Skyrim: Hearthfire – Pets List & Animal Follower Guide

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The domesticated Hearthfire DLC for Skyrim comes with a wealth of new features, from buying a plot, to building a house, to hiring your own servants. One feature that isn’t often talked about is the new pets you can gain for your home. It isn’t easy getting the pet you want, but if your tired companion dogs need a break from adventuring, you can give them a good home.

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Pets List

Animals that become pets will stay inside your home in Hearthfire. You can only gain a pet once you’ve adopted a child.

Learn how to adopt a kid of your own with our Adoption Guide.

Follower Animals:

After adopting a child, bring your animal follower home. You’ll be asked to keep the follower as a pet after showing them to your kid.


  • Location: Stables, Markarth
  • Recruit: Pay the owner Banning 500 Gold.
  • Animal Type: Dog


  • Location: Meeko’s Shack, located in the woods west of Morthal. Between Fort Snowhawk and the Dragon Mound.
  • Recruit: Enter the shack and speak with Meeko. Simply ask the dog to come with you.
  • Animal Type: Dog

Sceolang (Dawnguard Expansion Only)

  • Location: Fort Dawnguard, Cave Pen
  • Recruit: Speak with the dog to recruit.
  • Animal Type: Husky (Dog)

Bran (Dawnguard Expansion Only)

  • Location: Fort Dawnguard, Cave Pen
  • Recruit: Speak with the dog to recruit.
  • Animal Type: Husky (Dog)

Other Pets:

Other animals will randomly appear to follow your child home. Your adopted kid will ask you if they can be kept. Disagree and wait, eventually a new animal will follow your child home, giving you another shot at your desired pet.

  • Frostbite Spiders
  • Mudcrabs
  • Skeevers
  • Fox
  • Rabbits

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4 Comments on Skyrim: Hearthfire – Pets List & Animal Follower Guide


On September 27, 2012 at 2:26 pm

Can you have a dog and a pet fox?


On October 28, 2012 at 3:55 pm

I have a glitch were my children cannot put anything in their chest or get a pet.

Broken Lifespan

On January 4, 2013 at 10:11 pm

Well I have a dog and a mudcrab so i guess so.

Washington Duck

On June 20, 2013 at 10:48 am

So, you’re saying if my son\daughter brings a mudcrab home, i say “no release it” eventually they bring a different pet? Because i want the bunny wabbit.