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Pets (Hearthfire)

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For other uses, see Pets.

Pets are animals that can live in the Dragonborn's house in The Elder Scrolls V: Hearthfire if adopted children ask to keep one.

Adopted children can randomly bring home pets once they have moved into one of the Dragonborn's homes. Through dialogue, the ability to either accept or decline pet adoption exists. Once an animal becomes a pet, they will stay inside the home and follow the child around. If the child leaves the building, they will stay in the child's bedroom until he/she returns. If a pet is killed, the children will be angry at the Dragonborn and tell them to leave them alone. Waiting a few days to return home seems to make them return to normal.


These dogs can become pets if they are followers of the Dragonborn:

Adopted children may request to keep the following animals:


This section contains bugs related to Pets (Hearthfire). Before adding a bug to this list, consider the following:

  1. Please reload an old save to confirm if the bug is still happening.
  2. If the bug is still occurring, please post the bug report with the appropriate system template  360  / XB1  ,  PS3  / PS4  ,  PC  / MAC  , depending on which platform(s) the bug has been encountered on.
  3. Be descriptive when listing the bug and fixes, but avoid having conversations in the description and/or using first-person-anecdotes: such discussions belong on the appropriate forum board.
  •  PC   360   PS3   Sometimes a pet will go missing for a few days if the house the adopted child resides in has a cellar. The pet is in fact trapped in the cellar of the house and won't be able to come out unless the child visits the cellar again.


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  • My daughters don't ask for pets. Why?

    5 messages
    • That means you won't be able a have a dog as a pet, but you can have both a dog and small animal. I would imagine it just means Lucia wo...
    • Thanks! Last question: do I have better chances of my kids getting pets if they are in my homestead? I have Heljarchen Hall. I wonder if there'...
  • Adopting Meeko

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    • Cant get children to adopt meeko plz help
    • wrote: Cant get children to adopt meeko plz help Could you clarify? This is a little confusing. I'm guessing you're saying t...

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