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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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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 Digital 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  Student 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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MrsDoctaC 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  Student 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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