Hello my friends! How have you all been?
Today I want to talk a bit about Dogmen for a change… 😛
The reason is that the more you study this subject the harder it becomes to call them Dogmen at all, for reasons I will soon mention. Still, do I have a better term?
No, not really. Even the old name werewolf doesn’t quite fit. I’ll soon tell you why.
I can feel this is going to be a long post…
The term Dogman comes from Michigan. It was the name early observers gave it in an effort to make it fit somewhere, somehow.
I’m sure at the time this was the best way this beast of a creature could be defined, but now it’s been several decades since this being was brought forth into the mainstream mindset via Linda Godfrey’s books, and it might be time to re-think the name.
First of all, not all Dogmen are created equal, however they must be equal enough to belong to the same species.
The canine type Dogman, the classic werewolf-looking one is the one I consider to be a Dogman, but there are more things between heaven and earth and I think some of them are mistakenly placed in the Dogman box. (A very frightening box…)
The so-called Type-3 Dogman first of all is no Dogman. Nor is it a Bigfoot. Its features negate both possibilities. Its simian (ape-like) style legs and its plantigrade walking completely eliminates the possibility of it being a canid.
All canids are digitigrade.
The Type-3’s obvious claws would eliminate it as being a primate as primates have nails.
Thus it’s neither, but it’s no less real. It just needs to be its own type of cryptid, the Type-3, for now and not be lumped in with Dogmen and Bigfoots.
The canine type Dogman also does come in several forms that differ slightly, especially the size and color. Other features that might differ seem to be length of muzzle and ears and also tail characteristics. (Personally I think the length of the muzzle and possibly ears has to to with the age of the Dogman. The smaller ones, presumably juveniles, tend to have a shorter muzzle and ears.)
Still they are similar enough to be, if not the same species then at least the same genus. And that genus is NOT canis!
Very upsetting, I know, and this is why I think it’s time to reconsider the term Dogman.
The term Dogman implies very definitively that this creature is somehow related to dogs or wolves, but is it?
Sure, most witnesses claim its head looked like a giant wolf or german shepherd. They talk about canine-style legs with hocks.
There might be a different explanation for this though, and I’ll get to that later.
I think there really isn’t as much dog in Dogman as we have come to believe, probably not so much man either, and I’ll show you why.
Dogman has hands
No canid species has hands. They have regular front paws. Dogman always have a type of hand, albeit with the padding of paws, but with long, stretched fingers ending in claws.
Rodents have hands like this. Of course I’m not saying that Dogman is a rodent, I’m just pointing it out. There it is.
Primates have hands, but Dogman cannot be a primate because primates walk plantigrade and have simian style legs and Dogman, like I’ve said before, has hocked legs and walk digitigrade.
The fact that Dogman has hands kind of negates the possibility of it being a canine.
Dogman can run bipedally
Now I’m aware there are videos of dogs walking around on two legs out there. It’s true, dogs can develop this ability, either through necessity because of a handicap or by training, but regardless, they can only waddle on for a short while at a time.
Dogmen can run, really run, at speeds matching or even outdoing a cheetah, ON TWO LEGS!
The cheetah has long been thought of as the fastest land animal, capable of speeds of up to 70-75 mph for short periods of time, or 112- 120 km/h in proper measurements 😉
Dogman matches this. Like the cheetah it can’t sustain 70 mph indefinitely, but 50-60 mph doesn’t seem to bother it much.
Show me a canine that can do this! On two legs!
Dogman is comfortable climbing trees
Why do dogs not climb trees? They are not constructed for it. While their claws are stronger and thicker than a cat’s claws they are dull and not retractable. A cat’s retractable, sharp claw can penetrate the wood in way a dog’s cannot.
Sure, a dog or a wolf can “climb” if the tree has several good branches it can jump between, but they just can’t climb too far up a bare tree trunk.
But Dogman seems to be as much at home in the trees as it is on the ground according to witnesses.
This fact indicates quite strongly that it isn’t a canine.
Dogman has two nipples
Very important point!
I have personally never heard of a credible Dogman sighting where there were more than two nipples.
This fact, if it’s true, negates the possibility of Dogman being a canine of any sort, as all canines have 6- 10 nipples.
Animals with 2 nipples include elephants, goats, sheep, horses and primates. We’ve already established that a Dogman is not a primate, and it’s unlikely that it’s related to elephants or sheep, but there is another animal that I’ve written about in other posts relating to Dogman that also belongs in the two-nipple category-
And more on hyenas in a little bit.
Dogman is always male
Obviously Dogmen can’t all be males? Yet to this day I haven’t heard a single witness talk about seeing a female Dogman.
I’ve heard witnesses being unsure but assuming it was a male because of its tremendous size. In many cases they are sure because they actually see the genitalia.
But here’s an interesting tidbit, speaking of the aforementioned hyenas, female hyenas are actually larger than the males. And that’s not all. Female hyenas have a pseudo-penis, almost indistinguishable from a male’s regular penis.
Could it be, assuming the Dogman is related to hyenas, that witnesses see both males and females but are unable to tell one from the other?
More on hyenas
Hyenas are no more related to wolves than your house cat is.
Yet they look like this:
The reason for this likeness to wolves despite lack of particularly close relations is:
whereby organisms not closely related, independently evolve similar traits as a result of having to adapt to similar environments or ecological niches
The most famous example of convergent evolution is the wolf/ thylacine similarities.
The thylacine, or Tasmanian tiger, and the wolf, the former being a (possibly extinct) marsupial from the Australian region and the latter being a regular mammal from Eurasia and North America, have been genetically separated for 160 million years or so. Yet they have both developed very similar features because of their respective adaption to very similar life circumstances.
Convergent evolution is quite extraordinary!
Could it also explain how Dogmen came to be?
It could possibly explain how the Dogman came to have canine-looking traits without being a canine.
As you know, I’m not a staunch proponent for the “Dogmen are a naturally evolved, purely physical creature”-theory. If I’m a proponent for anything it’s the “Dogmen might have more to do with legendary werewolves than people would be comfortable to know and they might possess abilities or senses that go beyond what we’re able to scientifically understand today”-theory.
Still, the reason I do that is to add some balance as most people tend to go with the former theory and propagate that quite extensively.
This post however deals solely with Dogman as a physical, natural creature because I like to keep my mind open.
There exists within cryptozoology this compulsion to sort cryptids into classes, orders, families etc. in an effort to make sense of them and to make the field of cryptozoology seem less pseudo and more scientific. Some have even tried giving them a latin name, as if they are already a proven species!
Commendable in a way, kind of premature in another, because really, we don’t have anywhere near enough scientific data to do that yet!
Jumping the gun makes us seem more pseudo, not less.
And it makes us overlook important clues.
I see sooo many people who first hear of the term Nephilim, for instance, and immediately applies that term to everything unexplained.
Bigfoot- typical Nephilim.
Dogman, could it beee any more Nephilim?
Goatman, Mothman, freaking Godzilla- all Nephilim!
Wow… If it was that easy…
Nothing about this is easy. Take my word for it if you will.
I’m pretty brainy and I’ve been trying to understand cryptozoological creatures for pretty much all my life!
When I was but a very little hedgehog of around 10-12 I began to read about The Owlman of Cornwall, Mothman, El Chupacabra (the real one not the American one…) and naturally everything about werewolves that I could find, and I never really stopped, and today, at 46 years old, all I know is that I know very little!
If I have any advice for everyone it’s that having the answers, knowing the unknowable, does NOT make you cool and interesting. But considering these things, and being open, teachable and humble does.
Now back to hyenas.
Even more on hyenas
We know at least one species of Pliocene/Pleistocene hyena managed to find its way over to the Americas- the Chasmaporthetes.
We also know that several species of hyena were all over Europe and Asia during this time.
Knowing this puts us in a good position to form a hypothesis on the origins of Dogman as some offshoot evolution of a hyena.
“But hyenas are so small”, you protest.
Yes, today’s hyenas are kind of small, at least compared to a Dogman, but the largest extant hyena, the spotted one, is still larger than a grey wolf. The grey wolf’s weight averages 40 kg (88 lb) while the hyena weighs 40.5- 55 kg (89- 121 lb) for males and 44.5- 63.9 kg (98- 141 lb) for females.
And that’s for the largest extant hyena. Some extinct ones were even bigger.
Another thing; Dogmen are rarely seen hunting or actually killing a prey. Strange, I know. They are seen with prey but that’s no guarantee they caught it themselves.
They are quite often seen at the side of roads eating roadkill.
Does this mean that despite its formidable arsenal of weapons (teeth, claws) its rippling muscles, its speed and its size it prefers scavenging over hunting?
Not to say it never hunts, it probably does, but if it does then there are no witnesses around to observe it.
Hyenas are famous scavengers. The can hunt too but seem to be clever enough not to waste the energy if food can be obtained though other means, such as scavenging.
Well there you have it. The hyena fits MUCH better than a wolf as a relative of a Dogman, but there are still big, red question marks flying around being obnoxious.
I’m not married to this hyena hypothesis, only to the part that says Dogman is neither man nor dog since it has features that negate both possibilities.
But what do we call it? Ralph? Humphrey? Engelbert?
I guess for now, we’ll just keep on calling it Dogman, so we’ll all know what we’re talking about.
For now I’ll sign off with a recommendation to watch The Bray Road Beast on Amazon Prime or elsewhere. It is REALLY well made and I loved it!
Also watch this video if you haven’t. I can’t vouch for the truthfulness and integrity of the people who have made it as I don’t know them personally, but it’s pretty cool. Also, if the sound at 13.49 and onward a bit is legit, then it’s BLOODY CREEPY!