The world loves Pokémon, and the world loves dogs, so we all love dog Pokémon, right? Every Poké-dog is amazing in its own right, so we’re just listing some fantastic fidos and the best beasts falling under the dog umbrella that you can put on your team. They’re not all viable in proper battles, but who cares? They’re adorable.
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Introduced in Pokémon Sword and Shield, the corgi Pokémon Yamper is an adorable little fella that is also an electric type. With its stumpy little legs, pricked-up ers, and lightning-bolt tail, there’s no denying that we have a lot to thank the designers at Game Freak for with this little loveable pup.
Yamper evolves into Boltund, who is based on a greyhound, but we just love his original form so much. It’s got that classic corgi cushion, and it’s a great little friend to find early on in the region of Galar.
We want justice for Snubbull. This pink little fairy-type is an ugly Pokémon and that’s exactly why I love it. It’s meant to look like a bulldog, and just like them, we adore them for all their flaws and think they’re much cuter than they might come across at first.
Possibly more of a wolf than a dog, Lycanroc is based on a werewolf, and with its two different forms, it sports two great different styles and rocks them both. While its pre-evolution Rockruff is also adorable, Lycanroc is one of those rare appearances where the evolution of a Pokémon is somehow even cuter than the original.
You can find Lycanroc in Pokémon Sun & Moon, with the forms of Lycanroc reflecting the dichotomy of night and day between the two games. It’s been a common fixture since, too, appearing in almost all the main series games since its introduction. There’s a seriously good boy.
We’ve only had Fidough for a couple of generations, but this yeasty boy has already risen (sorry) up the ranks and is being held highly among the Pokémon community as one of the best dog Pokémon. Evolving into the similarly adorable Dachsbun, this pair of pups pack quite a punch with some potent fairy attacks.
As much as we love Fidough, we have to address the elephant in the room. It would seem that Fidough is edible, considering it’s made of dough. Of course, if you’re so inclined, you could make the argument that all Pokemon are edible. However, none look quite as tasty as this little pastry pooch.
The illusion Pokémon, Zorua, and its evolution Zoroark, have the very rare ability to copy the appearance of another Pokémon in your party, potentially goading your opponent into performing a move that won’t be very effective against the elusive dark-type.
Back in Pokémon Gold & Silver, the addition of the dark type was a big deal, and the team over at Game Freak really went heavy-handed with the dark theme. Based on the hounds of hell, Houndour and its evolution Houndoom look as if they were plucked from the seven circles of hell, but cute.
A joint dark and fire-type, it’s hard to believe this cute pup can somehow grow into the metal monstrosity that is mega Houndoom, with its extended horns and truly imposing look. I love it, but I’m not sure if I would hug one.
Sometimes it’s hard to mess with the original. Growlithe is beloved for a reason, it is one of the first generation Pokémon that absolutely nailed the design the first time round. It became beloved in the anime because of its energetic attitude, and its evolution Arcanine is still a majestic mutt that exemplifies the very best of what Pokémon’s evolution system has to offer.
Taking a good design and building on it to make something even better, these two good boys are still some of the best dog Pokémon ever made. They even got amazing new Hisuian forms in Pokémon Legends: Arceus that add the rock-type to the fire of the originals and build on the influence of Chinese culture to create another great version of these classics.
Alright, no arguments, please. This is our list of some of the very best dog Pokémon, but please do not think we’ve forgotten about other beloved pups. They’re all beautiful in the eyes of Arceus, and we might come back one day and add even more mutts to the mix. If you want to learn about Fidough and the other great gen nine mons, be sure to check out our guide to the Pokémon Scarlet and Violet new Pokémon.