King Arthur Inspired Dog Names In Pop Culture
In many accounts, Cavall is said to have been a molossus dog breed. While the molossus breed of dog has long been extinct, it's considered to be the ancestor of many mastiff-type dog breeds, such as Great Danes, Rottweilers, Bernese Mountain Dogs, Saint Bernards and many others. The strongest evidence that supports the likelihood of Cavall being a molossus is the possibility that Arthur may have had ancestors who fought in the Roman Legion and who would have likely bred molossus dogs to serve themselves and their descendants. Many of Cavall's attributes also are very consistent in the sort of things we see in modern mastiff type dogs; Cavall is said to have had a great sense of smell, direction, and intuition which helped him earn his place as King Arthur's favorite hunting dog. Those very qualities which made Cavall a legendary canine are featured quite prominently in mastiffs, lending credence to the claim that Cavall was molossus. But on that same coin, there are many other dog breeds (chiefly Beagles and Bloodhounds) who posses those traits as well, which makes it impossible to know which type of dog Cavall was with absolute certainty.
To add on to the confusion, King Arthur was also known to have hunted with a pack of gaze hounds (dogs like Greyhounds and Whippets) who relied on their sight and speed to catch prey. Among certain circles of Arthurian enthusiasts, the possibility of Cavall being a gaze hound isn't entirely out of the question either, as Arhur was just as emphatic about these types of dogs. We may never know, with absolute certainty, whether Cavall was a scent hound or a sight hound, but the mythical dog's bravery and hunting prowess are otherwise unquestionable.
King Arthur Inspired Dog Name Considerations
Another big reason the characters of Arthurian legend have remained as popular as they have been is due to their reliability; the Knights of the Round Table are virtuous souls but many of them are also tragically flawed in the same ways that we are. Indeed, these same flaws are often the driving force of many of their stories and, in the most dire of instances, lead to their undoing. Consider naming your dog, not after the Arthurian character whose name you like the most or whose deeds seem the most impressive, but who's heroic flaws mirror your own to act as a means of conscious inflection.