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Canis Major
Aww, look at the cute, lit... cute gigantic doggie!

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

A Sub-Trope of Animals Not to Scale.

A Sister Trope to Mega Neko, Rodents of Unusual Size.

Compare Big Friendly Dog, Precious Puppies, Hellhound, and Cute Giant.

Examples

Anime and Manga
  • Gintama; Kagura's big dog Sadaharu.
  • Fenrir's real form in Mythical Detective Loki Ragnarok; see below under Norse Mythology.
  • 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, Garurumon, should also count.
    • There's the shiba-inu dog, Gaogamon, in Digimon Data Squad.
    • Seasarmon, the lion-dog digimon, and Caturamon the Dog-deva digimon.
    • Cerberumon.
  • Spice and Wolf: Holo is a harvest diety whose true form is a very, VERY large wolf.
  • One Piece 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.
  • Naruto:
    • Akamaru grows quite huge after the Shippuden timeskip. And don't even think about 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.
  • Bleach: Captain Komamura is the largest captain and a wolf.
  • In InuYasha, Sesshomaru, his father and his mother all have true forms that are this. In parts of the manga not yet officially published in English, there is a giant mountain dog and a giant fox kami
  • Moro from Princess Mononoke. Her (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 Monster of the Week in Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha. Unlike the later Mega Neko, this erred more towards the monstrous-looking side.
  • Kotarou's full beast form in Mahou Sensei Negima!. The series also had a Cerberus, complete with the 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 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 Black Butler, which can turn into a white haired human but keeps a dog mind. And can breath fire.
  • Kaibutsu from Ginga Densetsu Weed. According to the Ginga wikia, he weighs at around 1200 pounds.
  • In Natsume Yuunchijou, Nyanko-sensei's true form is a giant inugami.
  • In Animal Land, wolves like Jeek's father and other canines are huge.
  • Belle from Belle and Sebastian.
  • 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.

Comics
  • John Constantine of Hellblazer once had to put down a ghost-possessed bulldog the size of a rhino.
  • Lockjaw from The Inhumans, 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 the Thing.

Eastern European Animation
  • Maxipes Fik: 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 dog-house for Fík.

Film

Literature
  • Pictured above: Clifford the Big Red Dog. The girl over there is his owner, Emily Elizabeth.
  • Harry Potter
  • Orcs in The Lord of the Rings occasionally ride Wargs, which are giant wolflike beasts.
  • The Silmarillion by J. R. R. Tolkien has Huan, the huge intelligent dog (good), and Carcharoth, the huge (were)wolf (evil).
  • The Dresden Files 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 Spot the Dog'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 direwolves in A Song of Ice and Fire are the size of a pony.
  • Conrad's dog Bortan in Roger Zelazny'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 Malazan Book of the Fallen—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 Operation Chaos by Poul Anderson, the werewolf hero can be a 180-pound man or a 180-pound wolf.
  • The feral dogs in Locksmith's Closet. Some of them are three feet tall at the shoulder and weigh about 200 pounds. Others are bigger than that.
  • The lack of Shapeshifter Baggage for Lycanthropes in the Kitty Norville books mean that werewolves range from 100-pound "That's a big one." to 250-pound "AAAAAHHHHHH!!!!!!" wolves when they shift.
  • In The General 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.

Live-Action TV

Mythology
  • 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.
  • Norse Mythology
    • 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 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.

Tabletop Games

Video Games
  • Giant wolves in the Castlevania games.
  • The Mystic Beasts in the Disgaea series are large horned canids, and seemingly a popular form of transportation, judging from some scenes in Disgaea 4. In the same game, they can become even bigger in battle if another monster merges with them.
  • Orcs in Warcraft games ride large wolves too.
  • The Pokémon Arcanine, which is big enough to ride around on.
  • The mutated dog-boss in Fur Fighters. An unusual boss as it saw two mutated spouses instead of one. The other rode around on-top of the beast.
  • In Dark Souls there's the Great Grey Wolf Sif. A giant wolf that wields a giant sword.
  • Old Red in Professor Layton and the Azran Legacy is, as his name indicates, a huge old red-furred wolf. He's so threatening-looking that he constantly scares the town of Torrido. Which is actually completely unintended, as he merely has the Face of a Thug: he just wants to see his old friend again.

Webcomics
  • Wally the werewolf in Zebra Girl is much larger in canine form than an ordinary wolf.
  • The Sarghress from Drowtales breed extra large riding wolves.
  • In The Order of the Stick, Hinjo's mount Argent is a rather oversized dog/wolf. Also subverted when Belkar gets a riding dog.
  • In Gunnerkrigg Court, Reynardine's true form is that of a large fox, and Ysengrin is an even larger wolf. But it is Coyote himself who can become truly massive, towering over even Ysengrim.
  • Mitzi from Rhapsodies.
  • Questionable Content 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 couple times.
  • Giant dogs serve as draft animals and guard dogs in Unsounded
  • Battlepug, follows the life of a barbarian and his oversized dog, many other oversized creatures also appear.
  • All Night Laundry has one. At the beginning he's big, but not impossibly big. He's been bigger in each of his appearances since due to damage to Bina's Timeline.
  • Cry Havoc 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.
  • Black Fang is a creatively-named wolf puppy who can grow bigger at his own will in Quest of Camelittle.

Web Original

  • In Web Serial Novel 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.

Western Animation

Real Life
Canine CompanionThis Index BarksCunning Like a Fox
Canis LatinicusTrope Names from Other LanguagesDeus ex Machina
Big Friendly DogBigger Is BetterCute Giant
Clifford the Big Red DogImageSource/LiteratureCute Giant

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