true form which he can assume anytime he wishes is that of a huge wolf as tall as a two story house.
* ''ComicBook/TheMightyThor'' features Fenrir, the giant wolf from Myth/NorseMythology, as a member of Thor's RoguesGallery. This version is also a shapeshifter, powerful enough to take on [[ComicBook/DoctorStrange Dormammu]], and the progenitor of many wolf gods and spirits. The latter tidbit ends up making him [[spoiler: a "grandfather" of sorts to [[ComicBook/NewMutants Wolfsbane's]] son, who was fathered with Hrimhari, one of Fenrir's many kids.]] Personality wise, he's mean and aggressive, but also [[EvenEvilHasLovedOnes deeply protective of his children/descendants]] and isn't totally unreasonable. Still a major-league {{Jerkass}}, but he could be worse.


[[folder: Eastern European Animation ]]

* ''Animation/MaxipesFik'': Maxipes (dog=pes) Fík, the dog hero from Czech animated shorts for children. When a girl named Ája (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 Ája's father had to build a garage-like [[BiggerOnTheInside dog-house]] for Fík.


[[folder: Fan Works]]

* In ''[[Fanfic/GuardiansWizardsAndKungFuFighters Guardians, Wizards, and Kung-Fu Fighters]]'', after [[spoiler: Jade]] becomes a Shapeshifter, she can transform into a giant wolf.
* In ''Fanfic/TheNewAdventuresOfInvaderZim'', Zim's new ally [[OurVampiresAreDifferent Norlock]] has a pet wolf named Phil, who's described as being the size of a horse and built like a silverback gorilla.


[[folder: Film ]]

* King [[SpellMyNameWithAnS Cesar/Seesar/Shisha/Shiisa]] from the ''Franchise/{{Godzilla}}'' movies. Maybe.
* ''Digby, the Biggest Dog in the World''. The titular hound is a freakishly huge Old English Sheepdog who grew due to drinking liquid growth formula.
* Brutus the Great Dane from ''Film/TheUglyDachshund''.
* The wolves in ''Film/TheJungleBook2016''. They're at least twice the size of real grey wolves.
* Gmork from ''Film/TheNeverendingStory''.
* ''Film/ThorRagnarok'' has Fenris, a gender-swapped version of Fenrir (see Comics section). She's as tall as a building and wide enough to take up the entire Rainbow Bridge. During the finale, she ends up [[CoolVsAwesome having a brutal battle with the Hulk]].


[[folder: Literature ]]

* Pictured above: ''Literature/CliffordTheBigRedDog''. The girl over there is his owner, Emily Elizabeth. Note that Clifford was born the runt of the litter; we're told that his growing to that size was a direct result of [[ThePowerOfLove Emily Elizabeth's love]].
* ''Literature/HarryPotter'': Fluffy from ''Literature/HarryPotterAndThePhilosophersStone'' is a three-headed dog that is inspired by [[Myth/ClassicalMythology Cerberus]]. He is big enough to nearly fill a room.
* Orcs in ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'' occasionally ride Wargs, which are giant wolflike beasts.
* In ''Literature/BlackLegion'' Khayon's bond creature, [[OurDemonsAreDifferent daemon]] Gyre, takes a form of enormous Fenrisian she-wolf. Khayon notes, though, that she doesn't really act like a wolf.
* ''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 (literally; Harry is somewhere in the region of 6'8'' tall, and Mouse's shoulders come to his waist), ranging from calling him a "West Highlands Dogasaurus" to, "He's a mutt. Half mastiff, half woolly mammoth."
* The adults in ''WesternAnimation/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 Creator/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 ''Literature/MalazanBookOfTheFallen'' loves its huge canines:
** The T'lan Ay are huge prehistoric wolves. 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.
** The [[HellHound Hounds of Shadow]] and eventually the [[spoiler:Hounds of Light]] also count. They're said to be the size of ponies, and the former can travel between realms using [[CastingAShadow shadow magic]] as they are basically the pets of the King of High House Shadow. They are also thousands, if not hundreds of thousands years old.
** The Deragoth, or Hounds of Darkness, are supposed to be even bigger and to reseble bears in size. They may be even older than the Hounds of Shadow, old enough, in fact, to once have domesticated early humans as ''their'' pets.
** There is also Ryllandaras, a man/jackal [[VoluntaryShapeshifting shapeshifting]] [[{{Animorphism}} beast]] that towers over everyone around it.
* 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.
* Werewolves in ''Literature/MercyThompson'' ''always'' gain mass when they take wolf form. This means that a human woman who weights 110 lbs turns into a 180 lb wolf while a 180 lb man turns into a 250 lb wolf. The wolf forms of characters like Adam and Charles are described as being enormous.
* ''Literature/ThisImmortal'' has Bortan, Conrad's dog he once found as a puppy and raised, never imagining it would grow as big as a horse -- with plates at his sides and other mutations -- or live for as long as thirty years and counting. If not for natural causes (mutation through radiation), Bortan would qualify as a {{Hellhound}}, and Conrad even calls him one repeatedly.


[[folder: Live Action TV ]]

* ''Series/GameOfThrones'': The Stark direwolves, which are an unusually large and intelligent species of wolf.
* 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).


[[folder: Mythology ]]

* [[Myth/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.
* Myth/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.
** Sköll who is fated to consume Sól, aka the sun.
** Hati who is fated to consume Máni, 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.


[[folder: Tabletop Games ]]

* ''TabletopGame/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 [[Literature/SpaceWolf Space Wolves]] 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).
** The mammoth rider PrestigeClass in Pathfinder allows players to have a Huge (roughly elephant-sized) wolf if they want to, among other possible choices of massive animal companions.


[[folder: Video Games ]]

* In ''VideoGame/{{Undertale}}'': the [[MeaningfulName Greater Dog]] (who turns out to be a dog in PoweredArmor) and in addition the [[MeaningfulName Lesser Dog]] (an actual dog-man). [[spoiler: There is also the Endogeny Amalgamate, which is the largest of the dog type monsters by a considerable margin. It initially looks and acts terrifying, but in the end, it turns out to actually be a BigFriendlyDog.]]
* 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 game's lore features Goldrinn, the wolf god. A picture shows Goldrinn carrying a kodo, a lizard the size of an elephant, in his teeth as if it were the size of a rabbit.
* 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. In the DLC (which takes place centuries in the past), you can meet Sif as a puppy, and Sif is just a little larger than a full-grown wolf. ''VideoGame/DarkSoulsIII'' has the Giant Wolves of the Painted World, which lead packs of normal-sized wolves but are just as massive as Sif.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Bloodborne}}'' some of the enemies are this trope, with a massive, [[ManOnFire fiery]] Guardian of [[EldritchAbomination the Great Old Ones]] serving as one of the bosses of the Chalice Dungeons.
* 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.]]
* ''VideoGame/MonsterHunter'': The Zinogre a LightningBruiser who happens to be the only Fanged Wyvern in the series. He is a huge, fast and agile electric wolf.
* In the finale of ''VideoGame/TheWolfAmongUs'', it's revealed that Bigby's true form is [[spoiler:a wolf the size of a ''Triceratops'']].


[[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.


[[folder: Web Original ]]

* In {{Web Serial Novel}} {{Literature/Worm}}, one character, Bitch, has the ability to make dogs temporarily grow into giant, spiky monstrous forms. When she gets a wolf cub, it definitely fits this trope when transformed, particularly as it transforms better than the dogs do (it's less deformed by the transformation), possibly because wolves are just better.
* Parodied with WebAnimation/CyanideAndHappiness: S1E3's Clawford The Big Blue Cat - which is a huge pain in the ass and kills the owner's mother. WHO CARES?! SHE HAS A DECIMATING GOLIATH!
* In the [[{{Superhero}} superhero]] [[{{WebSerialNovel}} web serial novel]] ''[[{{Literature/GamerGirl2016}} Gamer Girl]]'', the first enemy encountered by superhero partners Gamer Girl and Fangirl is the Canine, an SUV-sized, pariah dog-like monster coated in fangs.


[[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 Disney/TheGreatMouseDetective qualifies. He's an ordianry pup, but all the other characters are mice.
* The titular Big Paw from ''WesternAnimation/PoundPuppiesAndTheLegendOfBigPaw'' is a giant ''puppy''.
* Dinah from the ''MyLittlePony'' episode "Pony Puppy" is in Clifford's size league.
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' has Cerberus, a bulldog the size of your average house. The [[{{Planimal}} Timber Wolves]] can also combine into one massive wolf in the same size range as Cerberus, and Orthros, (yes, [[Myth/ClassicalMythology that one too]]) while not as massive, is still substantially bigger than most ponies.
* Commodore Puddles (Drakken's toy poodle [[MakeMyMonsterGrow who became giant via a growth ray]]) from the ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'' episode "Rufus vs Commodore Puddles".
* In {{Steampunk}} cartoon ''WesternAnimation/MrHublot'', a cute little mechanical puppy grows (somehow) into an enormous mechanical dog that is several times larger than its owner.


[[folder: Real Life]]

* The [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Canis_Major constellation of the same name]]. It is the TropeNamer.
* Subverted by real dire wolves. Despite fiction commonly portraying it as being nearly the size of a horse, they were actually no taller or longer than modern grey wolves (though they were more heavily built) and actually smaller than some of the largest breeds of domestic dog.