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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. 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.
  3. Do not discuss possible bug fixes or origins. Leave those and all other first-person-anecdotes on the talk page, not the article.
  4. Always add  360  ,  PS3  , or  PC   to clarify which system the bug appears on.
  •  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)

  • Pet Deaths

    31 messages
    • im feeling glad that my child Sofie brought home a fox. I hate spiders. I guess a skeever would be fine if it didnt try to murder me. The quest...
    • Girls can only bring home rabbits and foxes boys can only bring home skeevers and crabs. The children are immortal not the pets and children ...
  • How many pet dogs can I have?

    6 messages
    • I have both DG dogs and my son has a rat so I maybe you personally can have two while your children have one
    • You can have a dog follower yourself and your children can have dog as a pet too along with the small pet as far as i can tell. You might be a...

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