Although its original meaning got lost dog-head man is well known among the people, even today, and is related to bold men or men with a shaved head. It is believed that dog-head man is related to Tatar invasion of Croatia in 1242. Their invasion was short, but well remembered among people cause of their cruelty, and the legend about dog-haired man came from it.
Dog-haired man is among rare mythical creatures that can be related to real historical events. Some story-tellers say that Tatars (Dog-head men) fought a great war, and although most left some of them stayed, wondering around the woods, eating raw meat after sitting on it for some time. They had dog face and one eye, they looked different, especially around the eyes (Mongol look) and they were violent.