Find out which Dungeons & Dragons class is best for your dog!

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If you’re a nerd like me, you have a lot of dungeons and dragons. And maybe your dog was by your side during your search. Wouldn’t it be nice if they could play as their own character?

For those who don’t know, Dungeons & Dragons is a tabletop role-playing game with stories, dice, and sometimes math. You create a character and determine their gender, race and class, pretending to be that character as you move forward and embark on an 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 fit well as different classes from this game. It’s a great way to find out what class your dog would be best in at play if he could play with you!

Here is my list of dog groups and which classes they are best suited for in Dungeons & Dragons, based on my own opinion and experiences. Agree? Disagree? Let us know in the comments below!

Sheepdogs would be the best rangers

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Sheepdogs love to work hard all the time – and so do rangers!

Rangers in Dungeons & Dragons are described as warriors who use martial arts and nature magic to combat threats. This reminds me of sheepdogs, who work alongside their people. And the way they can lead livestock is magical to me.

They also need to be healthy and active to keep up with their loads and people, so the herding group gets the ranger class!

Dogs in the Herding Group include:

  • Australian Shepherds
  • Belgian Malinois
  • border collies
  • Corgis
  • German Shepherd Dogs
  • Old English Sheepdogs
  • Shetland Sheepdog

Hound Dogs would be the best villains and bards

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If you’ve ever owned a hunting dog, you know two things: They’re sneaky, but they’re also noisy! Thus, this gives the Hound Group a special dual classification as a villain or a bard.

Dogs are crafty, and they should be. They were bred to help their people hunt game. As such, dogs are intelligent, but also easily bored. This gives them a tendency to get into trouble if they are not properly cared for.

Since Rogues are also classes known for their “troublesome” behavior, dogs are a perfect fit for this class.

Dogs in the Hound Group include:

  • Afghan Hounds
  • Basset Hounds
  • beagles
  • Bloodhounds
  • Dachshunds
  • greyhounds
  • Irish Wolfhounds
  • Rhodesian Ridgebacks
  • Whippets

Working dogs would be the best barbarians

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Working dogs are often large and pushy, even when they are not. This alone makes them perfect as barbarians.

That said, if you have a working dog, you can’t help but love them and appreciate how wonderful they are. The same is often true of the barbarian in your party.

The working group includes:

  • Akitas
  • Alaskan Malamutes
  • Bernese Mountain Dogs
  • boxers
  • Doberman Pinschers
  • Great Danes
  • Great Pyrenees
  • Newfoundlanders
  • Rottweilers
  • Saint Bernards
  • Samoyeds
  • Siberian Huskies

Terrier dogs would be the best wizards

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beards. This is pretty much the whole basis for my decision on this.

While not all terriers have beards, many do. They also tend to look shriveled and old at any age. So yes. Wizards they are!

Dogs in the Terrier group include:

  • Airedale Terriers
  • American Staffordshire Terriers
  • bull terriers
  • Cairn Terriers
  • Miniature Schnauzers
  • rat terriers
  • Russell Terriers
  • Scottish Terriers
  • Welsh Terriers
  • West Highland White Terriers

Sporty dogs would be the best fighters

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Sports dogs are generally energetic, muscular breeds. Thoughtful and intelligent, they are also some of the most common breeds preferred by the general public.

Though gentle by nature, these dogs have a protective ferocity that stems from their intended purpose as companions of hunters. They are always willing to defend the people they care about. This makes them perfect in the Fighter class.

Dogs in the Sporting Group include:

  • Chesapeake Bay Retrievers
  • Cocker Spaniels
  • English Setters
  • English Springer Spaniels
  • German Shorthaired Pointers
  • Golden Retrievers
  • Irish Setters
  • Labrador Retrievers
  • Vizslas
  • weimaraners
  • Welsh Springer Spaniels

Non-athletic dogs would make the best clerics

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Practically speaking, you can usually find a use for a Cleric, or you can go without needing their help, depending on the type of game you’re playing.

The same can be said of non-athletic groups. Yes, they are sweet, but you’re not quite sure how they got to be what they are. Yet you love them all the same! This is why non-sporting races are the perfect clerics.

Non-sporting dogs include:

  • Bichon Frize
  • Boston Terriers
  • bulldogs
  • Chow Chows
  • Dalmatians
  • French Bulldogs
  • Lhasa Apso
  • poodles
  • Shiba Inus
  • Tibetan Terriers

Toy dogs would be the best wizards

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I am convinced that most toy breeds have a chaotic neutral tendency, so they would make the best wizards.

Yes, they are beautiful and magical – let’s face it; which dogs are not magical? – but they can get mad faster than you can fall into a goblin camp. Also, don’t be completely surprised if your dog has made a deal with an evil devil to make sure they get what they want, which is usually more treats!

Dogs in the Toy Group include:

  • affenpinschers
  • Brussels Griffins
  • Cavalier King Charles Spaniels
  • Chihuahuas
  • Chinese Nudes
  • Havanese
  • Italian Greyhounds
  • japanese chin
  • Maltese
  • Miniature Pinschers
  • Papillons
  • Pekingese
  • pomeranian
  • toy poodles
  • pugs
  • Shih Tzu
  • 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 would fit better in another class? Let us know in the comments below!

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