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I am making a druid and I'm trying to decide between having a riding dog and a wolf as an animal companion. Can dwarves ride riding dogs? That could be the deciding factor.

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No. Dwarves and riding dogs are the same size, therefore are not compatible.

According to Rules of the Game:

A mount must be at least one size category bigger than the rider.

This is also on page 204 of the Dungeon Master's Guide:

At least one size category larger than the character. Also, a flying mount can carry no more than a light load aloft.


Riding Dogs are Size/Type: Medium/Animal

Dwarves are Size/Type: Medium/Humanoid (Dwarf)

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    \$\begingroup\$ I'm pretty sure Share Spells doesn't work like that, for this instance; enlarge person doesn't have "a target of 'You'" and the other use of Share Spells would require the druid to also gain a size category--so it wouldn't make the dog any more ridable for the dwarf. (Unless the dwarf in question isn't the druid whose animal companion the dog is, but I'm not reading the question that way.) The first bit of the answer is spot on, though! \$\endgroup\$ – BESW Sep 7 '15 at 5:13
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    \$\begingroup\$ I just asked this question to see if there's precedent for the druid being able to dismiss enlarge person from himself while retaining it on the dog. (But Share Spell may introduce complications to the rule which the basic "multi-target dismissal" scenario doesn't cover.) \$\endgroup\$ – BESW Sep 7 '15 at 5:36
  • \$\begingroup\$ @BESW Be I a DM, I'd readily allow such use of enlarge person. Worth a question on it's own may be? \$\endgroup\$ – annoying imp Sep 7 '15 at 15:38
  • \$\begingroup\$ Man that's dissapointing. Imagine just seeing a dwarf riding towards you on a dog....I'd be scared oh well wolf it is \$\endgroup\$ – Jayjay Sep 8 '15 at 7:05
  • \$\begingroup\$ @Jayjay Wolves are medium size as well. \$\endgroup\$ – Ruut Sep 9 '15 at 10:59
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Medium load capacity for a riding dog is 100–200 lbs., and over 200 is a heavy load. The Player's Handbook says dwarves are slightly lighter than humans which range between 125-250. Think Gimli from the Lord of the Rings on a St. Bernard. Doubtful he could carry you very fast or very far.

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    \$\begingroup\$ As noted in Ruut's answer, it doesn't matter what the carrying capacity is as a dwarf and a riding dog are the same size category. \$\endgroup\$ – Philip Kendall Sep 7 '15 at 6:20

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