If you’re a nerd like me, you’ve played a lot of Dungeons & Dragons. And maybe your dog sat by your side on your quest. Wouldn’t it be fun if they could play as their own character?
For those who don’t know, Dungeons & Dragons is a tabletop role playing game that includes storytelling, dice, and sometimes math. You create a character and determine their gender, race, and class, then pretend to be that character as you go on and adventure led by a “Dungeon Master.” It’s fantasy and fun!
After a long session of Dungeons & Dragons, I realized that certain dog groups would be well placed as various classes from this game. It’s a great way to figure out what class your dog would be best at in the game if they could play along with you!
Here’s my list of dog groups and which classes they’d be best suited for in Dungeons & Dragons based on my own opinion and experiences. Agree? Disagree? Let us know in the comments below!
Herding Dogs Would Make The Best Rangers
Herding dogs love to work hard all the time — and so do rangers!
Rangers in Dungeons & Dragons are described as warriors who use martial prowess and nature magic to combat threats. This reminds me of herding dogs, who work beside their humans. And they way they can guide livestock is, as far as I’m concerned, magical.
They also have to be healthy and active to keep up with their charges and humans, so the herding dog group gets the ranger class!
Dogs in the Herding Group include, among others:
- Australian Shepherds
- Belgian Malinois
- Border Collies
- German Shepherd Dogs
- Old English Sheepdogs
- Shetland Sheepdog
Hound Dogs Would Make The Best Rogues & Bards
If you’ve ever had a hound dog, you know two things: they’re sneaky, but they’re also loud! So this gives the Hound Group a special double classification as either a Rogue or a Bard.
Hounds are crafty, and they’re supposed to be. They were bred to assist their people in hunting down game. As such, hounds are intelligent, but also easily bored. This gives them a tendency to get in trouble if they’re not cared for properly.
Because Rogues are also classes that are known for their “tricksy” behaviors, hounds are the perfect fit for this class.
Dogs in the Hound Group include, among others:
- Afghan Hounds
- Basset Hounds
- Irish Wolfhounds
- Rhodesian Ridgebacks
Working Dogs Would Make The Best Barbarians
Working dogs are often large and obtrusive, even when they don’t mean to be. This alone makes them perfect as Barbarians.
That being said, if you have a working dog, you can’t help but love them and appreciate how amazing they are. The same is often the case for the barbarian in your party.
The Working Group consist of, among other breeds:
- Alaskan Malamutes
- Bernese Mountain Dogs
- Doberman Pinschers
- Great Danes
- Great Pyrenees
- Saint Bernards
- Siberian Huskies
Terrier Dogs Would Be The Best Wizards
Beards. This is pretty much the entire basis for my decision on this one.
While not all terriers have beards, many do. They also have a tendency to look wizened and old at any age. So yes. Wizards it is!
Dogs in the Terrier Group include, among others:
- Airedale Terriers
- American Staffordshire Terriers
- Bull Terriers
- Cairn Terriers
- Miniature Schnauzers
- Rat Terriers
- Russel Terriers
- Scottish Terriers
- Welsh Terriers
- West Highland White Terriers
Sporting Dogs Would Be The Best Fighters
Sporting dogs are generally high energy, muscled breeds. They’re attentive and intelligent and are also some of the most common breeds preferred by the general public.
While gentle in nature, these dogs have a protective ferocity that comes from their intended purpose as hunters’ companions. They’re always willing to defend the humans they care about. This is what makes them perfect in the Fighter class.
Dogs in the Sporting Group include, among others:
- Chesapeake Bay Retrievers
- Cocker Spaniels
- English Setters
- English Springer Spaniels
- German Shorthaired Pointers
- Golden Retrievers
- Irish Setters
- Labrador Retrievers
- Welsh Springer Spaniels
Non-Sporting Dogs Would Be The Best Clerics
In terms of practicality, you can usually find a use for a Cleric, or you can go without needing their help depending on the type of game you play.
The same can be said of non-sporting groups. Yes, they’re loveable, but you’re not entirely sure how they got to be what they are. Still, you love them all the same! This is why non-sporting breeds are the perfect clerics.
Non-sporting Dogs include, among others:
- Bichon Frise
- Boston Terriers
- Chow Chows
- French Bulldogs
- Lhasa Apsos
- Shiba Inus
- Tibetan Terriers
Toy Dogs Would Be The Best Warlocks
I’m convinced that most Toy breeds have a chaotic neutral leaning, so they’d make the best Warlocks.
Yes, they’re lovely and magical — let’s be honest; what dogs aren’t magical? — but they can turn fierce faster than you can fall into a goblin camp. You also shouldn’t be entirely surprised if your dog has cut a deal with an evil fiend to ensure they get what they want, which is usually more treats!
Dogs in the Toy Group include, among others:
- Brussels Griffons
- Cavalier King Charles Spaniels
- Chinese Cresteds
- Italian Greyhounds
- Japanese Chins
- Miniature Pinschers
- Toy Poodles
- Shih Tzus
- Silky Terriers
- Yorkshire Terriers
And there you have it! Do you agree with your dog’s Dungeons & Dragons character class matchup? Or do you think they’d fit better in a different class, instead? Let us know in the comments below!