A Guide to All the Dog Villagers in Animal Crossing: New Horizons

Dogs are man’s best friends, and in the world of Animal Crossing, this quote becomes more relevant than ever. After all, the series is about befriending animals to become your neighbors in your town. It only seems logical that they should be present as villagers.

If you are a dog owner, you would know that they are the most loving companions that you can have in your home. Everyone loves them for their loyalty, courage, protectiveness, and affectionate nature. On top of that, they have lovable personalities and cute faces. All of these traits are present within the dog villagers in Animal Crossing.

They have unique appearances representing something about their identity, and their names often relate to their personality. Furthermore, the game has special characters that are dogs, like Isabelle, Tom Nook’s assistant, or Harvey, the chill owner of Photopia. Are you looking forward to having a dog as your neighbor? Read on to know all of them.

Bottom Line Up Front

Twenty villagers are dogs in Animal Crossing, and only 17 of them appear in New Horizons. There are also special characters that are dogs, although they differ in appearance from villagers in terms of the breed. Below is a summary of the dog villagers.

Out of the 17 Dog Villagers in New Horizons

  • Six of them are lazy (Benjamin, Biskit, Bones, Lucky, Marcel, Walker)
  • Three of them are normal (Bea, Daisy, Goldie)
  • Two of them are peppy (Cookie, Maddie)
  • Two of them are cranky (Butch, Frett)
  • One of them is a jock (Mac)
  • One of them is smug (Shep)
  • One of them is snooty (Portia)
  • One of them is a big sister (Cherry)

Out of the 17 dog villagers in New Horizons, seven are female, while ten are male.

What are Dog Villagers in Animal Crossing?

Dog villagers are villagers belonging to the dog species in the Animal Crossing series. They have existed since the first game, Doubutsu no Mori, and have appeared throughout every entry. Overall, there are 20 dog villagers, and in Animal Crossing: New Horizons, three of them do not make an appearance.

They have a default appearance, notable by their ears that flop down. Due to their generic body structure, it is unclear what breed they are. Special dog characters, however, represent different breeds of the species.

Who are the dog villagers in Animal Crossing: New Horizons?

Do you want to choose a dog villager for your island? Below are all the dog villagers that appear in New Horizons, along with their personalities, gender, birthdays, and more crucial information.

Bea

Bea

“The perfect pair complements each other.”

  • Birthday: October 15 (Libra)
  • Personality: Normal
  • Gender: Female
  • Catchphrase: “bingo”
  • Favorite styles: Simple and Cool
  • Favorite colors: Aqua and Green
  • Hobby: Nature

Bea is a female normal dog villager that first appeared in Doubutsu no Mori. She appears in all of the main games except for Wild World and City Folk. She is a brown dog with freckles above her black nose, dark brown ears, and droopy eyes.

Benjamin

Benjamin

“A good dog deserves a good treat.”

  • Birthday: August 3 (Leo)
  • Personality: Lazy
  • Gender: Male
  • Catchphrase: “alrighty”
  • Favorite styles: Simple
  • Favorite colors: Red and White
  • Hobby: Nature

Benjamin is a male lazy dog villager that first appeared in New Leaf. He has appeared in every game since his debut except for Pocket Camp. Benjamin is a yellow dog with white whiskers and red lips below his brown nose. He has white ears, orange eyes, and bushy eyebrows.

Biskit

Biskit

“Let sleeping dogs lie.”

  • Birthday: May 13 (Taurus)
  • Personality: Lazy
  • Gender: Male
  • Catchphrase: “dawg”
  • Favorite styles: Gorgeous and Simple
  • Favorite colors: Purple and Colorful
  • Hobby: Play

Biskit is a male lazy dog villager who appeared in Doubutsu no Mori’s first game. Ever since then, he appeared in every entry of the series. He is an orange dog whose ears have green and dark green stripes. He has white eyes with no pupils. His name may reference dog biscuits, an everyday treat for dogs.

Bones

Bones

“A snack a day keeps the vacuum away.”

  • Birthday: August 4 (Leo)
  • Personality: Lazy
  • Gender: Male
  • Catchphrase: “yip yip”
  • Favorite styles: Simple and Cute
  • Favorite colors: Beige and Brown
  • Hobby: Play

Bones is a male lazy dog villager that, like Biskit, debuted in Doubutsu no Mori and appeared in all of the series’ entries. His name, paired with his personality, references the phrase “lazy bones.” He is a white dog with a large brown mark on his right eye and ears with black tips.

Butch

Butch

“A house without either a cat or a dog is a sad house indeed.”

  • Birthday: November 1 (Scorpio)
  • Personality: Cranky
  • Gender: Male
  • Catchphrase: “ROOOOOWF”
  • Favorite styles: Cool and Simple
  • Favorite colors: Blue and Gray
  • Hobby: Music

Butch is a male cranky dog villager that debuted in Doubutsu no Mori and appeared in all Animal Crossing games, including Happy Home Designer, Amiibo Festival, and Pocket Camp. He is an orange and dark brown dog with white paws and brown tips. His eyebrows always frown as if he is angry.

Cherry

Cherry

“One dog barks at something, the rest bark at him.”

  • Birthday: May 11 (Taurus)
  • Personality: Big sister
  • Gender: Female
  • Catchphrase: “what what”
  • Favorite styles: Cool and Elegant
  • Favorite colors: Black and Purple
  • Hobby: Music

Cherry is a female big sister villager that first appeared in New Leaf and still does in New Horizons. Her name may be a reference to her fur color. She is a red dog with black ears, teal eyes, and a purple nose. White marks appear on her left ear, resembling earrings. Her paws are black, and a gray mark appears on her left eye.

Cookie

“Don’t lose sight of what you’re after.”

  • Birthday: June 18 (Gemini)
  • Personality: Peppy
  • Gender: Female
  • Catchphrase: “arfer”
  • Favorite styles: Cute
  • Favorite colors: Green and Aqua
  • Hobby: Fashion

Cookie is one of the only two female peppy dog villagers. She first appeared in Doubutsu no Mori and appeared in all main games except for Wild World. She is a light pink dog all around except for the white stripe on her head. The stripe goes from the top towards her mouth, like a muzzle. Her tail and paws are white, and she has a brown nose and black eyes that sparkle.

Daisy

Daisy

“It’s not always a dog-eat-dog world.”

  • Birthday: November 16 (Scorpio)
  • Personality: Normal
  • Gender: Female
  • Catchphrase: “bow-WOW”
  • Favorite styles: Simple and Cute
  • Favorite colors: Colorful and Blue
  • Hobby: Education

Daisy is a female normal dog villager who first appeared in Doubutsu no Mori and appeared in all of the games, main entries, and spinoffs. She is a creamy white dog with black eyes that seem closed. Her eyebrows are tiny, bluish-gray, along with her ears and paws. Her tail and muzzle are white, however.

Frett

Frett

“I’m in the prime of my life.”

  • Birthday: October 30 (Scorpio)
  • Personality: Cranky
  • Gender: Male
  • Catchphrase: “goshers”
  • Favorite styles: Cool and Active
  • Favorite colors: Gray and Brown
  • Hobby: Music

Frett is a male cranky dog villager that only appeared in two games: Doubutsu no Mori e+ and Animal Crossing: New Horizons. He is mostly yellow, yet he has a white muzzle. His nose is brown, and his thick eyebrows and the tips of his ears are black.

Goldie

Goldie

“A little bit of happiness is better than a lot of anguish.”

  • Birthday: December 27 (Capricorn)
  • Personality: Normal
  • Gender: Female
  • Catchphrase: “woof”
  • Favorite styles: Simple and Cute
  • Favorite colors: Yellow and Orange
  • Hobby: Nature

Goldie is a female normal dog villager that has appeared in every game in the series. Despite having a generic appearance like everyone else, her look is based on a Golden Retriever, a dog breed. She is a golden dog with brown eyes and a nose. Her muzzle, ears, and paws are light brown.

Lucky

Lucky

“Don’t bite the hand that feeds you.”

  • Birthday: November 4 (Scorpio)
  • Personality: Lazy
  • Gender: Male
  • Catchphrase: “rrr-owch”
  • Favorite styles: Simple
  • Favorite colors: Beige and White
  • Hobby: Play

Lucky is a male lazy dog villager who appears in all Animal Crossing games. He is a black dog, although he is mostly covered in bandages. The only parts you can see from him are his black ears and his glowing yellow eye peeking out of the bandages. Egyptian mummies might inspire his motif.

Mac

Mac

“Sometimes life is rough.”

  • Birthday: November 11 (Scorpio)
  • Personality: Jock
  • Gender: Male
  • Catchphrase: “woo woof”
  • Favorite styles: Active and Cool
  • Favorite colors: Red and Black
  • Hobby: Fitness

Mac is the only male jock dog villager that appears in New Horizons. He first appeared in City Folk and also made an appearance in New Leaf. His appearance is possibly inspired by a Bernese Mountain Dog or a bulldog, both dog breeds. He is mostly brown with white paws and a muzzle.

Maddie

Maddie

“The IT revolution is underway.”

  • Birthday: January 11 (Capricorn)
  • Personality: Peppy
  • Gender: Female
  • Catchphrase: “yippee”
  • Favorite styles: Simple and Cute
  • Favorite colors: Purple and Pink
  • Hobby: Play

Maddie is a female peppy dog villager that appears in all of the main games of the series except for Wild World and City Folk. She has brown fur, but her face and legs are light browns. She has a triangular black nose and eyes and curved brown eyebrows. She sports a huge smile everywhere she goes.

Marcel

Marcel

“There’s not a dog so bad that he won’t wag his tail.”

  • Birthday: December 31 (Capricorn)
  • Personality: Lazy
  • Gender: Male
  • Catchphrase: “non”
  • Favorite styles: Simple and Cool
  • Favorite colors: Green and Blue
  • Hobby: Play

Marcel is a male lazy dog villager who makes his first appearance in Animal Crossing: City Folk and appears in New Leaf. His catchphrase, appearance, and name may refer to a famous French mime known as Marcel Marceau. He has dark green fur and a white painted face similar to a mime’s. His face, along with his house, might also reference a Japanese festival mask.

Portia

Portia

“Charity begins at home.”

  • Birthday: October 25 (Scorpio)
  • Personality: Snooty
  • Gender: Female
  • Catchphrase: “ruffian”
  • Favorite styles: Elegant and Gorgeous
  • Favorite colors: Purple and Black
  • Hobby: Fashion

Portia is the only female snooty dog villager in the entire series up to New Horizons. She appears in all of the games except for Pocket Camp. She has white fur with gray spots over her body, similar to that of a Dalmatian, a dog breed. She also has yellow sclera and a black nose.

Shep

Shep

“Even dogs won’t get in the middle of true love.”

  • Birthday: November 24 (Sagittarius)
  • Personality: Smug
  • Gender: Male
  • Catchphrase: “baa baa baa”
  • Favorite styles: Simple and Cool
  • Favorite colors: Aqua and Blue
  • Hobby: Education

Shep is the only male smug dog villager in the entire series up to New Horizons. He first appeared in New Leaf and made appearances in Happy Home Designer and Amiibo Festival. His appearance resembles that of a sheepdog, a dog breed. He has dark brown fur and light-brown hair, covering his eyes and most of his hair. He has light brown paws on his legs and arms.

Walker

Walker

“The dog wags his tail, not for you, but for your bread.”

  • Birthday: June 10 (Gemini)
  • Personality: Lazy
  • Gender: Male
  • Catchphrase: “wuh”
  • Favorite styles: Simple
  • Favorite colors: Orange and Red
  • Hobby: Play

Walker is a male lazy dog villager who debuts in Doubutsu no Mori e+. Since his debut, he has appeared in all subsequent games except for Pocket Camp. His fur is black and white, and his eyes are blue. His paws, face, and belly are white, while his ears are black.

Who are the Dog Villagers not in Animal Crossing: New Horizons?

Not every dog villager in the entire Animal Crossing series has made an appearance in the latest entry. Out of the 20 total dog villagers, three of them are not in New Horizons. Below are their important details like their birthday (if they have one), their last game appearance, and more.

Bow

Bow

Bow does not have a favorite catchphrase or birthday since the game he made his last appearance in does not have these attributes.

  • Birthday: N/A (Leo)
  • Personality: Lazy
  • Gender: Male
  • Catchphrase: “バウ” (“bau” in Romaji)
  • Favorite styles: Fresh
  • Favorite colors: N/A
  • Last game appearance: Doubutsu no Mori e+

Bow is a male lazy dog villager whose only appearance is in Doubutsu no Mori e+. He does not appear after his debut game. He is a yellow dog, but his face is green like a monochrome LCD screen. He has brown ears, his paws are white and brown, and his stomach is white.

Masa

Masa

Masa does not have a favorite catchphrase or birthday since the game he made his last appearance in does not have these attributes.

  • Birthday: N/A (Pisces)
  • Personality: Jock
  • Gender: Male
  • Catchphrase: “てもんだ” (“te monda” in Romaji)
  • Favorite styles: Subtle
  • Favorite colors: N/A
  • Last game appearance: Doubutsu no Mori e+

Masa is a male jock dog villager who only appears in Doubutsu no Mori e+. He is a brown dog with a black nose who is always wearing a black cap. His muzzle and his paws on his legs and arms are light brown, and he has black details around his mouth that resemble whiskers of some sort.

Megumi

Megumi

Megumi does not have a favorite catchphrase or birthday since the game he made his last appearance in does not have these attributes.

  • Birthday: N/A (Aries)
  • Personality: Peppy
  • Gender: Female
  • Catchphrase: “きゅん” (“kyun” in Romaji)
  • Favorite styles: Cute
  • Favorite colors: N/A
  • Last game appearance: Doubutsu no Mori e+

Megumi, like the previous dog villagers, made her only appearance in Doubutsu no Mori e+. She is a female peppy dog villager whose fur is light pink. She has dark pink paws, her belly is white, and her ears and the top of her head are dark-pink. She also has rosy cheeks and dark eyes.

Who are the Special Dog Characters in Animal Crossing?

Throughout the Animal Crossing games, there are special characters that aid you in your journey. They are special from the rest of the villagers because they do not move in and have a house of their own. Instead, they are either on your island by default or available to be invited to build a facility like a museum.

There are special characters that belong to the dog species. They are listed down below with important details such as their birthdays, their role, and more.

Booker

Booker

“Bring all lost property to the police station.”

  • Birthday: April 23 (Taurus)
  • Gender: Male
  • Roles: Police officer, Guard
  • Alias: Officer Booker; Lieutenant Booker
  • Dog breed: Bulldog

Booker is a brown bulldog who acts as the police officer in Animal Crossing and New Leaf, and in Wild World and City Folk, he works as a guard. Yet throughout all the games he makes an appearance in, he guards the lost and found section. In New Horizons, he can only be summoned by scanning his Amiibo card through The Roost. His name is a play on the word book, which means to arrest someone.

Copper

Copper

“No dog is above the law.”

  • Birthday: June 28 (Cancer)
  • Gender: Male
  • Roles: Police officer, Guard, Morning aerobics
  • Alias: Officer Copper
  • Dog breed: Akita

Copper is a police officer that resembles a brown Akita, Japan’s national dog. He works with Booker in all the games they both appear in except for New Leaf. Like Booker, he works as the police officer in Animal Crossing and New Leaf, and in Wild World and City Folk, he works as a guard.

When his Amiibo card is scanned, he always appears with Booker, and the same goes for Booker’s card. His name is a play on the word copper, which is a slang word for a police officer.

Digby

Digby

“Two-bedroom, two-bath home for rent! Inquire within!”

  • Birthday: December 10 (Sagittarius)
  • Gender: Male
  • Roles: Happy Home Showcase Attendant, Nook’s Homes Employee
  • Alias: N/A
  • Dog breed: Shih Tzu

Digby is a brown Shih Tzu dog and Isabelle’s twin. He has pink freckles on his cheeks, a white muzzle, and dark brown ears. In Animal Crossing: New Leaf, he works at the Happy Home Showcase, a plaza that allows you to visit the houses of other players you connected with through StreetPass, a Nintendo 3DS feature.

In Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer, he works as a Nook’s Home employee alongside other characters such as Lyle and Lottie. He does not have a role in New Horizons, but you can summon him to the Roost if you scan his Amiibo card.

DJ KK

DJ KK

“DJ KK on the decks tonight! Is everyone out there havin’ a good time?” – Wisp imitating DJ KK.

  • Birthday: August 23 (Virgo)
  • Gender: Male
  • Roles: Song Remixes
  • Alias: N/A
  • Dog breed: Jack Russell Terrier

DJ KK is K.K. Slider’s alter ego that first appears in New Leaf. The key difference between this alter ego and his regular identity is that DJ KK plays on a turntable, while K.K. Slider plays with a guitar. Since DJ KK is an alter ego, he has the same appearance as K.K. Slider except for the clothes. He has white fur and black eyebrows, but he wears an orange beanie and black glasses.

In New Leaf, he performs remixes of his tracks for you to listen to in Club LOL every day from 8 PM to 6 AM. On Saturdays, he is not in the club as he performs like the regular K.K. He can appear as a client in Happy Home Paradise, and he can be invited to The Roost by scanning his Amiibo card.

Harriet

Harriet

“Fine hair makes fine animals.”

  • Birthday: January 31 (Aquarius)
  • Gender: Female
  • Roles: Shampoodle Staff
  • Alias: N/A
  • Dog breed: Poodle

Harriet is a pink poodle who works in Shampoodle, a barbershop that appears in Wild World, City Folk, and New Leaf. She can change various elements of your appearance, such as your eye color, hairstyle, and more. Her name is a play on the word “hair,” which reflects her profession as a hairstylist.

In New Horizons, she initially does not appear, but after the 2.0 update, she is on the plaza in Harv’s Island. When you open up a stop, she can provide you with seven exclusive hairstyles that you can choose from.

Harvey

Harvey

“Those who never question don’t know a thing.”

  • Birthday: August 2 (Leo)
  • Gender: Male
  • Roles: Campground Host, Owner of Harv’s Island
  • Alias: Harv
  • Dog breed: English Cocker Spaniel

Harvey resembles an English Cocker Spaniel who looks groovy with his hippie appearance. He wears a red headband and blue-tinted round glasses. He first appears in New Leaf during the Welcome Amiibo update, where he acts as the host of the Campground. In New Leaf, he lives on Harv’s Island.

You can access Harv’s Island by flying to it through your airport. On the island, you can find Photopia, a large house with rooms you can design. You can also find the plaza on his island, where you can invite other characters to erect a shop like Leif, Redd, Katrina, Tortimer, and more.

Isabelle

Isabelle

“A good attitude will always take you further than a bad habit.”

  • Birthday: December 20 (Sagittarius)
  • Gender: Female
  • Roles: Town Hall Secretary, Head of the Civic Consultation Counter in the Resident Services
  • Alias: N/A
  • Dog breed: Shih Tzu

Isabelle is a yellow Shih Tzu with floppy ears and a ponytail on her head tied using a ribbon with a bell on top. Wherever she walks, you can hear the bells on her ribbon jingle. Her head resembles a bag of bells, the currency in Animal Crossing, and as such, her name is a pun on that. She is an iconic character of the series, even being a fighter in Super Smash Brothers Ultimate.

She first appears in New Leaf, where she acts as the Town Hall Secretary who helps you, the mayor, in your duties. She will give you optional tasks and aid you in earning your development permit. In New Horizons, she is the Head of the Civic Consultation Counter in the Resident Services building, where you can adjust various elements of your island such as ordinances, island tune, flag, and more.

K.K. Slider

K.K. Slider

“I don’t ask for much. A stool to sit on, a song to sing, and some folks gathered ’round to hear it.”

  • Birthday: August 23 (Gemini)
  • Gender: Male
  • Roles: Song Producer
  • Alias: Totakeke; K.K.
  • Dog breed: Jack Russell Terrier

K.K. Slider is another iconic figure in the Animal Crossing series. He appears in every game and even in the 2006 film. He is a white Jack Russell Terrier whose design and name are inspired by Animal Crossing’s sound designer Kazumi Totaka. Throughout the series, he serves as the character who produces the songs in the game.

In New Horizons, you can find him every Saturday in front of the Resident Services building, sitting on a stool while playing with his guitar, which is his main instrument. After the 2.0 update, K.K. Slider has 107 songs that you can access. In the original Animal Crossing, he will reveal that his true name is Totakeke, which suggests that “K.K. Slider” is merely a stage name.

Serena

Serena Dog Villagers in Animal Crossing

“Oh, good! K… Here you go! Silver axes are pretty nice, too. Definitely up there in the whole precious-metal-ax scene. See how it cuts for yourself! B’bye, now!”

  • Birthday: Unknown
  • Gender: Female
  • Roles: Axe Upgrader
  • Alias: N/A
  • Dog breed: Chihuahua

Serena is a white Chihuahua who wears a white dress. She has large, blue, sparkling eyes and wears golden jewelry on her ears and head. She only appears in one game, which is City Folk, where she can upgrade your ax to a golden or a silver one.

You can make her appear by throwing an ax in the town fountain. As she appears, she will ask you a couple of questions and will let you choose between her left or right hand. She will then either give you a silver ax, a golden ax, your standard ax, or nothing at all.

Frequently Asked Questions

Question: How do I Get Dog Villagers in Animal Crossing?

Answer: In New Horizons, there is no definite way to get a certain species as your villager unless you have their Amiibo card. If you are lucky, you can perhaps witness a dog villager in your campsite which you can invite to your island. Otherwise, you can look for one through mystery islands that you can go to through the island airport.

Question: Who is the Cutest Dog villager in Animal Crossing?

Answer: I think that Goldie is the cutest among all of them because I love golden retrievers. They are such gentle pets, and I can see Goldie as a kind villager. I also think that Lucky is cute because of his unique look and because he shares the same name as my dog. Shep is another cute dog villager as I adore his look.

Question: How Many Dog Villagers are in Animal Crossing: New Horizons?

Answer: There are 17 dog villagers in New Horizons. Six of them are lazy, three are normal, two are peppy, two are cranky, one is a jock, one is smug, one is snooty, and one is a big sister. Seven of them are female, while the other ten are male.

Conclusion on Dog Villagers in Animal Crossing

There are 20 dog villagers throughout the series, but in New Horizons, only 17 of them appear. Below are some quick facts about the common attributes between them.

In general, the most common personality is lazy, with six of them being lazy villagers. Most of them are male, and the most common birth month is on November. The most common favorite style is simple clothing, while the most common favorite color is blue and purple.

Personality

  • Six (35.3%) are lazy
  • Three (17.65%) are normal
  • Two (11.8%) are peppy
  • Two (11.8%) are cranky
  • One (5.88%) is a jock
  • One (5.88%) is smug
  • One (5.88%) is snooty
  • One (5.88%) is a big sister

Gender

  • Seven (41.2%) are female
  • Ten (58.8%) are male

Birthdays

  • One (5.88%) was born on January
  • Two (11.8%) were born on May
  • Two (11.8%) were born on June
  • Two (11.8%) were born on August
  • Three (17.65%) were born on October
  • Five (29.1%) were born on November
  • Two (11.8%) were born on December

Favorite style (Note that Most Villagers Have Two Preferred Favorite Styles)

  • Twelve (70.6%) prefer Simple clothing
  • Seven (41.2%) prefer Cool clothing
  • Five (29.1%) prefer Cute clothing
  • Two (11.8%) prefer Gorgeous clothing
  • Two (11.8%) prefer Elegant clothing
  • Two (11.8%) prefer Active clothing

Favorite Color (Note That All of Them Have Two Favorite Colors)

  • Four (23.5%) love blue
  • Four (23.5%) love purple
  • Three (29.1%) love aqua
  • Three (29.1%) love black
  • Three (29.1%) love green
  • Three (29.1%) love red
  • Two (11.8%) love beige
  • Two (11.8%) love brown
  • Two (11.8%) love colorful
  • Two (11.8%) love gray
  • Two (11.8%) love orange
  • Two (11.8%) love white
  • One (5.88%) love pink
  • One (5.88%) love yellow

Find out more about Animal Crossing characters on these guides below:

Filbert in Animal Crossing: The Only Lazy Squirrel

Ultimate Guide to Poppy in Animal Crossing

Ketchup Animal Crossing

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