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Pets (Hearthfire)

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In The Elder Scrolls V: Hearthfire, adopted children may bring home pets.

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.

Pet mudcrab



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. Confirm all bugs with other editors on the talk page before adding them below.
  2. Always try reloading an old save first, before asking for assistance.
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  •  PC   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.

Start a Discussion Discussions about Pets (Hearthfire)

  • How many pet dogs can I have?

    2 messages
    • I have Vigilance now but I want to get Sceolang or Bran (or both if possible) when I can buy DawnGaurd and download it. Is it possible to have ...
    • I think you can only have one pet dog and one small animal (that the kids find themselves) i'm afraid.
  • Pets in Houses

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    • You may have a bug. I found Meeko and had him follow me back to my home at Proudspire Manor and my daughter, Lucia, ran up and asked if we co...
    • I could be wrong but i think theres only a chance a child will ask to keep a dog its not guaranteed to happen so maybe just try again every ...

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