The term "cynic" derives from the Greek word κυνικός, kynikos, "dog-like" and that from κύων, kyôn, "dog". Diogenes the Cynic was called with the epithet "doggish" beacuse of not participating in what he saw as a corrupt, or confused, society.

Camila Cañeque adopted a canine way of life, retiring with dogs in nature.