DF2014:Naked mole dog

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Naked mole dog


Urist likes naked mole dogs for their wrinkly skin.

  • Underground Depth: 1

· No Pain · Steals food · Steals drink

Tamed Attributes
Pet value 350

· Exotic pet · Breeding

Not hunting/war trainable 

Child: 6,000 cm3
Adolescent: 30,000 cm3
Adult: 60,000 cm3

Adult at: 1
Max age: 2-3
Butchering returns

Food items

Meat 12-13
Fat 11-13
Brain 1
Heart 1
Lungs 2
Intestines 1
Liver 1
Kidneys 2
Tripe 1
Sweetbread 1
Spleen 1

Raw materials

Bones 10-11
Skull 1
Skin Raw hide
This article is about the current version of DF.
A large, pale rodent with loose, hanging, hairless skin. It has long teeth and an incredibly powerful bite. It is found underground.

Naked mole dogs are very, very large versions of the real life naked mole rat. They live on the topmost level of caverns, and will attempt to steal food and alcohol when they can. They aren't naturally hostile but will fight back if provoked, likely tearing apart your war dogs in the process. They aren't afraid of your dwarves and will charge straight into your fortress to find food, they seem to travel sporadically. In order to capture them efficiently, make a small food stockpile on the first cavern layer and surround it with cage traps.

Naked mole dog parts are worth the same as most domestic animals, but they have a fairly high pet value. They can be tamed and bred with an animal trainer. Given their average lifespan of 2-3 years, making them into pets is likely counterproductive. They also cannot be trained for hunting nor war.

Naked mole dogs were a good dog replacement in previous versions, being generally bigger and tougher and not feeling pain (unlike dogs). However, they may now flee before wild animals (confirmed for raccoons[1]), presumably due to the recent changes in personality[2], making them less reliable as a fortress defence. They are not trainable for hunting or war.

Farming: due to their low max life spans they make poor farm animals early on. Most captured specimens will likely die shortly after. You can still breed them without taming them. Chaining them up with a cage trap corridor will capture any offspring they have. These can be fully tamed and then used to breed them normally. The original still-wild specimens will eventually die of old age but your dwarves will still butcher then because they are dead wild animals. They won't do this if the animals were tame. This method also works for large and giant rats, insects, or any other creature with a short life span.

Quirky behavior: Naked mole dogs, like Molemarians like to climb high in the caverns. However, these animals do not possess a natural skill to climb. This can lead to the (somewhat rare)occurrence of seeing one of these animals plummet to their deaths when they make a mistake climbing. This may be a bug.

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