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Hound is a creature type used for Dogs and canine-like creatures. For gaming reasons, Wolves, Jackals and Foxes are kept separate. Hounds appear in all colors.

History[edit | edit source]

The first creature to bear the type was Ghost Hounds in Homelands (though the Hurr Jackal from Arabian Nights and Snow Hound from Ice Age, a Dog, were later issued errata to become Hounds as well). Hyenas were made Hounds in the Grand Creature Type Update, but this was reverted in the Update from the Grand Update, probably for taxonomic reasons.

Mark Rosewater argued numerous times with Creative to change the creature type Hound to Dog but has never won the argument. He argues that a hound is a type of dog much like a poodle is a type of dog. He states that all hounds are dogs but not all dogs are hounds.[1][2][3][4][5][6][7]

Phyrexia[edit | edit source]

The Phyrexian Hollow Dogs showed up in New Phyrexia as well.[8]

Ravnica[edit | edit source]

The Golgari guild of Ravnica features Mossdogs, plant hounds.[9]

Tarkir[edit | edit source]

Ainok[edit | edit source]

Ainok are sapient, humanoid Hound folk of Tarkir. Affiliated with the Abzan Houses and the Temur Frontier, they are a highly variable species, mirroring actual canine species and breeds. The Abzan Ainok, resembling jackals, are the original inhabitants of the desert and experienced in sand based magic, having taught the Abzan on how to survive in the desert; they prefer to live on the fringes of human dominated society.[10]

Temur Ainok resemble Tibetan Mastiffs. Like the Abzan Ainok, these are the original inhabitants of their environment, the Qal Sisma mountains. Eager to fight for any reason, they enjoy carnage for carnage's sake, and blood-crazed Ainok may even devour chunks of flesh from a fallen opponent, though such is considered an embarrassing lack of self-control. Well established and trusted among Temur families and sharing the same rights and responsibilities, some nonetheless feel resentment towards human domination in the clan, and the veteran Baihir Torn-Of-Ear and the semi-Mardu affiliated Kharkhel seek to murder the khan himself in order to achieve dominance.[11]

Theros[edit | edit source]

The Cerberi of Theros are two-headed (Two-Headed Cerberus) or three-headed (Underworld Cerberus and Wildfire Cerberus) hounds.

Ulgrotha[edit | edit source]

The Ghost Hounds are intangible dogs that haunt Ulgrotha in and around the Dark Barony.

Notable Hounds[edit | edit source]

Hound tokens[edit | edit source]

Token Color Type P/T Additional Rules Source Printings
Hound Green Creature — Hound 1/1
named Mowu
Green Legendary Creature — Hound 3/3

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