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 they return. Each child can find one pet and each household can have one dog, additionally, for a total of three animals in the house, if the Dragonborn has two children. 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  ,  NX  , 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   A pet may 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 will not be able to come out unless the child visits the cellar again.
  •  PS3   Both pets may follow one child, with one pet ignoring the child that brought it home.


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  • How many pets can you have in Hearthfire?

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    • my child killed his mud crab when he was practicing using his daggar lol i just went to last save 
    • My daughter, sissel brought home a snow fox, which I was really happy about. Is is still possible for my son, Gralnach to bring home a p...
  • can I kill pets to get new ones?

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    • I accidentally killed Lucia and Samuel’s pet in a fight with some theves and I brought home Vigilance and she asked to keep him
    • I killed Vigilance on acadent and i got meeko and she is not say if she can keep him