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-Arcanine- by arvalis -Arcanine- by arvalis

Commission for ~pychopat2

I never saw Arcanine as very dog like, always looked like a tiger lion thing to me. As it turns out it's based on shisa and fuu dogs. My Arcanine is one part lion, one part tiger, with a sprinkle of bear, and a dash of dog. Now, onto the flavor text:

Arcanine is the mightiest of all fire types. There are tales of great fire dragons and giant birds lit aflame, but Arcanine is the most powerful confirmed to exist. They have garnered their nickname as the "Legendary Pokemon" as they are extremely rare in the wild and have only recently have specimens been evolved in captivity. The the key to the the development of an Arcanine is that the juvenile state, Growlithe, needs to ingest volcanic soil. In the wild Growlithes will unknowingly consume volcanic soil through ingesting gastroliths from the stomachs of Torkoals. No one is quite sure why a Growlithe will under take an extreme growth after this, though it has been theorized that it is a defensive response to other large Pokemon in the area. In captivity one need simply grind up 1/4 cup of volcanic gastroliths(fire stones) into powder and mix it into the Growlithe's diet. Arcanine and their kin are exceptionally fierce, but playful Pokemon. Young Growlithes are often seen taunting other Pokemon, even ones much larger than themselves. Turtwigs are notoriously sensitive and the playful jaunts of a young Growlithe will make them stupid baby cry.

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Saso-Danna101 1 day ago  Student Digital Artist
Awww, this one is actually really cute (you get that Turtwig Growlith)
Little disappointed. I prefer the dog version, even the name hints arCANINE. The cat version doesn't sit well with being obedient and skilled enough to be in a police force like in the show.
Sushirolled 4 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
There's no hope for that Turtwig. xD
You know, I really don't understand why people are raging that it's not the way it's "supposed to be". Honestly I think that you managed to nail the "mixed" anatomy of this Pokemon very well. Especially apparent with Growlithe who manages to look suitably like a pup while still looking like something that could feasibly grow into your version of Arcanine. I'm sure there'll be lots of opinions here including those insisting on this "having to be" a dog, but personally I'm completely in love with this version. I just found your gallery today and I find your designs very fascinating. Keep up the great work!
DBOY0009 4 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
That is awesome! :P
Luciux 5 days ago  Student Traditional Artist

Astonishing work
beautiful paint, Love it <3
dragonwolf1775 Apr 8, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is good, but arcanine is a dog... not cat... still good though
captainstigen 4 days ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's both actually. Arcanine was based on the Koimanu, a creature from Japanese mythology that's commonly referred to as being half lion and half dog. 
But I would lean toward it being 5/8th dog and 3/8ths lion, because its name is derived from Arcane and Canine. 
I disagree.  Arcanine is arcane+feline.
Actually, it's arcane+canine. I agree there's some lion and tiger elements to Arcanine, but its base is supposed to be dog.
Moreso, Growlithe is definitely a dog (it's classified as a Puppy Pokemon), and I can't think of any Pokemon that change RL species upon evolution.
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