Canin Sighthound (3.5e Template)

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Canin Sighthound[edit]

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Slender, quick running Canin with excellent eye sight

Canin come in many different breeds and many of these breeds fall into different categories, similar to regular dogs. The hounds can be further divided into two subcategories: Scent Hound and Sighthound. Sighthounds rely on sight and speed far more than they do on smell and are some of the fastest and most agile of the Canin or other canine-like creatures. Canin Sighthounds have a very flexible back and long legs for a long stride, a deep chest to support an unusually (compared to other Canin) large heart, very efficient lungs for both anaerobic and aerobic sprints, and a lean, wiry body to keep their weight at a minimum. Sighthounds have unique anatomical and physiological features likely due to intentional selection for hunting by speed and sight. Their heads are long and slender, with the breadth being less than 75-80% of the length, giving them wider field of vision but smaller overlap between the eyes and therefore possibly poorer depth perception in some of their field of view than other Canin. Some hounds are born as Sighthounds while others, even if they are members of a breed that would technically qualify, obtain the template later through rigorous training to increase their abilities.

The sighthound type includes the following breeds (some names may need to be changed. Use whatever is most appropriate to your setting):

Afghan Hound, Azawakh, Borzoi, Chart Polski, Galgo Español, Greyhound, Hortaya Borzaya, Irish Wolfhound, Italian Greyhound (the smallest of the Sighthounds. This one is Tiny), Magyar agár, Rajapalayam, Saluki, Scottish Deerhound, Silken Windbound, Sloughi, Whippet, Chippiparai, Kana, Khalag Tazi, Mudhol Hound, Old Croatian Sighthound, Rajapalayam, Rampur Greyhound, Taigan

Creating a Canin Sighthound[edit]

Canin Sighthound is an inherited or acquired template that can be added to any Canin or dog-like humanoid or monstrous humanoid (hereafter referred to as the base creature) whose breed (chosen at character creation) is a hound that would qualify as a sighthound. A Sighthound uses all the base creatures statistics and abilities except as noted here.

Size and Type[edit]

Size and Type: The base creature’s size and type remains unchanged. Do not recalculate BAB, Saves, or Skill Points

Hit Dice[edit]

Same as base creature


+30 to Base Speed

Armor Class[edit]

Same as base creature


Same as base creature

Full Attack[edit]

Same as base creature

Special Attacks[edit]

Same as base creature

Special Qualities[edit]

A Sighthound retains all of the special qualities of the base creature and also gains those as described below

Improved Low-Light Vision: A Canin Sighthound can see three as far as a human in starlight, moonlight, torchlight, and similar conditions of poor illumination. He retains the ability to distinguish color and detail under these conditions.

Environmental Intolerance: Due to their lack of body fat, Canin Sighthounds are very sensitive to extreme temperatures, both heat and cold. As soon as they suffer any damage from heat or cold environmental hazards, they are considered exhausted instead of fatigued. Additionally, a Sighthound not properly equipped to counteract the heat or cold must attempt a Fortitude saving throw every 30 minutes (DC 15, +1 for each previous check). Failure means that the character loses 2d4 hit points. Heavy clothing or armor provides a –8 penalty on saves against heat but grants a +4 equipment bonus on saves against cold. A character who succeeds at a Survival check (DC 15) gains a +4 competence bonus on the save (see the Survival skill). Searing heat or bitter cold (desert or arctic conditions) forces a character to make a Fortitude save every 5 minutes. Failure means that the character loses 2d6 hit points. Appropriate clothing and successful use of the Survival skill can modify the save, as noted above.

Poison Intolerance: Canin Sighthounds are very sensitive to poisons. They take -4 Penalty on all Saving Throws against Poison.

Certain breeds also gain additional special qualities as described below

Italian Greyhound:

Slight Build: The physical stature of Canin Sighthounds lets them function in many ways as if they were one size category smaller. Whenever a Canin Sighthound is subject to a size modifier or special size modifier for an opposed check (such as Hide), the Sighthound is treated as one size smaller if doing so is advantageous to the character. A Sighthound is also considered to be one size smaller when "squeezing" through a restrictive space. A Sighthound can use weapons designed for a creature one size smaller without penalty. However, the space and reach of a Sighthound remain those of a creature of their actual size. The benefits of this racial trait stack with the effects of powers, abilities, and spells that change the subject's size category.

Fragile: Due to their builds, Canin Sighthounds can be injured more easily than other breeds. They subtract 1 from their hit points gained at each level, including first (to a minimum of 0)

Quick Reflexes: Italian Greyhounds gain Lightning Reflexes as a bonus feat


Rapid Movement: Being the fastest of all of the Canin Sighthounds (and Canin in general), the Greyhound gains an additional +20 to their Base Speed. This stacks with increases to Base Speed from other sources (such as the Barbarian’s Fast Movement)


Bully Mutation: While the mutation is still rare, Whippets have a higher chance of being born with the mutation that causes the effects of Canin Bully Breed than other Canin Breeds. At character creation, Whippets have a 30% chance of having the Canin Bully Breed Template automatically applied (which would raise their Level Adjustment to +2)


+4 Dexterity, +4 Wisdom, -4 Strength, -4 Constitution: Canin Sighthounds are faster, more agile, and more quick witted than most other Canin. However, due to their slender builds they are fairly fragile and lack the strength of other breeds


+4 Innate Bonus on Spot checks, +2 Racial Bonus on Escape Artist checks, +2 Racial Bonus on Search checks


Canin Scenthounds gain Run, Dash, and Fleet of Foot as bonus feats


Same as base creature


Same as base creature

Challenge Rating[edit]

CR +2


Same as base creature


Same as base creature


By character class

Level Adjustment[edit]

Level Adjustment: +1

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