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Beak dog
Urist likes beak dogs for their chatters and clicks.

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Alignment: Evil

· Mount

Tamed Attributes
Pet value 50

· Egglaying · Breeding

Not hunting/war trainable 

Birth: 1,500 cm3
Mid: 50,000 cm3
Max: 150,000 cm3
Food products
Eggs 5-10
Adult at: 1
Max age: 10-20
Butchering returns

(Value multiplier ×2)

Food items

Meat 11-13
Fat 11
Brain 1
Heart 1
Lungs 2
Intestines 1
Liver 1
Kidneys 2
Tripe 1
Sweetbread 1
Spleen 1

Raw materials

Bones 16
Skull 1
Skin Raw hide
Gizzard stone 1
This article is about an older version of DF.
A creature from the evil swamp. It resembles a squat, wingless bird with powerful beak and legs. Its blotchy skin is brightly colored.

Beak dogs are a freakish species of gorilla-sized, bird-like pack hunters found in evil swamplands. They appear in groups of three to seven and occupy the same ecological niche that wolves do in more normal surroundings. In the fortress-embarking flavor screen, you are sometimes warned to strike the earth quickly "ere the wolves get hungry", but in the actual game, wolves are too small to opportunistically attack dwarves, preferring to predate on smaller creatures instead. Beak dogs, by contrast, are not held back by such a deficiency: they are close to four times as large as a wolf (two and a half times the size of an average dwarf), and the [LARGE_PREDATOR] token in their raw files that they share with wolves means that they will snack on any dwarves that appear before them, given the chance. This obviously makes them very dangerous.

Beak dogs can be captured in cage traps and trained into petsv0.44.07. They are considered domestic animals in goblin civilizations and as such are always found with them, often being employed as attack animals or mounts during sieges. Raiding a goblin settlement may lead your dwarves to bring numerous tame beak dogs to your fortress as spoils, which is the easiest way to get a hold on the creatures - they serve well on a meat industry and can also be used in egg production, being far larger than any conventional egg-laying livestock. Additionally, their parts are worth twice as much as boring dog parts.

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Some dwarves like beak dogs for their large beaks, their hunched backs and their chatters and clicks.

"Beak dog" in other Languages Books-aj.svg aj ashton 01.svg
Dwarven: emuth idar
Elvish: etini macetha
Goblin: gosma anot
Human: kes sheka