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All new features in Minecraft dog update

A new change for a crafter's best friend.

Although there are plenty of species to discover in the Overworld, animals are limited to one variant type. While ocelots only exhibit spotted coats, wolves solely feature white-colored appearances. However, Minecraft’s dog update changes up this classic dynamic with eight variations, and we’re here to explain its new features.

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What’s new in Minecraft dog update?

Each new wolf variant spans Minecraft’s various biomes, including the Badlands, Forest, and snowy environments. The original white-colored dog, now known as “the pale wolf,” continues to linger in the Taiga locations. But if you are looking for a specific type, you must venture to its corresponding area. These features are only available in Minecraft Beta, Preview, or SnapShot.

To see the new wolf types in the Minecraft dog update, here’s what to expect:

Rusty Wolf – Jungle biome

Rusty wolf in Minecraft
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Spotted Wolf – Savanna biome

Spotted Wolf in Minecraft
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Black Wolf – Old Growth Pine Taiga

Black Wolf in Minecraft
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Striped Wolf – Badlands

Striped Wolf in Minecraft
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Snowy Wolf – Grove biome

Snowy Wolf in Minecraft
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Ashen Wolf – Snowy Taiga

Ashen Wolf in Minecraft
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Woods Wolf – Forest biome

Woods Wolf in Minecraft
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Chestnut Wolf – Old Growth Spruce Taiga

Chestnut Wolf in Minecraft
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Some wolf variants may be more challenging to obtain, specifically with the Black Wolf’s night camouflage. Going out in the day is better for clearer visuals and safety from the hostile mobs. Moreover, the snowy biomes present Powder Snow, which acts as quicksand, so be mindful of your surroundings. Be sure to bring a few bones, too, to get the animals on your side.

Wolf breeding also changed alongside the Minecraft dog update, separating from the standard white-colored puppies. It could be possible to unlock one of the new variants this way, depending on which ones are used for reproduction.

For protection, Version 1.21 introduces wolf armor for all these animals, similar to horse armor. Instead of the standard 20 health meter, mutts with equipped gear now include 40 hearts to maximize their life span. Armor can be mended over time with the latest Armadillo scutes without the need to take it on and off.

Minecraft’s new dog update features can be tested in the Snapshot, Preview, or Beta. Nevertheless, the mechanics continue to be adjusted while Mojang Studios prepares it for full release.


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