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This article is about the species in The Legend of Korra. For the similar species in Avatar: The Last Airbender, see polar dog.

The polar bear dog is a large, white-furred animal that was historically feared and hunted by members of the Water Tribe.

Anatomy

The polar bear dog's front legs are stocky and muscular in contrast to its more slender hind legs. It is covered in a thick white fur coat, which helps it stay warm in the harsh climates of its natural arctic habitat. The polar bear dog has a long tail and an elongated snout with a black nose and large, bear-like teeth. Its face is framed by two floppy ears and black eyes.[1] Polar bear dogs are extremely strong creatures and can break through metal using their front paws.[2] Although adapted for perpetual cold, they do not show discomfort in spending prolonged periods of time in more temperate regions.[3]

Behavior

The vicious behavior of polar bear dogs is similar to that of real polar bears, though when properly tamed, their behavior is more akin to that of domesticated dogs. Due to their size and seemingly loyal nature, these animals can be trained as mounts to cross the snowy plains of the polar regions; however, Avatar Korra is the only person to have done so.[4]

In the wild, the animals are known to be social and live together in packs, which can consist of a large group.[3]

Connection

This animal is a conjuncture of the real life polar bear and a Labrador retriever. It has the body, head, and fore legs of a polar bear, but the jowls, ears, hind legs, and tail of a dog. Like a polar bear, the large front paws help it to distribute loads when walking on snow or thin ice. It can also stand on its hind feet like a polar bear, but to make up for the lack of large paws, it uses its tail to keep balance.[1]

Trivia

  • The kangal, which is a breed of dog in the real-world, served as a partial basis for Naga.[5]
    • The polar bear dog also somewhat resembles the Great Pyrenees, a large dog which usually has pure white fur, as well as the Akbash dog.
    • The polar bear dog bears similarities to the bear dog, which has been extinct since the Pliocene and is the common ancestor of real-world dogs and bears.

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 San Diego Comic-Con 2011
  2. DiMartino, Michael Dante, Konietzko, Bryan (writers) & Dos Santos, Joaquim, Ryu, Ki Hyun (directors). (June 23, 2012). "Endgame". The Legend of Korra. Book One: Air. Episode 12. Nickelodeon.
  3. 3.0 3.1 DiMartino, Michael Dante (writer), Campbell, Heather (artist), Ng, Killian (colorist), Heisler, Michael (letterer) "Friends for Life" (May 7, 2016), Dark Horse Comics.
  4. Naga from Legend of Korra. Nickelodeon. Retrieved on March 2, 2012.
  5. Rinaldi, Bill (May 13, 2012). Have you ever seen a Great Pyrenees? They somewhat look like Naga!. Bill Rinaldi on Tumblr. Retrieved on May 18, 2012.

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