Growlithe is a Fire type Pokemon introduced in Generation I. It evolves into Arcanine when exposed to a Fire Stone. Take a look below for 26 awesome and fascinating facts about Growlithe.
1. Growlithe is a quadruped, canine Pokemon.
2. It has orange fur with black stripes along its back and legs.
3. The fur on its muzzle, chest, belly, and tail is beige, as well as an additional tuft of fur on top of its head.
4. Growlithe’s coat is noticeably longer on its chest and tail.
5. It has gray eyes, a black nose, and large, round ears with beige interiors.
6. Its forepaws have two visible claws, while its hind paws have three toes each. Each paw has a brown pad.
7. Growlithe is a friendly and loyal Pokémon that will fearlessly defend its Trainer and territory from harm, even against larger, stronger enemies.
8. In particular, it has been known to fight with Rockruff over territory.
9. It will fiercely bark at, bite, and chase away any perceived threat. Otherwise, this obedient Pokémon will wait motionlessly until given an order.
10. It has a long history with people, as its bones have been found in Stone Age ruins.
11. In the wild, Growlithe can be commonly found in grassy plains.
12. Growlithe also has a powerful olfactory sense.
13. If it detects an unknown smell in its territory, it roars to flush out the intruder.
14. It is able to smell the emotions of others, and never forgets a scent. However, strong, unpleasant smells can disable its sense of smell for short periods, as seen in the anime.
15. The beta Pokémon names in Red and Blue listed Growlithe as Flamie.
16. Growlithe can be seen as a parallel to Vulpix. Both are Generation I Pokémon that evolve once via a Fire Stone. Growlithe is exclusive to Pokémon Red, Blue (Japan), Gold, FireRed, and HeartGold while Vulpix is to Green, Blue, Silver, LeafGreen, and SoulSilver. Growlithe has a 75% chance of being male while Vulpix has a 75% of being female, they are both in the Field Egg Group, can have the Ability Flash Fire, and are yellow when Shiny from Generation III on. Furthermore, both are based primarily on canine-like creatures of Japanese folklore: Growlithe on the shisa, Vulpix on the kitsune.
17. Growlithe shares its category with Lillipup, Rockruff, and Yamper. They are all known as the Puppy Pokémon.
18. Growlithe and its evolutionary relative are the only Pokémon with a male-female ratio of 3:1 that aren’t in the Human-Like Egg Group.
19. Growlithe is most likely based on Japanese dog statues called shisa.
20. They may also originate from Chinese shī or Japanese komainu, which are guardian statues that resemble lions, with traits of tigers and dogs.
21. They are incorrectly called “Foo dogs” in the West. Both shisa and shī statues alike are often found in pairs, believed to invite good luck, and used as guardians, which may have inspired Growlithe’s protective nature.
22. Growlithe may be a combination of growl and lithe.
23. James had a pet Growlithe nicknamed Growlie, which he owned as a child. However, he left it behind when he ran away from home. Despite this, it remains loyal to James.
24. Growlithe and its evolved form have been frequently used as police dogs by Officer Jenny prior to the Best Wishes series. A Growlithe also appeared in The Power of Us, which is set in a timeline different from the main series; it was under the ownership of the Officer Jenny of Fula City.
25. A Growlithe appeared in The Flame Pokémon-athon!, under the ownership of Lara Laramie. It battled Ash while defending a Tauros from a ranch that he mistakenly tried to catch.
26. A Growlithe appeared in Saved by the Beldum, under the ownership of Morrison. He used it in his battle against Gavin, where it was defeated by Marowak. During his battle against Ash, Morrison’s reluctance to fight his friend led Growlithe to be defeated by Corphish.