Hot Dog was born in the belly of the Popcorn Volcano. While on a nearby mission, a team of Skylanders had come across the stray fire pup when the volcano erupted and Hot Dog came rocketing straight into their camp, accidentally setting Gill Grunt's tent on fire. Using his nose of danger, he helped the Skylanders complete their mission - even pouncing on a lava golem like a blazing comet when it threatened his new friends. After displaying such loyalty and bravery, Hot Dog was brought back to Eon's Citadel where he became a Skylander - and then he proceeded to bury Eon's staff.
Hot Dog - Color Shift is a special painted variant of Hot Dog for Giants. He was an exclusive figure given out during the E3 convention of 2013. This makes him quite rare and expensive in second hand markets. He is not the only Skylander to be given away at E3. Spyro - Chrome was given away at E3 2012.
Other trade show figures include: Cynder - Metallic Purple (Toy Fair NYC 2012), Chop Chop - Metallic Blue (Toy Fair NYC 2013), Hex - Pearl (Toy Fair Nuremberg 2012), Gill Grunt Series 2 - Metallic Green (GameStop Expo 2013), Dune Bug - Metallic Red ( Toy Fair NYC 2014).