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Wild and Domestic Chupacabra by TruBlueArt Wild and Domestic Chupacabra by TruBlueArt
I hope this is acceptable for :iconspecies-directory:'s contest.

The premise was to take an existing wild fantasy/sci-fi/orginal species and domesticate it. I tried to find one of my own species to use, but I'd already "domesticated" so many of them that seemed to work for that. I decided to go with chupacabras [link] [link] because I had thought about it and done a little sketch before, but didn't do anything more with it.

I figured I'd put both versions on the sheet just because I never did a "nice" image of my chupacabra interpretation.

Now for the species description:

Chupacabras were domesticated by farmers to protect their livestock from wild chupas, because dogs were affected by the chupa's nauseating pheromones that are secreted from ducts near the eyes. This is what causes their eyes to glow red. Chupas are not affected by their own species pheromones, and thus could fight off intruders.

Chupacabras are about the size of a medium-large dogs. They are generally quite thin and fit, especially if they are used for work. If regularly fed a diet of fresh animal bodies, they will not attack the stock. The spines on the back are much smaller in domestic individuals, than wild ones. Further breeding is attempting to remove or soften the spines. The "usual" canine domestication traits can be found in the chupacabra, including floppy ears, curved tails, and color variations. Some people have gotten their hands on chupas as "status symbols/gaurd animals" and crop ears and tails. Domestic chupas only secret their pheromones when extremely stressed.

Further breeding could potentially produce many different varieties, like dogs.
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:iconvegetassj4fangirl:
Vegetassj4fangirl Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2014
Omg thats so cool
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280077s Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
I think this concept is awesome!! I could imagine a chupa being a very good friend.
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ulterno617 Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
i love this dude.
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grazatt Featured By Owner May 17, 2014
Awesome pic, where can I find the other entries for that contest. I would love to see other fantasy species domesticated 
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TruBlueArt Featured By Owner May 17, 2014   General Artist
I just tried to browse the group who's contest this was for and I can't seem to find a folder dedicated to that contest, so I don't exactly where to go.  Sorry.  link to the group: species-directory.deviantart.c…
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Darla98 Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I like your version of the chupacabra I would love to have a chupacabra as an pet! But for what happens when spike gets out and eats the neighbors dogs!
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DrRichoften Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
domestic one is cool but the wild one..yea that one scares me.
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Hollowcyclone Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2014  Student Artisan Crafter
This is really nice 
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JarOfDuckSkulls Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Haha, how adorable! <3

I have a dog who's named Chupacabra- his resemblance to the domestic ones you depict here is uncanny. 
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Kaizer913 Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2013
Enlighten me, where does the canine chupacabra come from when so many depictions I've seen look like scrawny, hairless, bug-eyed, spike-mohawked, fanged, alien looking thing. 
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TruBlueArt Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2013   General Artist
I honestly don't know for sure and I was just as confused when they started calling hairless canids 'chupacabras' as well.  IIRC, they started finding them in Texas, where they might have heard of 'el chupacabra' and connected dead livestock + weird hairless canines to the myth.  It's been so long since I drew this, I'd need to refresh on 'chupacabra' lore.  I made a lot of the description up, so don't take it as fact by any means.  I used the dog version because it worked better for a contest (and I like drawing dogs).
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Kaizer913 Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2013
You're probably right. I hear the hairless dog thing was some kind disease from mange I think.
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Boo2197 Featured By Owner May 21, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
omg i love this!!!!!!
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DisneyAreslover Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2013
Cool:) I totally want a pet chupacabra:)
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Auroraz365 Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013  Student Digital Artist
:) domestic one is cute but the feral one is awesome!
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Water-Dark-Dragon Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Awesome!
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StarfallenWolf Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Ah yes, note the difference between the firey-eyed demon and the domestic manged dog...

If only this applied to REAL sightings!!!
People are so stupid sometimes.
(Person 1: OMG IT'S EL CHUPACABRA!!!
Person 2: R u kidding, bro? That's just a rabid dog.
Person1: Yeah, so why is it jumping up that building and catching birds in mid-air with firey demon eyes?
Person 2: I'm telling ya, mangy dog with rabies...
EL CHUPACABRA: EXCUSE ME, DID YOU JUST CALL ME WHAT I THINK YOU DID?! *Kills person 2 with happiness.* Screw you nonbeliever idiot!!!)

~Leah~
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Boo2197 Featured By Owner May 21, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
hahhaa i laughed at that more than i probably should have XD
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fireflythefirefox Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2012   Digital Artist
i want a pet chupacabra now!
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KitsuneLenali Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012
D'aw, the domestic one looks so friendly!
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tiiqer Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2012  Student General Artist
Cool! Chupacarba's rule :D
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Dreadlum Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Domestic chupacabra? now that's a new one on me, but definitely a cool one. Im especially intrigued by your use of the idea of pheromones being a cause of cross mutation. I had a theory that the original reptilian strain victimized a canine and perhaps a vampiric virus was introduced.
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chloethekitten Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2012
I want a pet chupacabra now
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imvula Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2012
I kinda want a pet chupacabra now..

Do they like belly rubs and cuddles?
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coolclaytony Featured By Owner May 30, 2012
Who's a cute wittwe bwood sucking demon? You are, yes you are!
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HallowpointPaws Featured By Owner May 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
My parents told me that if they let me have a bearded dragon, I had to stop asking for animals. I've stopped asking for animals that actualy exhist (or are at least proven to exist) but I LOVE to ask them for a chupacabra. How could they say no to one of these?
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YetiInPinkBoots Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Awww! I want a pet chupacabra! I always loved chupacabras.
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Pyroraptor280 Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2012
Awesome
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Ari-Uzumaki-Elric Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2012
aaaaaaaaaaaaaaw!!! May I use a puppy version of the domesticated chupacabra for an rp of mine? He will be owned by my character, Kamoku Kyuuketsuki, whom is a vampire. She is in my gallary if you wanna see her :)
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TruBlueArt Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2012   General Artist
Does it have to specifically be my design? I don't own 'chupacabras', I just twisted it a bit. Maybe you could make your own domesticated chupacabra design? I won't come after you, haha. I'm sure I'm not the only one to think of this. I really don't know what to say for sure as, like I said, I don't 'own' the original chupacabra, but I have changed it around a bit to be somewhat unique to me.
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Ari-Uzumaki-Elric Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2012
Okay. Well that's understandable. I mean, like, I was looking for a good picture cause in a Role Play that I have, my character saved a Chupacabra pup from being killed, and he can change himself into a normal puppy. So I saw your design and I really like it. I was just wondering so I can use it as a basis. But I completely understand :)
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TruBlueArt Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2012   General Artist
Well, I based it heavily on hairless dogs, so maybe that'd be a good start to a design? Just add some spines and you're there, haha.
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Ari-Uzumaki-Elric Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2012
heehee hmmm... I think i will base mine off of a begal XD Cause in the rp i put that my cupacabra pup can transform into a real one for diguise, and i pictured the pup form to have huuuuge cute eyes...

im not sure, i'll draw a picture of them together :)
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P-ChanAndP-Kun Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I want a little chupacabra *w*
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Pop-Tart-Zombie Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2011
Where can I get one?
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TruBlueArt Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2011   General Artist
Your imagination. XD
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Pop-Tart-Zombie Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2011
That's the best store ever! XD
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scarlionking Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2011
Nice
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cometgazer379 Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2011  Student Digital Artist
d'awwwww!
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Lunawolf2011 Featured By Owner May 21, 2011
Awwww!
*pats domestic chupacabra*
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MsRaggaMuffin Featured By Owner May 16, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Daaaaaaw i want one
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Skylarkien Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2010
Is this an offical breed? If so, can they work with horses as well as other stock?
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TruBlueArt Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2010   General Artist
No, haha. I made it up based on the reports of dead hairless dogs that people called "chupacabras."
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Skylarkien Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2011
Tis' an awesome ref though! Oh well, I was just wondering
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DeadFishGraphics Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2010
Nice contrast between the two, I like how the wild ones are colored in with more darker colors, making it seem sinister. The domestic one is so cute and goofy with that tongue.
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wolfdog127 Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2010
i love it and now i want one!! :3

i accualy had a dog she was NOT normal, her nickname was chupie i was afraid to be near that dog in the dark she somewhat resembled this [link] (without the spikes of corse but you could see her spine) she was all thin and stuff we got her checked by the vet tryed to get alittle meat on her bones doc said she was fine she just never got any fatter lived 15 years too (thats older than me) freaked me out till the day we had to put her down (by that time she was blind and def and she could barely walk or get up or eat she kept falling down the stairs and had realy bad arthritise we decided it was for the best) i still have this weird feeling shes gonna come back and rip my throat out or something that dog was just a little off

anyways rant over ^^ i realy do love this pic!!
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fietdapowah Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2010
Oh, cool! 8D
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ToshirotheKnightWolf Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
different, cool
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hyenacub Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
A domesticated chupa! LOL How fun. And well done!
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TruBlueArt Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2010   General Artist
Thanks!
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