Official Species Profile: QuillDogs

The QuillDog species was founded in 2013 by and currently maintained by MischievousRaven. The following is the official profile for the species, which delves into the many details pertaining to QuillDogs. Although these canine creatures are almost always noticed due to their presence of quills, the species is defined by other characteristics that will be noted within this profile. Thank you in advance for reading!

Physical Appearance (and Rarity): As stated prior, the most famous characteristic that is noticed on QuillDog individuals is their presence of quills! The quills somewhat resemble the quills carried by porcupines and other related species. A gathering of quills in one area of the QuillDog is called a “crest.” The placement of the quill crest varies; however, many QuillDog individuals have the crest present on the rump/hind leg area, with some individuals showing another crest in other areas, such as the shoulder blades and back (when both the rump and shoulder blade quills are present, the QuillDog is noted as being “double-crested”). These quills may be present in a variety of sizes, and can be long or short, rounded at the tip, or sharp like a thorn. Some tips may carry biological agents such as bioluminescent molecules or poison, numbing agents, electrochemical/magnetic sensory glands, and the like (however, these characteristics being present are typically rare). The colors and patterns present on the quills are a wide variety, with fading, stripes and speckles being the most common markings. Some quills are patterned and bicolored/tricolored. Some quills may have rare traits, such as fleshy “flags” hanging from them (think Lionfish), aquatic webbing, etc. The quills may be adorned with a variety of natural and unnatural objects, or may lack decorations altogether.

The creature, overall, is always canine-esque in appearance. However, their appearance can vary greatly. Most of these creatures have long, pointed ears, a narrow muzzle, and a long tail. Overall, they typically resemble of a wolf-like creature with an exaggerated sleekness and elegance brought about by a narrow face and thin (but sturdy) frame and limbs. QuillFoxes, a subspecies within the QuillDog family, are much smaller, compact and very fox-like, compared to their standard-sized cousins. QuillDog hybrids vary by the species they're hybridized with. Other individuals of this breed also exist, including tail-less, small-eared, stocky and otherwise different individuals. The height and weight of these creatures vary too much to be explained distinctly with a number; some small QuillFoxes weigh less than a pound, whereas large QuillDog deities weigh hundreds!

These creatures sport a wide variety of realistic and unrealistic patterns and colors. The more common individuals tend to sport more natural colorization and patterning while the rarer individuals of this species have more vibrant colorization and more unrealistic patterning. The eyes may be any color; most QuillDogs’ eyes are bright-colored. They can be pupiled or pupil-less, and the pupil can vary. Dew claws may or may not be present on an individual. Some QuillDogs sport small decorative jewelry and other items about their body, typically in places such as their ears, neck, and appendages. Some individuals have other physical traits, including the following: wings, multiple sets of wings, scales, bird-like legs, feathers, multiple tails, etc.

Rarity Scale: QuillDogs are currently given either a “Typical,” “Rare,” Or “Very Rare (includes Deity, Lesser Deity)” rating based on the variance of the traits mentioned above. Please note that most MYO and Custom QDs, as well as QD hybrids, are not given a rarity.

Background/Backstory: There is much mystery that surrounds the QuillDog species at this time, however, what is known is written here. The earliest history we currently know of regarding the QuillDog species are reports several thousand years old from the mythical "Oriji" land of Eurasia, where they were forced out of their homeland when a large chasm opened in the land and drought and starvation took hold. They later migrated to the land of Aquilli, where many still exist today. For a time, the breed was used in war as “cover fire” to protect soldiers. Royal art exists from same-age kingdoms who utilized the breed for protection in their castles, usually accompanying the castle royalty when they traveled. Aquilli, a quaint continent quite far from other lands, allowed the species to live relatively peacefully, with the few humans who settled the continent. It was also thought that the breed was kept rather hidden during this time, as owning one meant you had something worth protecting; there were also reports that the breed was related to magic, demons, and the devil, due to its unnaturalness. It was made rather popular at religious sites, such as pyramids and temples, in the middle and southern American countries.

In the rest of the world, due to the secrecy surrounding the species and the faraway land of Aquilli that most of them inhabited, many generations passed without the presence of QuillDogs, which, for a great while, caused historians to believe the breed had gone extinct. There were rumors that individuals were still being kept by members of these far away broken kingdoms, but no rumors were ever verified. The breed, however, began popping up in low numbers in Western Europe and the Americas during the colonization of North America. Soon after, with the rediscovery of Aquilli, many more QuillDogs were found! Due to these amazing finds, researchers have begun to unravel the mysteries of the QuillDog species.

QuillDogs have a rich history with humans, and still, to this day, can be found occasionally in the family household. They are fierce protectors and usually kept for guarding purposes, although it is reported that some are kept for field, agricultural, ceremonial/religious and pet purposes. Historically before humans, QuillDogs were feral, and some feral individuals exist today in clans (and a fox village), many never coming into contact with humans.

Biological History, Behavior and Communication: Researchers have noted multiple interesting behaviors while observing QuillDog individuals. Here are some of their findings (keeping in mind that each species individual also has their own personality that may amplify or decrease these being performed):

Biologists believe the presence of quills is probably a defensive mechanism.

Males will sometimes flare out their quills in a dance-like, swaying display for females for mating purposes.

After mating, gestation of pups is around 60 days, and the mother typically delivers between 1 and 6 pups. Sadly, many litters see multiple stillborns and it isn’t rare for only one or two individuals from a litter to survive to adulthood. Both the mother and father are fiercely protective of the litter until they mature.

QuillDogs are typically born with only small “buttons” (raised, curved and smooth bumps) from which their quills will quickly grow during the next several weeks of life. Biologists speculate that this is for the mother’s smoother delivery without the worry of quills causing injury.

QuillDog pups will play-fight and explore much like any other canine species; however, during this time, they’re also learning how to utilize their quills. Pups have been reported being observed displaying their quills in defensive and offensive maneuvers to other pups while play-fighting.

When quills on QuillDogs are growing, they are filled with blood and very tender/prone to injury during this time.

Most QuillDogs’ quills are kept permanently for life (some rare individuals shed them yearly or seasonally, though). However: If a QuillDog’s quill(s) is broken off or otherwise damaged, they will shed the quill(s) in question and slowly a new one will regenerate. It takes several months for a new quill to be completely grown—however, once this new quill is in place, it may be stronger than the previous quill.

When a QuillDog is surprised, threatened or otherwise caught off-guard, they will usually flare out their quills in a manner that makes them look much larger and intimidating.

At any typical moment, females typically keep their quills lower/more compressed while males’ typically are more loosely kept. However, when running or traveling at high speeds, the quills lay down flat to reduce drag.

During pregnancy, birthing and raising young, females’ quills increase in size by several inches—many speculate for protection purposes. Pregnant females who harbor biological agents in their quills, such as poison, typically see a significant increase of the agent present in their quills during this time.

If a QuillDog presents another QuillDog or a human with a shed quill, it is a very courteous action and the quill is said to bring good luck to a household. Many QuillDog owners will take the quills and arrange them in vases with flowers or rest them along mantles to extend such good luck to their household.

Species State: Closed.

Please note that the state of the QuillDog species is “closed.” This means that individuals cannot be created without consent from the founder, MischievousRaven. All current QuillDog designs have been created by MischievousRaven. The state of this species is closed at current because the species has been in development and worked on for so long, that it is easier to manage individuals if they can only be created by one person. PLEASE NOTE that although the species is closed, that the trait of having quills on a canine-like creature is not closed. MischievousRaven does not own the trait, she owns the species. If you do make a canine-like creature with quills, it is asked that you make them unique enough to be distinguished from official QuillDogs and their traits listed above.

The official QuillDog group is maintained by MischievousRaven and group staff who should be contacted if any QuillDog-related questions arise. Thank you for reading!
I bought your CackleQuill design a while back, ( I would like to transfer the ownership to redemptari. I originally paid $25 for the design, but I am gifting this design to redemptari as long as you have no issue with this. I have told redemptari that if she wishes to sell or give away the design in the future she would need to contact you/follow your rules.
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