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Attack Dog
  • Allied Attack Dogs (German Shepherds)
  • Soviet Attack Dogs (Siberian Huskies)
Unit
Affiliation

Allies
Soviets

Role

Anti-infantry scout

Armament

Teeth

Protection

Natural skin

Tier

1

Tech level

2

Properties
Hit points

100

Armour type

N/A

Amphibious

No

Production
Cost

$200

Build time

0:08

Produced by

Allied Barracks
Soviet Barracks

Combat
Ground attack

30 (ParasiteDog)

Cooldown

30

Speed

8

Attack range

1.5

Sight range

9

Function
Abilities

Detect Spy
Immune to mind control

RA2 Allied Attack Dog Icons
RA2 Soviet Attack Dog Icons

During the Third World War, both the Allies and Soviets used Attack Dogs extensively. The Allies used German Shepherds, while the Soviets preferred Siberian Huskies.

Tactics

These powerful canines were raised from when they were pups to be killing machines, and performed extremely well against enemy troops, despite often taking heavy casualties under fire. They were very useful for reconnaissance purposes due to their speed, vision, and expendable status. They could also sniff out enemy Spies no matter what disguise they had taken on. They were of particular use during the Psychic Dominator Disaster, as Yuri's psychics were only trained in controlling human minds, and were vulnerable to dogs. Although dogs were not provided with any armour and died quickly when exposed to enemy fire, it was not usually a problem since the dogs were able to move and kill very quickly.

Counters

Being dogs armed with only their own teeth, they were unable to attack anything other than infantry. Groups of enemy troops were able to kill dogs before they got near, and Tanya, Navy SEALs and Boris could kill dogs instantly. Furthermore, the Brute's skin was too thick for a dog's teeth to pierce. Tesla Troopers, however, had weak points in their armor which dogs exploited to lethal effect.

Aftermath

The Allies still use them in the Post-war Crisis, while the Soviets replaced them with the War Bear. After Cherdenko changed the timeline, the Attack dog is now capable of swimming and are equipped with the ability to stun enemy infantry.

Assessment

Pros

  • Can kill any infantry instantly (including Commandos if they can get close enough).
  • Fast and cheap, priced at only $200, the same price as a GI
  • Cannot be mind-controlled.
  • Powerful in numbers.
  • Useful for reconnaissance purposes.
  • Can detect enemy Spies no matter what disguise they had taken on.
  • Can become a suicide unit if used with the Crazy Ivan, which is better than the Terrorist.
  • Can be used as a meat shield for other units, especially for vehicles since dogs are almost as fast as them.
  • Basic scouting unit.

Cons

  • Unable to attack anything other than infantry.
  • Groups of enemy troops are able to kill dogs before they get near.
  • Tanya, Navy SEALs, Snipers, Viruses, Boris, and Desolators could kill them instantly.
  • The Brute's skin is too thick, therefore they cannot attack it.
  • Susceptible to friendly fire when attacking enemy infantry that are fired upon by allies.

Trivia

  • When an attack dog kills a terrorist, the bomber would explode while the dog is not damaged in any way.
  • In Mental Omega 3.0 mod the dog can swim and therefore can be a threat to SEALs in large numbers.
  • The manual for The First Decade states that Yuri can use Attack Dogs. This is false; Yuri is the only faction that can't use them, employing Brutes instead.
    • On the other hand, Yuri is only faction that can train both Allied Attack Dogs and Soviet Attack Dogs if an Allied Barracks and Soviet Barracks are captured. Allies and Soviets can only train their corresponding type of Attack Dog, even if the opposite barracks is captured.
  • In real life, Siberian Husky is one of the worst possible breed choices for attack or guard dog: these dogs lack the territorial protection instinct, and are completely unaggressive towards humans, therefore they cannot be trained to perform direct combat duties.

Gallery

See also

RA2Alliedlogo Allied Third World War Arsenal RA2Alliedlogo
RA2Sovietlogo Soviet Third World War Arsenal RA2Sovietlogo

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