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Dowser as seen in the book
Court Hound[1]
Other appearance(s)

Dowser is a dog that appears in The Shadow Prince. He is first introduced after Link, Princess Zelda, and Charles of Moria arrive to North Castle for the first time. Dowser comes in to interrupt the Charles in the banquet hall and licks both Link's and Zelda's face; however, when he sees Charles, he growls at him.[2] Afterward, he lunges for Charles's throat, but Zelda holds him back.[3] Dowser's sudden action makes Link wonder why Dowser, who is always nice to new people, does not like Charles.[4]

The book then offers a puzzle to give the reader a hint on what upset Dowser. When the puzzle is completed, it spells out the word "NECK," implying that the dog disliked Charles's necklace. Sure enough, it is later discovered that Charles is actually Ganon, and the necklace is what gives him power.


  1. "Before Charles can finish, Dowser, the court hound, runs into the banquet hall."  (The Shadow Prince (Mammoth) pg. 93)
  2. "The dog licks his face, then Zelda's. But when he comes to Charles he growls, showing teeth."  (The Shadow Prince (Mammoth) pg. 94)
  3. "Dowser growls again. Then, suddenly, he lunges for Charles's throat! Zelda has to pull the dog back."  (The Shadow Prince (Mammoth) pg. 94)
  4. "Link's brow wrinkles. An idea is brewing in his mind. 'Funny,' he thinks. 'Dowser is always nice to new people. I wonder what it is about this guy that he doesn't like? Could it be...'"  (The Shadow Prince (Mammoth) pg. 94)