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Dogs are mentioned fairly often in the How to Train Your Dragon Book series.

Description

Dogs (Canis lupus familiaris or Canis familiaris) belong in the Family Canidae and are closely related to Wolves and Coyotes. They have been domesticated by humans for many millennia, and have evolved with human intervention into a huge range of physical and behavior characteristics, forming a large number of different breeds. Some dog breeds mentioned in the Book series include: the West Highland White Terrier or "Westie", Rottweilers, and Labrador Retrievers.

Function

Dogs perform many functions for humans, ranging as a source of meat to hunting for humans. They can also be pack animals, transportation, pets, therapy dogs, and many other roles for humans.

In the Book series, dogs are most often referred to as descriptors for the behavior and appearance of dragons.

Appearances

How to Train Your Dragon

As Gobber defended the Viking Novices in their escape up Madman's Gully from the awaken dragons of the Dragon Nursery, the chasing dragons "yelped like dogs".

Dogs are also mentioned as a size comparison for dragons.

Most dragons that the Vikings used for hunting purposes were about the size of a Labrador retriever. The adolescent dragons the boys were collecting weren't quite that big, but they were nearly full grown. This dragon [Toothless] was more comparable to a West Highland Terrier.
  How to Train Your Dragon  


Later on again, dragons are compared to dogs, this time about their behavior and dangerousness.

However, a dragon is not a fluffy creature like a dog or a cat or a pony.
  Hiccup  


Killer the Monstrous Nightmare is compared to a Rottweiler:

It was looking at Fireworm like a Rottweiler thinking evil thoughts.
  How to Train Your Dragon  


How to Be a Pirate

Dogs are mentioned in Book 2 when describing the Skullion dragons the Hooligans encounter on the Isle of the Skullions.

The noise of animals like big dogs or lions padding behind him, bounding through the heather
  — Book 2  
The Skullions chased after them as they flew, leaping up to bite at Hiccup like dogs after a tidbit.
  — Book 2  


How to Twist a Dragon's Tale

Once again Fireworm is described as a "flame-red Rottweiler". Rottweilers are a large bulky dog breed often used as guard and police dogs.

Toothless is also compared again to a dog breed to illustrate his diminutive size - "about the size of a naughty dachshund, or a Jack Russell terrier".

References

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