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Growlithe (Pokémon)

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Origin
 
===Origin===
Growlithe is most likely based on Japanese dog statues called 獅子 ''{{wp|shisa}}''. They may also originate from Chinese 獅 ''{{wp|Chinese guardian lions|shī}}'' or Japanese 狛犬 ''{{wp|komainu}}'', which are guardian statues that resemble lions{{wp|lion}}s, with traits of tigers{{wp|tiger}}s and dogs{{wp|dog}}s. 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.
 
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