Is each Legendary Beast a dog, a cat or a gerbil?
Things are rarely this or that they're usually a bit of both.
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Their appearances are very cat-like, but the Legendary Beasts aren't really based on felines (or dogs, for that matter). Suicune is based on the qilin, Entei is based on a Shi/Chinese guardian lion and Raikou is based on the Raijū. Seriously, I never understood the confusion of people calling them dogs, they look nothing alike canines.
Raikou and Entei look very cat-like, but I think most of the confusion comes from Suicune's muzzle. It looks very pointed and narrow, a bit more like a canine's than the comparatively wide muzzles of most cats.
Furthermore, Suicune and Entei have no tails to speak of, and tails tend to be emphasized in depictions of felines, but not so important in canine depictions (I think this is because we empathize more with dogs, who are friendlier to us. Thus, de-emphasizing the tail makes them "more human").
Most importantly, neither canines nor felines are known for carrying cloud-like manes of fur on their back. I vote gerbils for all three.
Sadly, I cannot trade myself.
How come people say Entei looks like a lion? I don't see the resemblance. It reminds me more of a large dog, but with a head like that of a bulldog or boxer.