Arcanine is a large, bulky canine Pokémon that also possesses traits of tigers and lions. It has a distinct long dog-like muzzle with a large round black nose. Its eyes are triangular in shape, with black pupils. It has short diamond-shaped orange ears with cream colored insides. The majority of Arcanine's body is covered with bright orange fur with jagged black stripes, resembling the fur of a tiger. Its most of its head and face, and its chest, legs, are covered in light cream colored fluffy tufts of fur. It has a long puffy cream-colored tail.
Arcanine have the abilities Flash Fire or Intimidate. Flash Fire activates when the user is hit with a fire-type move, allowing the user to become immune to fire damage, and raise the damage on any of its fire-type attacks. Intimidate will lower an opponents attack stat by one in battle. Arcanine is one of the fastest Pokémon in the world. It is said that it can travel up to 6200 miles in one day and night. Arcanine can also carry its trainer on its back and scout the seven-seas in less than 3 days. It can learn powerful attacks like Flare Blitz, ExtremeSpeed, and Thunder Fang.
In the episode, On Cloud Arcanine, both May and Drew were after an Arcanine to capture it for an upcoming contest. Discovering that it had a litter of Growlithe puppies though, they decided to leave it alone.
Despite its species being "Legendary Pokémon", it is a Legendary Pokémon. This likely due to it evolving from Growlithe and Legendary Pokémon can never have an evolution chain.
Originally, Arcanine was going to be a Legendary Pokémon but the idea was scrapped when it was given a pre-evolution.
Arcanine's prototype name was "Blaze."
The YellowPokédex entry states that Arcanine is seen in China, showing that there are similarities in regions with the real world and Pokémon world.
Arcanine is possibly a mix breed of a wolf and tiger.
Arcanine is based on a large dog, such as a wolf, with some tiger and lion-like traits.
Due to its slight lion-like appearance, Arcanine somewhat resemble the Chinese Shisa, a traditional Ryukyuan decoration from Okinawa mythology.
Arcanine's English name comes from a combination of the words "Arcane" meaning ancient and mysterious, and "Canine".