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Dog, Medium

By John Charlton - Berger Collection: id #57 (Denver, Colorado), Public Domain,, Dog, Medium
By John Charlton – Berger Collection: id #57 (Denver, Colorado), Public Domain,

This category includes working breeds such as collies, Mastiffs and Irish wolfhounds.

Carrying Capacity A light load for a riding dog is up to 100 pounds; a medium load, 101-200 pounds; and a heavy load, 201-300 pounds. A dog can drag 1,500 pounds.

Ultimate Equipment Guide II

Author Greg Lynch, J. C. Alvarez
Publisher Mongoose Publishing
Publish date 2005

Dog, Guard or War

  • Trained to fight and protect, guard dogs and war dogs are among the least expensive sentries and soldiers one can hire.
  • Dog, Guard or War: 25 gp

Dog, Hunting

  • With its keen sense of smell, a well-training hunting dog can follow a trail invisible to human eyes.
  • Dog, Hunting: 15 gp

Dog, Riding

  • This Medium-size dog is specially trained to carry a Small humanoid rider (not a dwarf). It is brave in combat like a warhorse. No damage is taken when falling from a riding dog.
  • Dog, Riding: 150 gp
Dog Medium
Medium animal
Hit Dice2d8+4 (13 hp)
Speed40 ft. (8 squares)
Armor Class16 (+2 Dexterity, +4 natural), touch 12, flat-footed 14
Base Attack/Grapple+1/+3
AttackBite +3 melee (1d6+3)
Full AttackBite +3 melee (1d6+3)
Space/Reach5 ft./5 ft.
Special Attacks
Special QualitiesLow-Light Vision, Scent
SavesFort +5, Ref +5, Will +1
AbilitiesStrength 15, Dexterity 15, Constitution 15, Intelligence 2, Wisdom 12, Charisma 6
SkillsJump +8, Listen +5, Spot +5, Swim +3, Survival +1*
FeatsAlertness, TrackB
EnvironmentTemperate plains
OrganizationSolitary or pack (5-12)
Challenge Rating1
Level Adjustment


If trained for war, these animals can make trip attacks just as wolves do (see the Wolf entry). A riding dog can fight while carrying a rider, but the rider cannot also attack unless he or she succeeds on a Ride (Dexterity) check.

Skills Dogs have a +4 racial bonus on Jump checks. *Riding dogs have a +4 racial bonus on Survival checks when tracking by Scent.

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