It is no wonder Dogs are the most popular pet in the world (shhh, don’t tell the Cats).
Human and Canine history is tied together, beginning with our tribal roots. Wolves used to follow humans as they moved from space to space, cleaning up food remnants. Some of the Wolves began trusting their humans and bonds formed. We have the Gray Wolf to thank for nearly 400 distinct breeds today, each with honed attributes.
In this treasure trove of in-depth descriptions of Dogs as Spirit, Totem, and Power Animals you’ll discover an overview of Dog symbolism and meaning. From there you’ll explore 35 breed-specific pups with some big surprises along the way!
Of course, domestication didn’t just “happen.” Various populations of dogs and wolves had dalliances over time. After a while, the gentler creator became companions or guard Dogs, some herded sheep, etc. Ancient renderings of dogs show them defending burial or treasure chambers or taking to the hunt with their human counterparts.
No matter the setting, Canines evidenced instincts and highly developed senses that were unmistakable, and Dog Spirit embodies those aptitudes. Purebred or Mutt, it teaches awareness and to trust your gut more.
Dog/Canine Archetypes: Guardian, Faithful Cohort, and Fearless Hunter
In studying folklore and myths, three predominant Dog Archetypes appear repeatedly. The Guardian aspect makes sense. When a Pooch wishes to protect something, especially something to which they’re connected, they will. So you end up with stories of larger-than-life Dogs safeguarding the entry to the underworld.
An example of the faithful companion appears in Homer’s Odyssey, in Argos. As the devoted, intelligent companion to Odysseus, he could even recognize his master in disguise. There is little that can fool Dog Spirit. It illustrates sniffing out deceit in short order. Dog Spirit is a true seer with psychic vision aiding the pursuit of authenticity.
Then there’s King Arthur’s pup, Cavall. Cavell’s hunting talents were known throughout the land. With the King at his side, little would deter him.
Dog Spirit Animal Characteristics
Besides the archetypes, Dog Spirit has many other energetic imprints to consider in your studies of the breeds. In the West, the traits of unconditional love, protection, loyalty, fidelity, and devotion come forward in terms of recurring symbolism and meaning.
Today, the variety of Dogs means each breed has a purpose, a niche in society. This makes each breed’s symbolism unique.
All Dogs have their own personality and quirks. Nonetheless, there are underlying commonalities in each breed. So, in working with the Spiritual representative of a breed, you have specific powers, energies, and magical attributes. Each Dog Spirit may act as a guide, teacher, healer, or mindful friend. You can call on each for aid in different situations based on the area of need. The exploration is remarkable and revealing, with every paw print along the way.
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