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For the various canine companions throughout the Fallout series named "Dogmeat", see Dogmeat. For the similarly named cuts of edible flesh, see Dog meat.
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Biography and appearance
AffiliationLone Wanderer
Unknown scavenger (formerly)
FamilyDogmeat's puppy (descendant)
Dialogue FileDogmeat's dialogue (Fallout 3)
SPECIALStrength: 7
Perception: 8
Endurance: 7
Charisma: 6
Intelligence: 2
Agility: 8
Luck: 3
Derived StatsHit Points: 500 (2,500 → 15,000 if Broken Steel is installed)
Level5 (5 → 30 if Broken Steel is installed)
Base ID0006a772Ref ID0006a775

You know, I think you're the first dog I've met that didn't try to eat me.

— The Lone Wanderer.

Dogmeat is a possible companion of the Lone Wanderer in Fallout 3.


An affectionate and dexterous hound, Dogmeat's skills as a four-legged scavenger and ferocious fighting companion were not lost on his first master who was killed by Raiders in the vicinity of the Scrapyard. Dogmeat's also highly intelligent and well trained, to the point of being able to identify and retrieve weapons, ammunition, and chems. This hound is also notable for having heterochromia: One of his eyes is blue, the other brown.[1][2]

Interactions with the player character

Interactions overview

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This character is essential. Essential characters cannot be killed.
This character is a permanent party member.


  • Dogmeat can be recruited at the Scrapyard near Minefield, engaged with a band of raiders. He can be recruited by any character, regardless of karma. Shooting him before recruitment will, obviously, make it impossible to hire him.
  • Dogmeat is unique in that he can be asked to retrieve ammunition, chems, food or weapons from the cell the player is in, bypassing locked cabinets and retrieving weapons that may be otherwise hard or impossible to find. Firelance is a common example, if the random encounter that spawns it occurs over a built-up area.
  • Furthermore, he will also growl when enemies are nearby. Hostile NPCs will prioritize him over the player character, making him a good bait, though care has to be taken: He can (and will) be killed by overwhelming firepower.
  • Dogmeat can be scolded in dialogue (or praised), but these options have no effect on gameplay.
  • Broken SteelGametitle-FO3 BS.png With the Broken Steel add-on, Dogmeat's stats are beefed up significantly, making him a powerhouse, even when the player is level 1.
  • Broken SteelGametitle-FO3 BS.png The Puppies! perk will effectively immortalize Dogmeat. Every time he dies, a new one will spawn at Vault 101 (called Dogmeat's puppy, but he's actually even more powerful than the original).

Behind the scenes

  • Dogmeat returns for the third time and is a callback to the original dog out west. By extension, he is also a continued reference to Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior and A Boy and His Dog, modeled after the Blue Heeler appearing in the former and named after an insult used in the latter movie.
  • According to pre-release materials, Dogmeat was supposed to be found in a random encounter. However, this was changed to a fixed location before release.
  • A hoax claiming that Dogmeat can use the Wazer Wifle has been once circulated widely. See Wazer Wifle hoax.


  • PlayStation 3Icon ps3.png Xbox 360Icon xbox360.png Paralyzing Palm perk or any other method for knocking down characters will allow the player to use him as a mobile stash with unlimited capacity, as these allow the player to loot the dog. Of course, this will make item retrieval by Dogmeat unfeasible, as the script automatically removes all items from Dogmeat's inventory into the player's.
  • PCIcon pc.png PlayStation 3Icon ps3.png Xbox 360Icon xbox360.png Dogmeat is prone to getting stuck in small spaces, as his size can lead to other NPCs being unable to move, effectively locking the player in.
  • PlayStation 3Icon ps3.png Dogmeat will occasionally fail to register the command to retrieve items and stand still.


Dogmeat appears only in Fallout 3.


  1. Fallout 3 Official Game Guide Game of the Year Edition p.70: "Dogmeat
    An affectionate and dextrousQuoted verbatim, error appeared in the original sourceIcon sic.png puppy, Dogmeat's skills as a four-legged scavenger and ferocious fighting companion were not lost on his first master, who was recently killed by Raiders in the vicinity of the Scrapyard. Dogmeat has tracked the Raiders down, loyal to the end."
    (Fallout 3 Official Game Guide Game of the Year Edition Wasteland Census)
  2. Fallout 3 Official Game Guide Game of the Year Edition p.70: "Dogmeat's Puppy
    Appearing at the spot where Dogmeat last died, or at the place where you were born into the Capital Wasteland, Dogmeat's Puppy is a real chip off the old block; fiercely loyal, incredibly tough (even more than his dad), and available with the Puppies! Perk."
    (Fallout 3 Official Game Guide Game of the Year Edition Wasteland Census)