Not every great anime character is human - just look at these wonderful dogs. These canine characters add depth to their worlds and show the animal-loving (or hating) side of their human companions. Along with being great foils for the characters, they're just plain cute.
The best anime dogs come in many varieties. They can be house pets with big personalities and deep bonds with their owners, like Makkachin from Yuri!!! on ICE. Or perhaps they have a mind of their own, like Pakkun from Naruto.
Whether you prefer them on the realistic or fantastical side, you can't deny anime is chock-full of amazing canines.
Though adorable, Akamaru is also a skilled ninja. He and Kiba Inuzuka partner up for missions regularly, destroying their opponents with combo moves like Passing Fang. Whether as a powerful ally or someone in need of a belly rub, Akamaru is a great dog to have around.
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Black Hayate - 'Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood'
Riza Hawkeye sometimes comes across as an emotionless soldier, but she's more than just her job. Riza's beloved pet Black Hayate shows viewers her softer side. She absolutely dotes on the dog, and he's just as affectionate toward her.
Black Hayate is also highly skilled at sensing the presence of Homunculi, which proves quite useful over the course of the series.
Ruth - 'The Ancient Magus' Bride'
Ruth might look ferocious, but he's actually one of the most loyal dogs you could ever hope to meet. The familiar of Chise Hatori, Ruth will do anything to protect her companion - even from her own ill-informed decisions. He can also assume a human form when necessary, as not everyone understands the whole talking dog thing.
Pakkun - 'Naruto'
Pakkun is a ninken, a ninja dog who Kakashi Hatake often summons to assist him during missions. He can do anything a human can, including speak, reason, and even bathe himself using body wash and shampoo. While he doesn't fight due to his small size, his keen sense of smell is an indispensable asset when it comes to tracking down enemies.