Puk, from British or Scandanavian mythology, keeping a pile of treasure. © Donna Quinn.

Puk is a dragon of Germanic folklore, appearing in the legends of Estonia, Lithuania, Latvia, and Germany. [2]

A Puk is considered a domestic or household dragon [1] that protects domestic animals. [3] Puks are generally not malevolent in nature; the house in which they dwell becomes their home. [2] They answer to the owner of the house as a master. [4] A family with a Puk living in its home has many benefits, for a Puk brings good fortune. [4] However, the benefit of Puks stop with their owners, for they are tricksters by nature and will steal treasure for hoarding at the detriment of neighbors. [1]

The Puk in Lithuania are sometimes called Kaukas and are considered the patrons of blacksmiths. [3] Puks are also guardians of treasure hoards. [4]


A Dragon of Many Names

The name Puk is likely of German origin (i.e. Puck). [2] Regional names for the creature include the following:

  • Slavic - Krukis [3]
  • Germany - Puk, Puks, Puck [1]
  • Latvia - Pukis [1]
  • Lithuania - Pukys, Kaukas, [1] Kaukas [4]
  • Estonia - Pukje, Pisuhand, Tulihand, Puuk [1]

Physical Description

Puk is a serpentine-bodied, four-footed dragon approximately two feet (61 cm) in length, sometimes described as having wings. [1] Puk flies through the sky as a dragon with a fiery tail. [4] It is also described as a sneaky, hoarding dragon. [2]

Like many trickster spirits, a Puk can manifest itself in different forms. In some cases, it can transform into a deformed goblin [4] or a huge cat. [1]


  1. Rose [Dragons] 300
  2. Lurker 291
  3. Turner & Coulter 276
  4. Rose [Dragons] 204

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