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Common or Garden Dragons, also spelt as Common-or-Garden Dragons, are a species of Bog Dragon and also the most common dragon (as the name suggests) and can be found in most dragon caves and around the Barbaric Archipelago. They are used by Vikings as hunting dragons, but make good family pets as well.

Traits and Abilities

Common or Gardens are not particularly specialized, and are more or less a "garden-variety" dragon. They can speak Dragonese, they can hunt and fish, they can breath fire, and do other basic 'dragon' things.

Basic Brown dragons are closely related and have the same stats and features, though are typically brown and a little larger.

Common or Gardens are said to be the size of a West Highland Terrier (aka Westie).


How to Train Your Dragon

Hiccup finds a Common or Garden Dragon while looking for a dragon to tame at Wild Dragon Cliff after having given his Basic Brown to Fishlegs. Hiccup claims he could 'sense' the Common or Garden, since it was too dark to see it. Hiccup later names it Toothless. Throughout the first several books, Toothless is thought to be a very small Common or Garden, but later turns out to be a very young Seadragonus Giganticus Maximus. Toothless is also referred to as a Toothless Daydream, a made-up species to make him sound special and fit for a Viking Chief.

How to Speak Dragonese

Common or Garden Dragons are shown to be edible, as the Roman Fat Consul eats a dish called "Live Frog and Dormouse Souffles with Common-or-Garden Sauce".


  • "Common or garden" is a British prase meaning "usual" or "ordinary." This was likely used as the name for this dragon as they are some of the most basic and ordinary dragons that a Viking can tame.
  • While the Common or Garden Dragon from the book doesn't actually appear in the film, the creators developed a dragon to pay homage to the Common or Garden Dragon (especially Toothless) called the Terrible Terror.
    • In fact, a subspecies of Terrible Terror exists in the Franchise called the Garden Dragon.
  • The How to Train Your Dragon books website has a small game in which you can train a Common or Garden Dragon.


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