The Son of the Michigan Dogman. A Cryptid Child is Born


The legend of the Michigan Dogman dates back to 1887 when loggers working in Wexford County reported encounters with a creature described as having the head of a dog and the body of a man. This cryptid was dubbed the “Michigan Dogman” and tales of sightings spread across the state. Recently, there have been alleged sightings of a younger, smaller Dogman leading to speculation that this may be the “Son of the Michigan Dogman.” While the original Dogman was characterized as a violent, threatening beast, this new cryptid is described as more docile and less aggressive than its predecessor. However, experts remain divided on whether this creature truly exists or is simply an urban legend.

The Original Michigan Dogman Sightings

The original Michigan Dogman sightings date back to 1887 in Wexford County, Michigan. According to local legend, the Michigan Dogman was described as a seven-foot tall creature that was first spotted by a group of lumberjacks [1]. The lumberjacks reported seeing a creature that had the body of a man and the head of a dog. After this alleged first sighting, sporadic reports of the Dogman popped up over the years, but it wasn’t until the late 1980s that the creature really captured public attention.

In 1987, a radio DJ in Traverse City, Michigan played a song called “The Legend” which dramatized the original Dogman sighting from 1887. The song sparked interest around the state about the creature, and soon dozens of new reports came in from people claiming to have spotted the Dogman across Michigan. Most described it as a hairy creature walking on two legs with a dog-like head [2]. The initial wave of sightings in the late 80s, spurred by the song, cemented the Dogman as a staple of Michigan folklore.

Recent Sightings

In the past five years, there has been an uptick in reported sightings of dogman creatures in northern Michigan. Many of these reports share chilling similarities that point to the possibility of a new dogman offspring. While the original Michigan dogman was believed to be a solitary creature, multiple eyewitnesses now claim to have seen two dogmen together in the woods. The second creature is described as being smaller in stature but possessing the same alarming canine-humanoid traits.

Sightings have occurred near many of the same locations where the Michigan dogman was spotted in the late 1980s, suggesting an intimate knowledge of the terrain. However, the two creatures appear to be ranging farther outside these historic areas. In 2021, a pair of cryptozoological researchers documented fresh paw prints and territorial markings indicating more than one dogman frequenting the remote woodlands of Roscommon County.

If true, many questions arise about the nature and origins of this possible juvenile or second-generation dogman. Is it the progeny of the original Michigan dogman? Are there now multiple dogmen inhabiting the state? And what relationship exists between these two creatures? While concrete evidence remains elusive, the uptick in credible dual dogman accounts lends credence to the startling prospect of a son of the infamous Michigan dogman now stalking the same wooded areas.

First Sighting of the Son

The first reported sighting of a creature believed to be the son of the original Michigan Dogman occurred in the summer of 2018 near the town of Luther in Lake County, Michigan. The eyewitness, local resident Hank Williams, claims to have seen the creature while hiking in the woods behind his property.

Williams states that he was following a deer trail around mid-morning when he caught sight of a large, wolf-like creature drinking from a stream about 50 yards away. He described the creature as being nearly 7 feet tall, covered in shaggy greyish-brown fur, with a wolf-like head and yellow eyes. The creature was hunched over on all fours lapping water.

Williams said he felt an intuitive sense that this was no ordinary wolf or coyote. “The size and height made it clear this was something else entirely,” he noted. Too shocked to move at first, Williams slowly began backing away from the creature. At that point, the beast turned and looked directly at Williams, baring its teeth.

“Those eyes looking right at me – that’s an image burned into my memory that will never leave,” Williams recalled. Frightened, Williams turned and ran back to his house and immediately shared news of the sighting with several neighbors.

While most dismissed his story, some wondered if Williams had encountered the offspring of the original Michigan Dogman first spotted in Wexford County in 1987. “I can’t explain what I saw any other way,” Williams said. “It didn’t look or move like an ordinary animal. This thing was supernatural.”

an artist's sketch depicting the first reported sighting of the son of the dogman

Description of the Son

The first reported sightings of the supposed son of the Michigan Dogman occurred in the late 1990s near some of the same areas where the original Dogman was spotted back in the 1930s. Witnesses describe the creature as a large, wolf-like bipedal canine standing over seven feet tall. It has thick reddish-brown fur, powerful limbs, and long curved claws. Some key differences are noted between the son and the original Dogman.

The son appears even larger and more muscular than the first Dogman, with witnesses estimating it may weigh over 300 pounds of pure muscle. It has a broader chest and neck, with powerful jaws full of sharp teeth. The creature is reported to move extremely fast despite its hulking frame, capable of bursts of speed exceeding 45 mph according to some reports. Its limbs have greater range of motion than a normal wolf or dog, allowing it to dexterously climb trees and leap over high fences if needed.

Its eyes glow an eerie yellow at night and it has exceptional vision even in total darkness. The sounds it makes are described as bone-chilling howls, unlike any known wildlife. Overall the son appears to be an apex predator, showing no fear of humans or anything else it encounters. It seems to operate mostly as a solitary hunter, but some reports indicate it may travel in packs with others of its kind periodically.

Differences from the Original

While the original Michigan Dogman was described as a 7-foot tall, muscular creature that walked on two legs, had the head of a wolf, and glowing yellow eyes, reports indicate the newly sighted son has some key differences.

The son is said to be slightly smaller, around 6 feet tall, with darker fur and more canine-like hind legs compared to his father’s more humanoid stance. Witnesses also describe the son as moving faster and appearing more agile than the lumbering gait of the original Dogman.

In terms of behavior, the original Dogman was known for its blood-curdling howls and aggressive nature, with some campers reporting threatening encounters. In contrast, the son appears more timid and reserved, observed watching from a distance rather than approaching people. Some experts speculate the son may be younger and less experienced than his notorious father.

While the son shares the wolf-like head and glowing eyes of his father, his smaller size, different posture, and shy behavior all point to a creature distinct from the original Michigan Dogman first spotted in 1987. More sightings will be needed to determine if the son poses the same danger to humans visiting the Michigan woods.

a size comparison chart showing the differences between the original dogman and the son


Expert Opinions

Cryptozoologists and folklore experts have weighed in on the possibility of a Dogman offspring being sighted in Michigan. According to noted cryptozoologist Loren Coleman, “The idea of a ‘son of the Dogman’ or some type of offspring is certainly plausible from a cryptozoological viewpoint. Manyunknown creatures are reported to travel in family units or exhibit pack behavior” ( Folklorist Dr. JoAnn Conrad at the University of Michigan cautions that folklore about mythical creatures sometimes evolves over time to include new elements like offspring. However, she notes “The consistent sightings and local beliefs suggest there could be a core of truth, but the details may become exaggerated” ( Overall, experts allow for the possibility of a Dogman offspring while advising care in distinguishing any embelishments that arise as local legends grow over time.

Explanations and Theories

There are several main theories that attempt to explain what the Son of the Dogman could be:

Misidentification: Some skeptics believe the sightings of the Son of the Dogman are cases of misidentification. Large wolf-like dogs or coyote hybrids could be mistaken for a mysterious creature. However, most witnesses insist the size and characteristics do not match that of a regular canine.

Paranormal creature: Many believers think the Son of the Dogman is a supernatural entity or cryptid like the original Michigan Dogman first spotted in 1887. Though not much is known about its origins, some say it could be related to werewolf myths and legends throughout history.
an illustration of the son of the dogman with glowing eyes peering from the woods

Unknown species: Some cryptozoologists theorize the Son of the Dogman represents a new, uncatalogued creature. They propose it could be a remnant or variant of prehistoric canids like the Megafaunal wolf. Of course, no hard evidence like fur samples exist to analyze its genetics or taxonomy.

Overall, the Son of the Dogman remains an elusive mystery. More scientific investigation and documentation of eyewitness accounts is needed to shed light on this alleged creature’s true nature and origins. For now, its sporadic sightings continue to both fascinate and terrify.

Impact on the Local Community

The sightings of the son of the Michigan Dogman have had a significant impact on the local community in the area where it has been spotted. Many locals are now afraid to go out at night and there is a sense of fear and unease. Some people have reported being too afraid to let their pets or livestock out at night for fear that the creature could attack them.

There have been divided reactions to the sightings in the community. Some locals are skeptical and think it’s all a hoax or misidentification. Others seem to take the sightings very seriously and even claim to have heard howls or caught glimpses themselves. A few locals have considered moving away because of the creepy feelings the sightings have given them.

After initial sightings, many locals avoided the wooded areas where the creature was seen. Hiking trails and campgrounds have seen less visitors because people don’t want to risk a possible encounter. Parents are also keeping a closer eye on their children playing outside and warning them to come inside before dusk. There is a definite uneasy feeling throughout the community ever since word has spread about the possible son of the Michigan Dogman lurking in the woods.

a photograph of a quiet street at dusk in the town where the son was spotted

Despite some locals spreading fear, others think the sightings could be good for tourism. A few entrepreneurs have considered werewolf or cryptid-themed businesses to draw in curious visitors. So while many locals are apprehensive about the sightings, some see it as a potential source of revenue for the area.


In summary, the evidence suggests that the original Michigan Dogman may have produced offspring that is now roaming the same areas and being spotted periodically. Several credible witnesses over the past decade have described encounters with a creature matching the appearance of the Dogman but smaller in stature, lending credence to the idea that this may be the “son” of the original cryptid.

The existence of a Dogman offspring has broad implications in the world of cryptozoology. It confirms that the Michigan Dogman is a flesh-and-blood creature capable of reproduction, rather than a phantom or spirit. It also expands the scope of Dogman research, suggesting these beings may exist in small familial packs with juvenile members rather than as solitary creatures. From an ecological perspective, the son’s presence implies there must be sufficient food sources in the area to sustain a small population of apex predators. Overall, while more research is needed, the sightings of the Michigan Dogman’s apparent son open new avenues for understanding these elusive creatures.

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