!!Tropes used in the animated adaptation:

* AdaptationDisplacement: The show seems to receive more recognition and attention than its [[GingaNagareboshiGin predecessor]], mainly for the "old school" animation the latter has which may be seen as an acquired taste these days (which is ironic when the motions and looks of the dogs in GNG are usually better animated than GDW). That, or they simply don't know of it.
* AlternativeCharacterInterpretation: A good lot of this over Weed. Is he a naive, yet still effective leader whose morals are ''needed'' in the kind of world he lives in, or is he really just a textbook example of GoodIsDumb who wouldn't have lasted five minutes had he faced Akakabuto with the same kind of mindset?
* AngstWhatAngst: Weed spends about a minute mourning his mother's death before getting super excited about going on a journey to find his father.
* {{Anvilicious}}: Oh boy... don't get started on Weed and his morals...
* AssPull: Some find Hougen's [[spoiler:death by lightning]] to be this.
* BaseBreaker: Good ''Lord'', '''Weed'''. There are those who see him as a na´ve brat who [[EasilyForgiven forgives his enemies way too easily]] and mostly rides on his father's coattails, and then there are those who think that he actually has a point with his morals and is, overall, a fine character even if[[spoiler: he didn't happen to be the son of Japan's most famous dog.]] In short, one should be ''very'' careful when voicing their opinion over him.
* CompleteMonster: Hougen is possibly the most evil and malicious dog ever portrayed in any media or at least a strong contender for the place. He introduces himself to the legendary heroes of Ohu by taking a shit and telling them that if they eat it, he'll let them go. He then paralyzes the heroes by threatening to kill a young female, Reika, if they dare to fight back. He has the heroes beaten almost to death as a result. Hougen frequently laughs at pain and desperate acts of heroism and defiles the corpses of those he's defeated; in one snowy scene, he sits on a recently dead dog to keep warm and jeers at the fallen's companion that he'll sit on him next when he dies. Hougen is not above [[WeHaveReserves using his lackeys as expendable shields]], sending dozens of them to their deaths against opponents whom he can beat himself. When he has temper tantrums, he brutally kills whoever happens to be standing around. Hougen is also a serial rapist, who demands his underlings to round up females for him. He forces [[JerkAss Nero]] (then-pack leader of one of the main characters, LovableCoward GB, and a minor villain) to kill the abandoned puppies right in front of GB (GB was about to look after them but brought them at the wrong time) just to prove that the puppies weren't Nero's - and that Nero, therefore, isn't hiding a female from him. This, by the way, doesn't save Nero's hide in the end. Later (chronologically) Nero encountered the leaders of Ohu and [[DirtyCoward is swiftly cowed into submission by them]] trying to justify his cowardice to Hougen by saying that they threatened to bite off his legs and piss on his face. Hougen immediately makes an example out of him by doing ''exactly that''. Even finding out that Hougen and his brother [[HumansAreTheRealMonsters were trapped by their human owner]] for so long that they had to resort to cannibalizing the dogs trapped with them does nothing to evoke sympathy for his cruelty. The only smidgen of honor Hougen shows throughout the whole series involves a pact he and his brother made, that if Genba dies, he wanted it to be by Hougen's fangs. When Genba suffers a head wound that drives him psychotic, Hougen kills him. Then promptly turns on the dogs who were with his brother, tears out their throats and hurls them from the top of Gajou.
* DamselScrappy: Many fans dislike Reika for her role of "Just There" in the anime/manga and getting kidnapped.
** However, Reika does have some redeeming qualities and manages to get some slack from the fans because of that. The same cannot, however, be said about Koyuki, Weed's mate who only appears in the manga and seems to serve no other purpose than to give birth to Weed's puppies. Unlike Reika, Koyuki ''is'' pretty universally hated by the fandom.
* DesignatedProtagonistSyndrome: Weed is made the leader solely for the fact that he's Gin's son.
* FridgeHorror: Bat has these weird-looking marks on his eyes that looks suspiciously like scars. His blindness could be [[EyeScream not genetic.]]
* FridgeLogic:
** Early on, the dogs make a deal out of how they'll be recruiting young dogs for a new generation of Ohu soldiers, because the previous ones have gotten old (or are captured). However, Ken and Tesshin were puppies back in GNG, meaning they're at least 10 years old, no more than two years or so younger than Gin, which is basically the equivalent of an old man in dog years. Kagetora as well is shown to be best friends with Ken and having known him for a long time (more clearly pointed out in the manga), implying they're roughly the same age.
* GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff: Much like its [[GingaNagareboshiGin predecessor]], the serie recieved more attention in Scandinavia and Finland than any other place.
* HilariousInHindsight: When the dogs first meet Hougen, he takes a dump and tells them he will let him go if they eat it. They get offended and disgusted, as you would expect, until you realize dogs in real life will readily eat poop.
* HoYay: There are ''lots'' of unsettling fanart of [[MentorShip Weed x Jerome]]
* MoralEventHorizon: Hougen crosses it ''immediately after he is introduced'' by killing Nero (in a ''very'' horrible way in the manga) and never looks back.
* {{Narm}}:
** ''Many'' fans have made fun of Weed's name.
** Howling dogs in the sad scenes, such as [[spoiler: John's death]], sound more like humans screaming or coyotes barking instead of the true dog howls. It seems that the animators, writers and voice actors of the anime [[TheyJustDidntCare just didn't care]].
** Likewise, the strange trumpet melody playing during [[spoiler:John's last moments]] feels a bit unfitting, more like it's a melody ''trying'' really bad to sound sad, and failing.
** Hōgen's [[spoiler:death by lightning]].
--> '''HAHAHAAHAHAHAHAA-*CRACK*'''
** Second episode. [[SayMyName "BLUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUE!"]] That is all.
** Just one of many moments ruined by terrible animation: [[spoiler: Tokimune's]] death at Kaibutsu's jaws. No, not the actual death - a shot of Weed [[spoiler: screaming "Father!" ]]''looks like he's having a friendly conversation''.
* NarmCharm: Despite having ridiculous amounts of Narm, some people still find the anime watchable, even enjoyable.
** It depends what episode you're watching, really. There ''are'' a few well animated ones.
* NightmareFuel - Bat, the BlindSeer of Hougen's pack, is pretty damn creepy.
** When [[spoiler: Weed [[NotQuiteDead momentarily]] dies.]] You see a couple shots of him, and he's quite bloodied, especially on his head. His eyes are wide open, his pupils are dialated, and his tounge is lolling out of his mouth.
** Genba's insanity. Just ''watch'' him jump around spastically and attack his own dogs in a crazed frenzy and say that it doesn't give you chills.
** Also Aramu, the German Shepherd with some flesh missing from his muzzle, creeped out some of the manga's readers.
** The NotQuiteDead Sniper's [[BodyHorror deformed]] appearance in the manga.
** John's torture [[spoiler:to death]]
* ReplacementScrappy: Jerome's helpers were hated by most fans for replacing the manga characters who were cut out from the anime. Though Ryo did have fans for being an ActionGirl (which is rare in this series).
* {{Squick}}:
** [[NauseaFuel Hiro the ball-snatcher.]]
** In the manga, Hougen ripped the [[spoiler: heavily-wounded John's]] gut out from his stomach, slowly killing him. This scene was cut out from the anime.
** Hougen is ''made'' of {{Squick}} in the manga. His introductory scene is a magnificent ball of {{Squick}}, MoralEventHorizon and EstablishingCharacterMoment ''all in one'', combined with a helping of BadBoss and UrineTrouble: he shows his disappointment in [[spoiler: Nero]] by having some of his henchdogs rip off his front paws, then proceeds to ''pee on his face'' as he dies. ''Yeesh.''
* SubbingVersusDubbing: Some people seem to think the series needs an English dub.
* TheWoobie: Hook.
* TheyChangedItNowItSucks: A lot of the fans who have watched ''GingaNagareboshiGin'' or have read the manga were seriously unhappy about the changes in the anime. And not everything can be blamed on PragmaticAdaptation.
** One of the most hated changes would be Gin's original silver fur and brown eyes being changed to blue fur and blue eyes just so he would match Weed.
* TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodPlot: When John [[spoiler:is being tortured to death,]] the focus for some reason shifts to ''Hiro'' worrying about him, who'd barely known him for a few hours, instead of what would appear the logical choice and have the focus shift to ''Gin's'' worry, because hey, aren't he and John the ones who've been best friends and companions for more than ''10 years?''
* WhatDoYouMeanItsNotForKids: From the outside it looks like a cute dog story but on the inside it is more like a brutal samurai tale containing bucketloads of blood and ruthless violence.

!!Tropes used in the Manga:
* CreatorsPet: Weed and Sasuke under Yoshihiro Takahashi.
** GB and Jerome to a certain extent.
* EndingFatigue: One of the major complaints among the fans who read the manga especially for the later arcs.
* EnsembleDarkhorse: George is one of the favourite characters among the manga readers. He isn't in the anime. This is just another thing that made the fans unhappy.
** Tesshin is also an example of this. [[spoiler:Apparently he's very popular with Japanese readers.]]
** Yukimura, Weed's oldest brother, quickly gained a popularity outdoing Weed's for being more mature, badass, and having red fur and scars reminiscent of Riki.
* TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodCharacter: Again, many fans felt Yukimura was a stronger, more badass character than Weed, [[spoiler:but he dies at the end of the monkey arc from the wounds he suffered disposing of the BigBad.]]
* UnfortunateImplications: Near the end of the manga, many fans were unhappy at the idea of [[spoiler:Weed and Koyuki mating and having puppies]]. Even though they are dogs, it has an unpleasant parallel to the implications of teenage pregnancy as both [[spoiler:Weed and Koyuki]] are too young to become parents.
* WhatDoYouMeanItsNotForKids: The manga is even more violent than the anime, off with heads, paws, limbs and [[spoiler:testicles]]!