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Pets (Hearthfire)

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Pets are animals that can live in the Dragonborn's house in The Elder Scrolls V: Hearthfire if adopted children ask to keep an 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  ,  PS3  ,  PC  .
  3. If a fix to the bug is known, please provide it, but avoid use of first-person-anecdotes: such discussions belong on the appropriate forum board and not the article.
  •  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)

  • Pets

    5 messages
    • How do you get dogs even?! Also one time I was playing Skyrim and there was a bandit attack. Our pet got in the way and I accidently hit it....
    • Get one of the dog followers like Vigilance at the Markarth stables or Meeko and take him home, the kid(s) should ask if they can keep him.
  • Hearthfire Favorite pets

    2 messages
    • Whats your favorite pets in Skyrim Hearthfire? Mine's the dog Meeko and one of the foxes.
    • Cotton not that he/she ever does much.

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