I love this dog and it has an interesting background too. Together with Moltres, Zapdos and Articuno, Arcanine is one of the legendary pokemon, as shown during the second episode of the pokemon anime. It is said that this pokemon is based on the mythical half lion half dog creature called Komainu who protects the shrines and temples from evil spirits. You can find these Komainu near the entrances of the Shinto shrines. Imposing and dangerous looking.
How does this mon perform in Pokémon go? Not so well.
Arcanine has some bulk and decent stats. But this fire type mon has the worst fire moves (although Fire Fang got a buff recently) and performs worse than even the more average fire pokemons like Flareon and Magmortar. Arcanine has good dark- and electric moves, but cannot use their potential because Arcanine doesn’t share it’s typing. So it’s a pseudo dark / electric mon and at best an average fire mon, meaning Arcanine is not good at anything. If it received a dark or electric typing, Arcanine would have been great. Or at least a fire move like Overheat would help. But no.
Loved by many I have read, but I guess not by Niantic. This legendary protector of the Shinto shrines is degenerated over the years and neglected like a stray dog.
Too bad, it’s such an interesting mon with a rich background who deserves much more love than what it has received.