The most & least pettable dogs in video games


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Making friends with humans was a smart evolutionary move by dogs. We’ve kept them by our side, learning from and caring for each other. And now they’re coming with us to the virtual realm, too.

Dogs in video games make sense. A pixelated pup offers companionship through this often-solitary pastime. They offer humor when things get tough. A virtual dog is a shortcut to emotional investment in an otherwise alien digital play park. So why do games developers insist on making their virtual dogs unpettable? Are they afraid we’ll be too busy mashing the ‘tummy rub’ button on the joypad to fulfill our primary mission?

Here at Protect My Paws, we are big fans of Can You Pet the Dog?, a Twitter account that catalogs which video game dogs you can and can’t pet in-game. We analyzed their data to create an instant guide to the best pettable pooches and the dogs that gamers wish they could pet the most.

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All data on dogs featured in video games and whether or not you can pet them was collated from the Can You Pet The Dog? Twitter account and their game reviews on Steam, which were later cross-referenced with the tweets.

A total of 463 tweets mentioning dogs and in video games were analyzed, recording the number of likes for each tweet using Twitter API. Platform availability of each game was looked up on IGDB. Only games and dogs with the highest number of likes for tweets about them are featured.

Data collected in June 2021.

We’ll start with the most pettable dogs!

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10. Pet the Pup at the Party

Tweet Likes: 37,147

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9. Ordem Paranormal: Enigma do Medo

Tweet Likes: 38,010

Image Credit: Dumativa.

8. Astral Chain

Tweet Likes: 38,685

Image Credit: Platinum Games / Nintendo.

7. Enter the Gungeon

Tweet Likes: 45,1000

Image Credit: Dodge Roll / Devolver Digital.

6. Assassin’s Creed Valhalla

Tweet Likes: 49,503

Image Credit: Ubisoft.

5. Overland

Tweet Likes: 52,924

Image Credit: Finji.

4. Monster Hunter Rise

Tweet Likes: 52,972

Image Credit: Capcom.

3. Far Cry 6

Tweet Likes: 73,544

Image Credit: Ubisoft.

2. Dog Petting Simulator

Tweet Likes: 77,905

Image Credit: Studio Cacti.

1. Luigi’s Mansion 3

Tweet Likes: 124,729

Image Credit: Nintendo.

But You Can’t Pet These Video Game Dogs

“I was frustrated that [The Division 2] purposely put dogs in a poor situation, meant to evoke empathy from the player, but there was no way to comfort or care for these hungry, frightened creatures,” Can You Pet the Dog?’s author told The Guardian. This notion comes at a moment when developers are wondering why video games near-exclusively tap into the ‘fight or flight’ instinct rather than our impulse to ‘tend and befriend.’

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10. Final Fantasy VII (Remake)

Tweet Likes: 12,001

Image Credit: Square Enix / PlayStation.

9. Minecraft

Tweet Likes: 12,655

Image Credit: Mojang Studios.

8. Genshin Impact

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7. The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening (2019)

Tweet Likes: 24,471

Image Credit: Nintendo.

6. Yoshi’s Crafted World

Tweet Likes: 25,091

Image Credit: Nintendo.

5. Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare (2007)

Tweet Likes: 26,443

Image Credit: Infinity Ward / Activision.

4. Among Us

Tweet Likes: 28,809

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3. Doom Eternal

Tweet Likes: 37,041

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2. Shadow of the Colossus

Tweet Likes: 42,573

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1. Bloodborne

Tweet Likes: 45,103

Want to see a breakdown of video game dogs by console? You can find that here, too!


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