• Like humans, characters in the anime world share a special bond with dogs
  • Several anime series have major dog characters
  • Many anime dogs are genetically modified in labs like Ein from "Cowboy Bebop"

Be it real life or anime life, a dog is the best friend one can have, and to commemorate this unconditional love, International Dog Day is celebrated on Aug. 26.

Apart from taking your dog out for a day filled with fun activities, you can introduce your furry companion to some of the greatest anime dogs.

Here is a list of the best anime dogs of all time.

  • Akamaru from "Naruto Shippuden" – A nin-dog from the Inuzaka clan, Akamaru, is an adorable canine and Kiba Inuzuka's best friend and partner. This devoted fluffball is also part of Team Kurenai. He is known to protect Kiba in battles.
  • Pakkun from "Naruto Shippuden" – Another one from the Naruto universe, Pakkun, may appear small but has a deep voice and actively wants to be part of any fight. He doesn't want to appear weak in front of other ninken. Pakkun is Kakashi's companion and is quite protective when it comes to Kakashi and his friends.
  • Ein from "Cowboy Bebop" – A Pembroke Welsh Corgi, Ein, is a data dog and a cute mascot of Cowboy Bebop anime. As a data dog, he is incredibly intelligent and part of the Bebop gang.
  • Black Hayate from "Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood" – Black Hayate is Riza Hawkeye's cute Shiba Inu puppy. After Riza adopted Hayate, the puppy became quite disciplined under her care. She adores Hayate and he too loves her. Apart from being cute, Hayate is also quite skilled with a great ability to sense danger.
  • Makkachin from "Yuri on Ice" – He is a poodle and Victor Nikiforov's companion in the series. Makkachin is a well-trained dog and can wait for Victor without getting anxious.
  • Sadaharu from "Gintama" – Sadaharu is a pet of the Yorozuya and their mascot as well. He is under Kagura's care. Originally, he was an Inugami or Dog God of destruction and was looked after by Princesses Mone and Ane. Later, due to circumstances beyond the princesses' control, Sadaharu was left in the Yorozuya's custody.
  • Guts from "Kill La Kill" – He is known for his eating habit and is named Guts because he eats with a lot of gusto. Guts is a pug who can stand on his two hind legs.

Dog and anime lovers can watch these shows on various streaming platforms like Crunchyroll, Funimation, Netflix, and Hidive.

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