The entire first season of Loki is now streaming on Disney+, and with it came some shocking twists and surprising characters. But it is the variants we have on the brain. As a dog-based website, there wasn’t much for us in the first season of the series.
However, considering that they went so far as to have an Alligator Loki variant, that got us thinking about why there wasn’t a dog variant running around (or maybe there is and we haven’t met them yet). Since the series didn’t give us what we would totally be calling a Doki, I thought it would be fun to come up with a few dog breeds that would make the perfect Loki variant.
With so many dogs to choose from, and so many different personality traits to play with, this was actually a lot of fun, while also being a bit tricky to get right. There are no wrong answers when it comes to picking the perfect Doki, but if Disney+ and the MCU are looking for inspiration, we have some ideas.
These dog breeds would make excellent Loki variants
These pups may not be Tom Hiddleston, but really not many of the variants themselves actually were. And with an Alligator Loki roaming in the Void, we can’t help but think there has to be at least one Dog Loki (we will make Doki happen!) out there somewhere. So which dog breeds would make the perfect god of mischief variant?
Dog Breeds as Variants
Among the many qualities that the Dachshund is known for, the two that stand out the most are their playfulness and their cleverness. These two words truly capture the essence of Loki, and are the exact reason that this might be the ultimate pup to be a variant. This is a dog that can command a room, looks cute doing it, and knows how to have fun, while also getting their way, seems like a win right there. At the same time, can you just imagine a Weiner Dog running around with those curved horns on their head as their little bodies wiggle everywhere? I can and it is delightful!
The Shetland Sheepdog is a fluffy pup known for their herding abilities, just like their cousin the Collie. However, the thing that makes the Shetland Sheepdog a worthy variant choice is their intelligence and ability to observe things. These dogs are highly observant, a trait that the god of mischief also shares, as he uses this trait against people often. And being smart is something both the dog and the god have in common, so it seems like this is a match made in variant heaven.
You want a royal dog, then the Papillon is the answer. A favorite among royalty and with an adorable countenance, these dogs also have very clever minds and are known for learning tricks. Considering Loki is a trickster god and a member of a royal family, it absolutely makes sense that a variant of the god might just be a Papillon.
Australian Cattle Dog
You want a trickster dog that is also clever, smart, and with a penchant for mischief? Then look no further than the Australian Cattle Dog! These adorable pups are related to the Dingo and have all the characteristics we would expect from a Loki. If they happen to be good at long distancing herding as well, that just adds a bit of a bonus to this variant. (Maybe that would mean that this Loki was actually able to keep his crew together unlike President Loki.)
No list of variant Loki’s will ever be complete without a Husky. These dogs are absolutely known for their mischief, and much like a real Loki, they should never be left to their own devices for long. While these pups have an agreeable nature and a more outgoing personality, they can also be trouble makers if they are not watched and properly trained. Seems rather familiar if you ask me.
While the generalization of Pit Bulls actually includes a number of breeds under one umbrella term, it absolutely makes sense to include these pups as potential Loki variants. We are taking about pups that can run the gamut from playful to serious, mischief and loving. Considering the energy levels of these dogs, it makes sense that if they are left to their own devices they will get in trouble. And we all know that seem thing holds true for a Loki – without someone watching a Loki, trouble usually ensues. (Honestly, even with someone watching a Loki, trouble happens.)
There are plenty of intelligent and playful dog breeds out there that we could have included in this list, and while each of them has something that might make them a potential variant, it really does seem like these six breeds are at the top of the list when it comes to potential Lokis. And if we happen to want to see these good boys and girls wiggling and wagging their tails while rocking the curved horns of Loki, who can blame us! If an alligator can do it, so can they.
Which dog do you think would make the perfect Loki variant? And do you think Season 2 might give us a Doki or two? Let us know in the comments.