You insult us with idle threats!?! For that, you will pay!
~ Chief
The Dholes are recurring antagonists in the 1989 anime show Jungle Book: Shonen Mowgli and minor antagonists the 1996 American animated series Jungle Cubs. They also appear in Rudyard Kipling's The Second Jungle Book.

They were voiced by Mark Hellman in Jungle Book: Shonen Mowgli and Jim Cummings in Jungle Cubs, including the pack leader.


Jungle Book: Shonen Mowgli

The Dholes first appear in Baloo's flashback where his mother gets caught in a trap known as the "Cold Fang". His mother tries to fend them off, but gets killed, along with Baloo's brother.

They also appear in Fargas' flashback where he gets attacked by them, but gets saved by Alexander, Mowgli's adoptive wolf father.

Mowgli first encounters a few when they enter Rahhar's campsite where he is. They drive them off by making noise via banging on pots and pans.

They later appear as supporting characters in 22nd episode, The Waterfront Truce.

In Run Through the Valley of Death, Mowgli gets rid of a larger number of them driven into the jungle by drought by luring them to a beehive and they're chased off by the swarm of bees. To escape them, they jump into a river, then when they swim their way out of it, they're mauled to death by the wolves.

Jungle Cubs

They only appear in the 6th episode of the series. In the episode the cubs driving the dholes out of the jungle by themselves; with the dogs attempting to attack Khan in the temple where the cubs hung out. Bagheera, Kaa, Hathi and Louie lured the dholes into a chase, each one hiding after a certain distance to allow another to take over, culminating in Baloo tricking them into falling into a gorge filled with bees.

Appearances in Shonen Mowgli

  • The Cold Fang (debut)
  • The Lone Wolf Visitor
  • Adventures Journey
  • Going Back To My Own Jungle
  • The Waterfront Truce
  • Mowgli Has a Sweet Heart
  • The Dhole Invasion
  • Run Through the Valley of Death




  • Unlike their appearance in the show, in real-life, they have tails that are completely black.
  • Like the cubs (excluding Louie), the wolves and Mowgli, the Dholes are characters adapted from the original novel.
    • The Dholes are also the ones who kill Akela in The Second Jungle Book.
  • The Dholes resemble the original design of Tabaqui and also Don Karnage. Ironically, both them and their pack leader are both voiced by Jim Cummings.