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Dogs were canines prevalent throughout Toril.[4]


Dogs were a race of both wild and domesticated animals that were found all over the world. They came in a variety of breeds, sizes, and appearances.[4]


They were extremely numerous and were domesticated for use amongst the humanoid races.[4]


Domesticated over thousands of years and bred for different purposes, dogs were adopted by many humanoids as pets and companions. They were very useful and commonplace, but were often taken for granted because of this, but some valued them greatly and they were considered to be loving and loyal and even a human's best friend.[4]

Dogs were employed to pull sleds in Vaasa during the winter.[5]


Some of the best-trained dogs were trained by the elven House Korianthil.[6]


One of many breeds of Faerûnian dogs.

There were many different breeds found across Toril.[4] Some of these were:

A large hound breed used for tracking.[7]
A white-furred sled dog breed.[8]
A powerful hound that was employed in several functions. Mastiffs could serve as mounts for halflings.[9]
A huge shaggy dog.[10]
A golden-furred sled dog breed.[8]
A black-furred sled dog breed.[8]

Other Species[]

Some unusual and dangerous variants of dogs were:

Blink dog
Intelligent canines with an inherent teleportation ability.
A magical breed of hounds that were kept by elves.[11]
Frenzy dog
The creation of an evil druidic spell in the deep forest of Chondalwood.[4]
A cross-breed between a snake and a dog, native to the jungles of Chult and domesticated by the yuan-ti.[4]
Wild Hunt hound
A magical breed of hounds that were native to the Feywild.[12]


Dogs were considered special animals to many deities. Hunting dogs in particular were favored by Anhur and Marthammor Duin. Tiny lap dogs were considered blessed by Savras. Arvoreen, the Red Knight, and Tempus all preferred war dogs. Dogs with gray fur were sacred to both Azuth and Mask, while black dogs were sacred to Bane, brown dogs to Cyrrollalee, and white to Deneir. Mystra favored dogs of all varieties, and intelligent dogs were known to live in the celestial realms of Nephthys, Rillifane Rallathil, and Sharindlar.[13]



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