Better Dogs Resource Pack 1.17 / 1.16

At the time of writing this, the Better Dogs resource pack has been out for less than a month. However, it has received an incredible amount of praise from the community in this short time and already has more than 18,000 downloads. As more players realize how unique and extraordinary this texture pack is, we fully expect this number to increase exponentially. While most resource packs that you find in the Minecraft world make changes to the already existing game blocks and items, the Better Dogs resource pack takes things to a whole other level. This pack changes the wolves’ textures in the game and adds many more dog breeds that come in many different colors. Keep in mind, this is a resource pack, not a mod. This means it is easily installed, the same way you would usually install any other Minecraft resource pack. This pack is going to let you get a specific type of dog while you are playing Minecraft.

And the steps are simple. First, you are going to tame a wolf. This newly tamed wolf will turn into a random dog. In some cases, it will remain a wolf when tamed. If you want a specific breed of dog, you can change the dogs breed, and name it using name tags. To do this, the name tag must include one of the words on the “supported name tags list,” which you can find lower down on this page. The Better Dog resource pack comes in 16×16 resolution, which means you aren’t going to have to worry about performance drops. While this resource pack is made to work on virtually any device, it does require optifine to work regardless of the hardware capabilities. You may get a message asking if you are sure that you wish to load the pack as it was created for a newer or older version of Minecraft, click yes and the pack will load correctly. To ensure that this resource pack works the way you expect it to, enable custom entity models and random entities in Minecraft’s settings.

Better Dogs should be compatible with all of these Minecraft versions: 1.17.1 - 1.17 - 1.16.5 - 1.16.4 - 1.16.3 - 1.16.2 - 1.16.1 - 1.16

Better Dogs — Screenshots

How to install Better Dogs Resource Pack:

NOTE: Many resource packs require optifine to be preinstalled, so be sure to install it.
  1. Download the Better Dogs texture pack for Minecraft from the download section below. – if there are many different versions, just pick the one that you like or that you think your PC can handle
  2. Launch the game client through the Minecraft launcher.
  3. On the main menu, click "Options".
  4. On the options menu, click "Resource Packs...".
  5. Click on "Open Resource Pack Folder". – folder titled "resourcepacks" will pop up
  6. Move the .zip file you downloaded in the first step to the newly opened "resourcepacks" folder.
  7. Click "Done".
  8. Click on "Resource Packs..." again.
  9. Your pack should have appeared in the left window, just hover over it and click on the arrow pointing to the right.
  10. Click "Done" again.
  11. The pack has now been successfully loaded and ready to be used in your world!
  • To get all of these dog breeds to work, you must enable custom entity models and random entities in Options > Video Settings > Quality.
Supported name tags:
  • Wolf
  • Border collie (alternatives: Collie, bc)
  • Labrador retriever (alternatives: Labrador, Lab.)
  • Golden retriever (alternatives: Golden)
  • Husky
  • German shepherd (alternatives: Gshepherd, gs, gsd)
  • Corgi
  • Pug
  • Dalmatian
  • Samoyed
  • Beagle
  • Bull terrier (alternatives (easter egg): Walter)
  • Shiba Inu (alternatives: Shiba, Inu.)
  • Australian shepherd (alternatives: Ashepherd)
  • Dachshund (alternatives: Teckel, dackel)
  • Chihuahua
  • Cerberus
  • Skeleton (alternatives: Grimm)
  • Wither
  • Bulldog
  • Dobermann (alternatives: doberman, doberman pinscher, dobermann pinscher, dp)
  • Dobermanc (alternatives: dpc)
  • Cavalier king charles spaniel (alternatives: cavalier king charles, king charles spaniel, king charles, kc)
  • Great dane (alternatives: gd)
  • Great danec (alternatives: gdc)
  • Rottweiler
  • Neapolitan Mastiff (alternatives: nm)
  • West Highland White Terrier (alternatives: White terrier, Westie)
  • St Bernard (alternatives: Bernard)
  • Cairn terrier (alternatives: Cairn)
  • Boxer
  • Poodle
  • Bernese mountain dog (alternatives: Bernese, bmd)

Please pay attention to the fact that:

  • None of the resource packs, shader mods or tools you see on this website are hosted on our servers. We use download links (including direct download links) provided by official authors. Therefore, they are completely safe and secure.
  • We never modify or edit resource packs in any way.
  • Although we are using the official download links, they may stop working after new updates are released. In this case, you can always use the source links from the "Official Links" section until we update the download links. And yes, we update links regularly and manually for every resource pack you see on this site.
  • By leaving comments below and voting for the pack, you help the authors improve their project.
  • Credit for the creation of Better Dogs goes to Mrblueyeti.

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  1. KiddEddie

    the resource pack works with the wolf, but its just the wolf. I cant get any of the other dogs, even when i name them. They wont show

  2. Xillian

    Hey, if i use this Resourcepack my FPS drops from 120 to 20 … Please help…

  3. deceasped4

    i re downloaded the newest version of this texture pack and now all my dogs look like saint bernards on steroids with three heads please help

  4. superjuicy

    I have spawned several of the dog breed variety’s and each one has red carpet like lines that space out around the dog, making it look very awkward. I have intsalled optifine. please fix or help fix.

  5. OliLubAli

    epic textour pack

  6. matias

    I only see a few lines where the dog is supposed to be. If anybody knows a fix please tell me!

    1. Mountify

      you need optifine for the texture pack to work

  7. CartiVolt7

    Uhm i have a problem, everytime i pet a dog, the collar of the dog is very messy, it looks like the dog have thousands of carpets on his head

  8. Holly

    i have been trying to get this mod to work and is not.
    that hit to get it to work is useless and looks like I’m not the only one having trouble

    1. Admin (

      Just saying .. this is not a mod, it is a resource pack. Read the installation guide on this page and be sure to read the “Important” section on this page.

      1. Holly Millard

        yes have read the important section there is no quality settings in Minecraft(it mite be called something different know), can there be a revision on how to get this resource pack to function properly place.
        we would love to have this pack working, it looks so cool.

        1. Admin (

          We are sure that you have not installed optifine. If you did, make sure you are launching the Optifine client version and not vanilla.

          1. Holly Millard

            I finely got it work it was java, had to get java fix to fix’s it.

  9. spaget

    for me they just appear as gray sticks walking around

      1. Admin (

        To get all of these dog breeds to work, you must enable custom entity models and random entities in Options > Video Settings > Quality.

        1. Katashi

          what if its java edition?

          1. Admin (

            Our tip was for the Java version.

  10. Raven

    I have some problems with another resource pack. I use Mizunocraft 16 and when i use this resource pack with mizunocraft resource pack the wolves appear to be bugged. There’s something i can do for disable mizunocraft wolves texture? Or can i do something for resolve the conflict?

    1. Dazzle Ice

      Hey Raven, not sure if you’ve fixed the problem or not, but I had the same issue and I had to unzip the other resource pack I was using and then remove the textures for the wolf. Then I loaded the unzipped folder to my resource packs in Minecraft and it worked fine. In my case, the textures were located in assets->minecraft->optifine->random->entity->wolf. If you have that, or something similar, just delete the files (or move them to a new folder). Hope this helps.

  11. mecha

    can you add a labrodoodle?

  12. abbie

    I can’t find quality in the video settings

  13. Kodi

    I have OPTIFINE, but when I tame the dogs (I’ve tried like 50 times) It doesn’t change the breed neither does naming them with the nametag

    1. Admin (

      You need to enable custom entity models and random entities in the settings.

      1. Shelly

        I have the same problem, I have Optifine and Custom entity models and random entities enabled. They just stay as wolfs :(

  14. Noahbs04

    Performance issues

    When I use this resource pack my performance drops heavily. Even with no shaders or recourse packs enabled my frame are still quite low. Normally with no shaders or recourse packs I have 500 frames but then the frames drop to 123 when the dog pack is enabled. Any reason why its so heavy on the frames

  15. ant

    it only has wolves and they dont work when u name them. i have optifine

    1. Tcp

      you need to make sure custum models is turned on

  16. foxy2007b

    very nice but i dont understand how to get dogs i only have the wolfs

    1. EmFox

      right click with a bone on the wolf (often more than once) till he has a red collar.

  17. Skye

    I have optifine and they are beautiful models but when i try to use the name tag thing it dose nothing i tried everything please help me.

  18. Braj7313

    not working for me the dog is invisible

    1. MinecraftResourseReviewer

      samething happened to me

    2. bean

      that happened to me too

      1. floof

        same thing to me

    3. Tcp

      Make it so custom models are on

  19. Senna

    Does this resourcepack clash with shaders or mods? I have optifine and tried using this resourcepack yesterday, but the dogs looked very glitched out. I turned the custom & random entity settings off and on again, which fixed the wolves, but the tamed dogs still look strange.
    I also tried turning off all my other resourcepacks, but it didn’t fix the problem. Could anyone offer me any tips on how else I could fix this? I have Optifine installed, so that shouldn’t be the problem..

  20. Sam

    Can you still name the dogs names also?

  21. moon

    Is there any way to get a doberman/great dane with pointed ears without using a nametag? I’ve been spawning them in forever and none of the dobermans/danes I’ve seen have pointed ears, and I want to name it something else than dpc/gdc

  22. katie

    i spawned some and they were like stick figures

    1. emma

      you need to have Optifine, if not it’s not gonna work.

  23. hi

    I dont now how to do any of this
    oh i have education minecraft
    does it still work on education minecraft?

  24. ed

    naming the dogs isnt changing them, anyone know any fixes?

    1. Admin (

      You need Optifine.

      1. ed

        i have optifine

  25. Riley

    when I spawn the wolf it looks really good but when I tame it a bunch of lines from the hell hound comes up and mind you I have shaders on in the back and stuff like that I just really can’t find out why this doesn’t work

    1. Admin (

      Because you need optfine.
      This pack does not work without optfine.

    2. Senna

      I have the same problem! It’s quite a strange look. Did you manage to make it work in the end?
      I have Optifine, shaders and a few mods (which don’t change dogs btw) running, so I’m wondering if the shaders & mods are the problem :(

  26. _sangwoos_ashes

    it is really really cutw and good!
    i like that!!!!!

  27. mr man

    this is the best thing

  28. tourmaline teath

    The variety of canine is absurd and cute and what are all these pets doing running around in the forest i love it

  29. Greek

    It would be great if there was a choice to put the doberman’s ears up and pointed. It would mean a lot to me because my brother had a dog and it meant a lot to all of us and she had her ears up.

  30. dora

    when i spawn a wolf it just looks like a bunch of lines. i tried everything i think about but it just comes out as a bunch of lines, help please?

    1. kat

      I had the same issue but it turns out the pack needs optifine to work (it worked for me when i put optifine) also check the version of the game :)

  31. Chris

    How do I turn on custom entity models with OptiFine?

  32. Monster

    Are you planning on adding other dog breeds like the boxer or schnauzer?

  33. Nora

    Whenever I take a dog bred in the Nether out, it turns into a new dog, even if it’s not Cerberus, Wither, or Skeleton. Is this meant to happen?
    I also have a name suggestion to get Cerberus, Hades.

  34. Croy

    For some reason whenever i spawn a wolf it just looks like a bunch of lines. not a wolf at all. am i doing something wrong?

    1. sarah

      i belive you have to download optifine

  35. MyVy

    How do you change the dog breeds there is not description that tell you how

    1. Admin (

      There is. Read the second paragraph of the pack description on this page.

  36. Triton

    Why do my frames die when I have 10+ dogs of different variety?

  37. Dec

    It made the wolf all glitchy

    1. Admin (

      Be sure to install Optifine.