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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.


Start a Discussion Discussions about Pets (Hearthfire)

  • Send Vigilance back to Banning

    3 messages
    • As far as I know the only way to get rid of a pet is to kill it, which I don't reccomend because doing so makes your kids hate you :\
    • If you have a second Child,did you try to make him/her adopt a second dog ? I don't remember if it work with dogs in particular but you can h...
  • Child asked for a dog said yes, but cant see it

    2 messages
    • My child asked for a dog, i said yes but i cannot see it, i only have two houses i checked both cellars, no pets at all ,also your site is rea...
    • You asked them what they want and they answer a dog? Kids don't find dogs, they bring mudcrabs, skeewers, rabbits and foxes at home and they ...

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