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Edward Kenway petting a dog

The Domestic dog (Canis lupus familiaris) is a domesticated subspecies of wolves. They have been bred by humans across the world for a variety of roles, such as pets, guards, or hunting companions.



Cerberos by Hades as a Greek statue

The Greeks immortalized dogs in their mythology by giving Hades, the lord of the underworld, his own hound: the three-headed Cerberos.[1] Their bond was considered close enough for Hades to be portrayed with Cerberos ever by his side.[1][2]

6th century BCE

In ancient Croton, the philosopher Pythagoras asked a man to stop beating a dog, claiming he could hear the voice of an old friend in its cries. This amazed the crowd watching him, as it appeared to prove his belief in reincarnation. Later, he cast out his disciple Alcmaeon for torturing a dog.[3]

5th century BCE

During the Peloponnesian War, dogs roamed the various cities and villages of Greece as pets or strays. The Spartan misthios Kassandra encountered many dogs during her travels. Occasionally she had to kill them; the spoils of such encounters she could sell, with the claws of the dogs valued at 2 drachmae apiece, and their skulls at 7 drachmae apiece.[1]

1st century BCE

A dog in Egypt

In Egypt, dogs were a common sight in and around of human settlements.[2] They also served as guards and protectors, like Anta in 48 BCE.[4]

16th century

By Emperor Jiajing's rule over China in 1524, dogs were trained by the Imperial guards to detect intruders, though Assassins like Shao Jun were able to evade them, avoiding detection.[5]

18th century

Following his retirement, Edward Kenway took an Irish wolfhound as a pet, which he named Thatch, after his dead friend.[6]

Guards in the Thirteen Colonies used dogs to guard treasure chests, as well as sniff out enemies like the Assassin Ratonhnhaké:ton. Even when using Wolf Cloak in an alternate reality, guard dogs were still capable of detecting him. To combat this, Ratonhnhaké:ton could lure them away by using bait and killing them.[7]

The de la Serre family kept an Irish wolfhound named Scratch in their estate in Paris. Both Julie and her daughter Élise were very fond of the pet.[8]

19th century

Dogs were trained to fight in contests against other dogs and for protection in London during the Victorian era.[9] [citation needed] The prime minister Benjamin Disraeli and his wife Mary Anne had a pet dog named Desmond, whom they kept in a handbag. The Assassin Jacob Frye had to retrieve him after some thugs stole Mary Anne's handbag in Devil's Acre.[10]

Behind the scenes

In Assassin's Creed II, whenever the Hidden Gun was fired, a dog could be heard barking. None made a physical appearance in said game, however. [citation needed]

In Assassin's Creed III, the dogs are of the Great Dane breed. In the same game, the guards in New York City would ignore their dogs barking at Ratonhnhaké:ton if he was incognito and behaved in an inconspicuous manner. Furthermore, killing and skinning rabid dogs yielded similar items as when skinning a wolf.

In Assassin's Creed: Origins, the dogs seen in Egypt are of the Pharaoh Hound breed.