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The dogfolk are a clade of Rianths, of human form overall but with a somewhat modified dog's head, and sometimes a tail. Dogfolk have both dog-like and human senses, so they have good eyesight, hearing and a good sense of smell. They are omnivorous like humans, but prefer meat.

There are many different subclades of dogfolk; they refer to themselves as 'breeds' although most subclades are the product of genetic engineering rather than breeding. Some 'breeds' are highly sociable, and live in packs or close-knit tribes; others are solitary, coming together only to mate or exchange information. Many modern 'breeds' have superbright levels of intelligence.

The first dogfolk appeared in the Late Interplanetary Age in the Saturnian system.

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Small populations of dogfolk may be found on many worlds, where their acute senses and hunting skills allow them to find employment as specialised soldiers, secret agents or private investigators.

A small colony can be found in the Rufus system; larger populations exist in Cableville and Kepleria, artificial worlds with large land areas where this asocial clade can find plenty of room to be alone in.

The term 'dog-folk' is also sometimes applied to various werewolf clades, although these tend to prefer the term 'wolf-kin' among their own kind.

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Text by Steve Bowers
Initially published on 23 June 2009.