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Nintendogs lets you take care of virtual pets (dogs, obviously) on your Nintendo DS. You can train your puppies by speaking commands into the microphone, pat the pooch with the Stylus, play games like "fetch" with a frisbee, buy toys, food, and accessories, and take part in 3 types of competition to win trophies.

If there are other Nintendo DS users with Nintendogs nearby with both of you in "Bark Mode", you can link the games wirelessly and see your and their dog meeting on both screens.

You initially only have 6 (US/EU), 5 (JP) of the 18 (US/EU), 15 (JP) breeds available when you start playing the game (the six breeds being determined by the version of the game), but as you progress, you unlock more breeds and items to buy. If you connect with another user that has another breed of dog not available to you then their dog's breed will be unlocked for you.

The available versions for purchase are:

Japanese Versions:
  • Chihuahua & Friends: Beagle, Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Chihuahua, Labrador Retriever, Shih Tzu.
  • Miniature Dachshund & Friends: German Shepherd, Miniature Dachshund, Miniature Schnauzer, Pug, Yorkshire Terrier.
  • Shiba & Friends: Miniature Pinscher, Pembroke Welsh Corgi, Shetland Sheepdog, Shiba Inu, Toy Poodle.
North American and European Versions:
  • Chihuahua & Friends: Boxer, Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Chihuahua, German Shepherd, Shetland Sheepdog, Yorkshire Terrier.
  • Dachshund & Friends: Beagle, Golden Retriever, Miniature Dachshund, Pug, Shih Tzu, Siberian Husky.
  • Lab & Friends: Labrador Retriever, Miniature Pinscher, Miniature Schnauzer, Pembroke Welsh Corgi, Shiba Inu, Toy Poodle.
  • Best Friends Version (North America - bundled with DS): Beagle, German Shepherd, Golden Retriever, Labrador Retriever, Miniature Dachshund, Yorkshire Terrier.
  • Dalmatian & Friends: Dalmatian, Boxer, German Shepherd, Golden Retriever, Yorkshire Terrier, Beagle.
In addition to all the breeds listed above, there are two more breeds that can be unlocked through various ways.


Nintendogs Nintendo DS Like real dogs, Nintendogs don't know when they look ridiculous.
Nintendogs Nintendo DS Your dog can bring you things it finds...
Nintendogs Nintendo DS Dogs can share!

Promo Images

Nintendogs Screenshot
Nintendogs Other
Nintendogs Wallpaper
Nintendogs Wallpaper

Alternate Titles

  • "ニンテンドッグス 柴&フレンズ" -- Japanese spelling (Shiba & Friends version)
  • "任天狗狗" -- iQue - Chinese spelling (simplified)
  • "任天狗" -- Chinese spelling (simplified)
  • "Rèntiāngǒu Gǒu" -- iQue - Chinese title
  • "Puppy Times" -- Working title
  • "ニンテンドッグス ダックス&フレンズ" -- Japanese spelling (Dachs & Friends version)
  • "ニンテンドッグス チワワ&フレンズ" -- Japanese spelling (Chihuahua & Friends version)
  • "ニンテンドッグス" -- Japanese spelling

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User Reviews

An Endearingly Clever Pet Simulator. Guy Chapman (1997) 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars

Critic Reviews

Edutaining Kids Aug, 2005 A+ 100
GameSpot Aug 19, 2005 9.1 out of 10 91
64 Power / big.N / N Games Sep, 2005 90 out of 100 90
Gamezine Aug 21, 2005 17 out of 20 85 Jan 23, 2006 8.5 out of 10 85
Gamereactor (Sweden) Oct 04, 2005 8 out of 10 80 Oct 06, 2005 16 out of 20 80
The Game Hoard May 05, 2022 5 out of 7 71
GameSpy Aug 22, 2005 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70 Mar 13, 2007 3 out of 6 50


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1001 Video Games

Nintendogs appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.

References in other games

The Nintendogs appear as an assist trophy in the Wii game Super Smash Bros.: Brawl.


According to publisher Nintendo, Nintendogs sold 23.96 million copies worldwide (as of September 30, 2015).


  • 4Players
    • 2005 – Best Simulation of the Year
  • GameSpy
    • 2005 – Best Use of DS Hardware (Chihuahua & Friends version)
  • Golden Joystick Awards
    • 2006 - Family Game of the Year
    • 2006 - Girls' Choice Award

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EboMike (3120) added Nintendogs (Nintendo DS) on Sep 24, 2005
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