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The Bastard's girls, by Thrumugnyr ©

Dogs are domesticated canines in the known world similar to the real-life animal. Other canines include direwolves, foxes, and wolves. Dog breeds include elkhound,[1] mastiff,[2] sand dog,[3] shaggy dog,[4] sheepdog,[4] and wolfhound.[4] Hellhounds are mythical canines.[5]


The first Clegane and his dogs rescue Tytos Lannister from a lioness, by tumcolho ©

A domesticated species, dogs can be kept as pets by humans.[6] Kennelmasters are people appointed to be in charged of the training and care of a castle's hunting hounds.

Dog's Nose is a war galley in the royal fleet.[7]

The Painted Dogs are one of the Vale mountain clans of the Mountains of the Moon.[8][9]

In the Jogos Nhai culture, the young men steal goats, dogs, and zorses from other bands.[10]

No dogs or other animals survive long in Asshai.[11]

Men of the Frozen Shore ride sleds pulled by hounds as big as ponies.[12][13]

The device in the coat of arms of House Clegane is three black dogs.[14][15][16] Due to their sigil, the Clegane brothers, Ser Gregor and Sandor, have received dog-based nicknames, such "the great dog" for Gregor[17] and "the Hound",[18] "Dog",[19] and "Joffrey's dog"[20] for Sandor.

Other characters known to have a dog-related nickname include Ser Joffrey Doggett the "Red Dog of the Hills",[21] Harma Dogshead,[22] Rorge the "Mad Dog of Saltpans",[23] and Dogkiller.[24]

Viserys Targaryen refers to Lord Tywin Lannister and Lord Eddard Stark as the "Usurper's dogs".[25]


A Ghiscari elite with her dog, by Cassandre Bolan © Fantasy Flight Games

The inhabitants of Mardosh were forced to eat their dogs when their city was besieged by Dothraki khalasars.[26]

The feelings of Targaryen princelings towards dogs varied from fear (Aerea at first[21]) to love (Rhaena,[21] Viserra,[27] and Saera[27]) to indifference (Maegor).[21]

Harren the Red fed the genitals of Lord Gargon Qoherys to a dog before killing him.[21]

After the death of Queen Tyanna of the Tower, rumors spread of King Maegor feeding her heart to his dogs.[21]

The dragon Sheepstealer occasionally ate sheep dog.[28]

Prior to the Maiden's Day Ball, rumors spread of Rosamund Darry having six nipples because her mother had supposedly lain with a dog.[29]

During the winter of 134 AC northmen in the winter town ate dogs and horses to avoid starvation.[30]

Ser Duncan the Tall buried his old stot, Chestnut, deep in the sand of Dorne to avoid it being found and eaten by sand dogs.[3]

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Ser Rodrik Cassel's red dog whelps a small litter with two living puppies.[6]


Northmen with dogs during wintertime, by German Nobile © Fantasy Flight Games

Sand dogs must eat and feed their pups. His flesh will feed the dogs or feed the sands. In a year, his bones will be scoured clean. This is Dorne, my friend.[3]

A hound will die for you, but never lie to you. And he'll look you straight in the face.[15]


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  2. A Clash of Kings, Chapter 16, Bran II.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 The Sworn Sword.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 A Storm of Swords, Chapter 29, Arya V.
  5. A Storm of Swords, Chapter 56, Bran IV.
  6. 6.0 6.1 A Game of Thrones, Chapter 1, Bran I.
  7. A Clash of Kings, Chapter 58, Davos III.
  8. A Clash of Kings, Chapter 49, Tyrion XI.
  9. The World of Ice & Fire, The Vale.
  10. The World of Ice & Fire, The Bones and Beyond: The Plains of the Jogos Nhai.
  11. The World of Ice & Fire, The Bones and Beyond: Asshai-by-the-Shadow.
  12. A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 58, Jon XII.
  13. The World of Ice & Fire, The Wall and Beyond: The Wildlings.
  14. A Game of Thrones, Chapter 62, Tyrion VIII.
  15. 15.0 15.1 A Clash of Kings, Chapter 18, Sansa II.
  16. The Citadel. Heraldry: Houses from the Westerlands
  17. A Storm of Swords, Chapter 43, Arya VIII.
  18. A Game of Thrones, Chapter 9, Tyrion I.
  19. A Game of Thrones, Chapter 15, Sansa I.
  20. A Clash of Kings, Chapter 44, Tyrion X.
  21. 21.0 21.1 21.2 21.3 21.4 21.5 Fire & Blood, The Sons of the Dragon.
  22. A Storm of Swords, Appendix.
  23. A Feast for Crows, Chapter 25, Brienne V.
  24. The Winds of Winter, Barristan I
  25. A Game of Thrones, Chapter 3, Daenerys I.
  26. The World of Ice & Fire, Beyond the Free Cities: The Grasslands.
  27. 27.0 27.1 Fire & Blood, The Long Reign - Jaehaerys and Alysanne: Policy, Progeny, and Pain.
  28. Fire & Blood, The Dying of the Dragons - The Red Dragon and the Gold.
  29. Fire & Blood, Under the Regents - War and Peace and Cattle Shows.
  30. Fire & Blood, The Lysene Spring and the End of Regency.