Dante is extremely loyal to Miguel due to his kindness earlier. Although Dante acts goofy and simple-minded, he is smarter than he looks. Dante has a weakness towards food as it led Miguel to embarrassing situations in the film. Although Dante is superficially goofy and simple-minded, it is shown that he is smarter than he looks.
Dante's loyalty is demonstrated to be his most endearing quality. He became extremely defensive for Miguel's well-being, as he tries to stop him from finding Ernesto de la Cruz knowing that this was not best for Miguel.
Like most dogs of the Xoloitzcuintle breed, Dante is a skinny, almost hairless dog with wrinkled brown skin and long legs. He appears to be under-conditioned with a tear on his left ear, given the fact that he is a stray. He is often seen with his tongue sticking out, due to his missing teeth.
Dante later becomes an alebrije guardian and gains wings smaller than Pepita's. This appearance retains Dante's body shape, although his skin became radically multicolored, his tongue turned blue, and his left and right eyes turned pink and yellow respectively.
Role in the film
- Dante is a Xoloitzcuintle (or "Xolo"), which is the national dog of Mexico.
- Through the film, there are some hints to Dante being a spirit guide:
- When Dante makes his first appearance in the film, he pops out of a trash can next to a table displaying alebrije toys.
- After Miguel becomes a spirit, Dante is the only living being who can see him.
- In the Land of the Dead, Dante tries to stop Miguel from going to Ernesto's mansion.
- During production of the film, a Xolo dog was brought to the studio.