Dogs were always popular among shepherds throughout Middle-earth. One favorite breed was the sheep hound or Huoton, a large, short-muzzled, long-haired dog. They endured harsh weather exceptionally well and performed even when fatigued. Most importantly, their great size, stealth, and speed enabled them to ward off predators.

The sheep hound was very loyal, intelligent, and fierce. When equipped with a stout armored collar, it was a match for two or three wolves. The Dúnedain also used them for hunting and as guard dogs. Experiments in using them as war-dogs, though, had been failures. A smaller breed, the Huoton Cinta was often seen as a pet for women and children.


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