Dogs

Okudani Breeds

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Khoroi Herding Dog

Size: Medium (30-45 lbs)
Coloring: Solid brown, red, or fawn
Found in: Okudan (common), Talbain region (common)
Aptitudes: Herding, hunting

A sleek dog with angular features and uniformly solid-colored coat. The breed is known for being a good-natured bundle of energy, well-suited to the open expanses of the plains. The main use of these dogs is in herding the livestock of Okudan both to daily pastures and in the band's periodic migrations. Before a puppy begins training, its behavior around livestock is tested; dogs that do not show promise as herders are trained for hunting instead. Herding and hunting dogs are not typically allowed to interbreed, which has produced two distinct subsets of Khoroi dogs; it is now considered to reflect poorly on the breeder if puppies show a different aptitude from their parents.

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Malai Guardian Dog

Size: Large (65-100 lbs)
Coloring: White to tan, darker ears
Found in: Okudan (common), Talbain region (common)
Aptitudes: Livestock guardian

A large, stocky breed with thick white to tan fur. Malai dogs are generally amiable and laid-back, often whiling away the day relaxing in the grass, but also attentive to everything within their domain. After weaning, puppies are placed with a herd and trained to work with its owner and other dogs in watching for and warding off predators. One dog may suffice to guard a small herd, but two to four dogs of at least two years of age is considered ideal. Runt puppies are sometimes given as Naming Day gifts to families with new infants, and raised up as guardian to the Hearth and to the child in particular.

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