- Black Shuck
Rumoured to roam the countryside of East Anglia, the Black Shuck is one of many mythical dogs witnessed in the British Isles. This ghostly black dog is usually an omen of death and is frequently described as having large red eyes and shaggy black fur. The name is derived from Old English and is often referred to as a ‘demon’ dog. Take a trip to the north and you could run in to this terrifying hound.
A legend of Armenia mythology, the winged dog-like creatures known as Aralez were known for reviving wounded soldiers with just a lick of their wounds. The ancient race of dogs are believed to live in mountains hence why their wings come to use. They were once worshipped as Gods and came down from the peaks in times of war. However, since the rise of religions, the belief in mystical dogs from the Heavens have faded.
The sacred Anubis is depicted as a canine in the ancient Egyptian religion and is the protector of graves, ushering on souls into the afterlife. Anubis is one of the most iconic dogs in popular culture and priests wore his mask during mummification processes. He was originally the god of the underworld but has since developed into a symbol which represents all that ancient Egyptians once stood for.
In Greek mythology, the ‘hound of Hades’ also known as Cerebrus was a many-headed dog which guarded the gates of the underworld. This vicious canine was once known solely for being captured as one of Hercules 12 labours. Cerberus has since appeared in many films in recent times and was used as inspiration for a vicious hound in JK Rowling’s hugely popular Harry Potter book series.
Our number one choice is interesting because this one borders on being a myth. Recent sightings of the legendary Chupacabra, literally translated as “goat-sucker” have captivated people from all over the world. Descriptions of the urban legend have varied with many eye-witnesses agreeing that the legendary creature is reptillian-like dog. The Chupacabra is said to drain animals blood and is said to have been caught on camera a number of times. And who knows? You may run in to the Chupacabra yourself.