Species Information

Journal Entry: Tue Jun 17, 2014, 4:16 PM

Tokotas are not actually in the canine family. They are caniform, but are more closely related to bears.

Originating as an apex predator native to the wild tundra of the Arctic Circle, they are primarily carnivorous and mostly eat seals and fish. They have a very strong rivalry with bears, but grew a mutual respect with primitive humans that began their long domestication over the centuries.

The modern version of the of Tokota is far different from the prehistoric ancestor and only one of the original coat types — the "natural" type — remains. All other coat types were selectively bred into the species as a result of certain hair mutations.

On top of being used for early transportation, guard animals, and hunters, they were revered as a sacred animal and most commonly bear the significance of strong loyalty in primitive symbolism.

Normal Build Tokota

Canarctos venatori

Queen Bee 12580 by TotemSpirit

  • Height: Between 140 cm and 190 cm (the largest being wild-born)
  • Weight: Ideal weight is 800-900 pounds, and largely depends on height
  • Speed:
  • Sprinting Speed: Roughly 100 km/h
  • Running Speed: Roughly 75 km/h
  • Loping Speed: 10-11 km/h
  • Gait: Similar to the gait of a wolf, but a bit more heavy and lumbering like a bear. Usually a lope type gait, although capable of a trot, collected canter, Spanish walk, etc.
  • Lifespan: 1-30 years in captivity, 28 on average. 12-15 years in the wild.
  • Litter Size: 1-4 pups per litter
  • Breeding Limits: Available breeding slots go up with hierarchy status. For more information check out Breeding Your Tokota.
  • Breeding Facts:
    • Tokotas reproduce using highly competitive courting rituals in the wild, and thus most domestic breedings are made with the use of AI (artificial insemination.)
    • Tokotas have 1-4 pups in a litter, which will stay with the mother until a year of age.
    • In the wild, the sire and the rest of the pack will participate in raising the pups, regardless of hierarchy status.
  • Anatomy: Tokotas are most commonly perceived as being closest in appearance to a mixture of polar bears and wolves, though, they have a unique profile with an elegantly tapered snout, short and stocky claws, and hooked canine teeth for ice fishing. Their facial anatomy is far more angular than that of a wolf, and far more canine than that of a bear.
    The neck, crest, and withers are protected by an insulating two inch layer of fat, and the fur consists of a dense underlayer with an exterior layer of guard hairs, which gives them a good resistance to the cold and harsh climate of the Arctic Circle. Fur may be shaved to prevent overheating in hotter climates.
    Tokotas are well muscled with a deep chest and sloping back, and are extremely suitable for mounts.
  • Behavior: Attacks on people are very rare due to human influence on the breed, and in terms of domestication, Tokota are above horses, and very nearly close in docility to dogs and cats. While they have a wide range of utilities, they are also a popular choice as companions.
    Tokota communicate most commonly in chuffs, growls, purrs, and long distance vocalizations consisting of deep, resonant howls, which fluctuate in pitch in a manner far more melodic than wolves or coyotes. Recent studies have shown that these are highly individual to specific packs and family groups.
    Pups have a high pitched, chirpy bark, but will start to mimic howling around the age of six months.


Canarctos venatori

Talulla 11073 by TotemSpirit

The affectionately termed "Toki" is not a subspecies as such, but is the result of a dwarfism mutation on a normal build tokota.

  • Height: 75 cm (min) - 130cm (max)
  • Weight: 400 lbs - 800 lbs
  • Running Speed: Roughly 48 km/h
  • Gait: Bouncy, slight waddle/saunter. They run similar to a corgi.
  • Uses: Companion animals, but have a variety of show uses, including special Toki sled racing, beauty and costume contests, etc.
  • Lifespan: 24-27 years on average.
  • Litter Size: 1-4 pups per litter
  • Breeding Limits: Tokis are limited to the same number of slots as normal Tokotas. They may crossbreed freely with standard Tokotas and the mutation has around a 10% chance of passing on to offspring. However at this time because of unknown health hazards and the preservation of dire blood, Tokotas with dwarfism cannot crossbreed with Dire built Tokotas.
  • Anatomy: Tokis stand around a similar height to a medium-sized pony, and are roughly the same length as ordinary Tokotas. With this mutation, the legs are stubby, though the rest of the body remains well-proportioned.
  • Behavior: Tokis bred to be companions and show animals have typically never interacted with a saddle or carried a rider, but generally have a very docile demeanor. Tokis arising out of normal parents may be more independent and/or aloof as they perhaps were not selectively bred for their behavior. Despite their size, they are very sociable and get along well with most other animals.

Tokis can be found in any breeding not involving a dire tokota with different amounts of success; all toki x toki pups will be tokis, but there is only a small chance with normal x normal breedings. They may also sometimes be tamed as wilds.

Dire Build Tokota

Canarctos dirus

Tonka 6801 by TotemSpirit

The dire build is a subspecies of the more common Tokota, only recently discovered in a remote and isolated region of northern Nunavut.

  • Height: 190 cm (min) - 210 cm (max)
  • Weight: 1100 - 2000 lbs
  • Running Speed: Roughly 56 km/h
  • Gait: Heavy and weighted, a bit more lumbering than the normal Tokota
  • Lifespan: 1-28 years in captivity, 24 on average. 1-5 years in the wild.
  • Litter Size: 1-2 pups per litter
  • Breeding Limits: Dires have much more limited breeding than normal tokotas. For more information check out Breeding Your Tokota.
  • Anatomy: Much larger and muscular than the average Tokota, these beasts are huge. They are distinguished from their smaller counterparts by their size, dense coat, slightly roman profile, and short bushy tail.
  • Behavior: Harder to handle than common build Tokotas, mostly because of their size and lack of domestication. Can be extremely dangerous due to the former. Training one requires extreme diligence, caution, and patience, but is genuinely rewarding. The domestication process is very selective, if a pup does not make the cut in terms of disposition, it may be released back into the wild or culled.

Dires can be obtained by either taming a wild one, breeding a normal x dire tokota, or a dire x dire tokota. For more information and percentages, check out Breeding Your Tokota.

Akota Build

Canarctos akotas

  • Height: 200 cm - 260 cm (max)
  • Weight: 1500 lbs - 2500 lbs (max)
  • Speed:
    • Walk speed: 8km/hr
    • Running speed: 40 km/hr
    • Sprinting speed: 56 km/hr
  • Gait: Slow and lumbering when walking, though they can quickly gather speed in a charge or sprint.
  • Lifespan: 1-25 years in captivity, 20 on average. 1-50 years in the wild.
  • Litter Size: 1 pup per litter.
  • Breeding Limits: Akotas can only breed with Dires or other Akotas. They cannot breed at all with standard build Tokotas or Tokis. Their offspring will therefore always be either a Dire or Akota build.
  • Restrictions: Breedings are not affected by the Prestige Breeder faction bonus, Lavender, Fertility Supplements, Close Care, Swan, Hare, Fertility Roots, Akna's Presence or any other item or trait that would affect litter size.
  • Anatomy: Akotas have far closer resemblance to bears than their Dire cousins - they have very large and broad shoulders, giving them a ‘hump-back’ appearance. Their fur is very dense and wiry. The pads of their feet are also more ursine than their smaller ancestors, with long toes and claws. 
  • Behavior: Extremely aggressive and territorial. Their huge size and primitive instincts make them extremely hard to handle, and more than a few handlers have lost their lives due to mishandling and the Akota’s quick attacks.
  • Interaction: A BEAST Certificate, earned through TCA Bonding*, is required to unlock the ability to participate in shows, activities, and breedings with an Akota.
  • Heirarchy: Akotas in the wild are largely solitary and do not display hierarchical behaviour. Therefore Akotas don't have the same hierarchy levels as other builds. Due to their superior size and weight and for the sake of hierarchy-based restrictions they are generally considered to be on the same ability level as Alpha builds.

Skin by Horsepoint and alexpeanut, paw icon by Kawiku, images by noebelle
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MartyrGriffon Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2019
Bears are related to the dog family though.
galacticpink Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2019  Hobbyist Digital Artist
What is the average pack size for wild packs? Can't seem to find that and I'm really curious! Thanks! :heart:
halohte Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2019  Hobbyist General Artist
I'd feel like it's somewhat like a wolf, where it depends on food availability, health of the pack in general, and how much the individuals within breed, as well as the morality rate of the pups and how many pups are born in each litter. I'd say anywhere from as low as like 5-8 to somewhere as high as even like 20-30 ish. But it can be determined by members themselves how many members they decide to put in packs.
Mystic-Breakthrough Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2019  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Since Akotas are considered to be on an alpha level, does that mean they are automatically granted the roll bonuses that are associated with exploring/caving/diving for dom and alpha tokotas?
Islua Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2019  Hobbyist General Artist
If the thumb is not in the image we may wish for Akota to be listed, but yes, they are.
ShizukaDesu Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Just thinking about having a “short” Akota at my room. 
omg the size OMG - Watch that 
Mystic-Breakthrough Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Can Akotas rear on their hind legs like bears do? If so, are they restricted to just sort of shuffling forward or are they able to pull off a moderately effective walk?
NorthPaws Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
They most certainly can rear! They're pretty tall and scary when they do so, so stand back for your own safety, please :o

I'm not sure exactly how good they'd be at walking/shuffling on their hind legs, but I personally imagine it would be about the same proficiency as a bear - they can manage it, but walking on 4 legs is just more comfy and preferable :)
Mystic-Breakthrough Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh man, big tall scary boofs then! 0: I'm definitely gonna have to play with this idea, thank you! <3
XSilentStatic Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Can Tokotas die in the game? If so, are they still able to be a personal oc, but are no longer able to participate in the game? Or can they not be used at all?
SpectacularCanines Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
How long do tokotas live? how quickly do they mature? Most dogs finish maturation at 2 but then again tokotas are like quadruple any dog in size
Alexavier870 Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
What's the difference of a 25% dire from a 50% and a 100%? If the genotype says they're a dire regardless of the percentage they'll all end up looking like dires still right..?
Keksefuzzy Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2018  Professional Writer
Yes, they look the same. The percentage is for breeding purposes. The higher the percentage, the more likely the pups will be dires.
KaraSkakalac Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2018  Student Digital Artist
The only really difference is in breeding as far as I can tell :) They will all be on the dire import regardless of the percentage. 
Flora-Tea Featured By Owner Edited Jun 12, 2018  Student Digital Artist
I'm a little confused about something related to this species. What about this species makes them more related to bears than wolves/dogs? The only time this seems to be justified is with the "Akota Build". Otherwise, these guys are just big wolf-dogs with manes, aren't they? Confused 
sercreepz Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2018  Student General Artist
Maybe these could be part of the extinct Hemicyoninae subfamily which belons to Ursidae? It coud fit the lore that one genus (Canarctos) and its species managed to survive in North America, since there are also mammoths and smilodons in the game from prehistoric times.

The subfamily is called "dog-bears". And aren't Tokotas just that? ;) 

Hemicyon by suthnmeh
DOSHLORD Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Actually, if I recall correctly, dog-bears were there own family, separate from both canidae and ursidae in the same way that amphicyonidae is.
suthnmeh Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2018  Professional General Artist
Haha that's pretty cool XD Interesting species. And thanks for the mention!
cooki3wolf3 Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Does anyone have a doki?
Kami-O-Kami Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
WulverCazz Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Canarctos dorkitori

im wheepEZING
ArtemistheArtist22 Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2018  Hobbyist Photographer
Okie Doki hahaha
Shangry-Ia Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2018
Please, let it have to do with the date we have today xDDDD Very cute though
NECR0AM Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Leggy would make a great soccer player just saying PFT 
SunRei Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2018
Ahahahaha, omg, the giraffe ones :lmao:
Burscutum Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2018
xKittyKylo Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Give me a Doki
rosefirst Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2018
So most Tokis' Can't be ridden?
wolfdog127 Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2018
Will Akotas be able to inherit the other mane types? (Long, Barbary, Half ect)
LittleKhajiit Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
No, they only have natural manes. ;v;
wolfdog127 Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2018
Will there ever be any plans to implement more or will it just be the natural?
Ace118 Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2018
Question was answered above I think :)  
Sikudhanii Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
If we represent the breed correctly can we put them in a fanfic? Say a Harry Potter one? 
NorthPaws Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yes, you're free to draw or write about your tokotas in AU/fanfics/however you want, as long as they look like a tokota ^^
Sikudhanii Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yes! Thank you! ^ u^
ArtemistheArtist22 Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
How can one obtain this new rare breed?
Sims2Freak273 Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You should join the summer event! It's connected to akotas, so you never know what they might do prize-wise! There's still a month left ;3
ArtemistheArtist22 Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
Ahh okay is it under "events"?
Sims2Freak273 Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
If you click on tokotas, it's actually the huge orange banner :3
DioMEMEdes Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Just out of curiosity, are the heights able to go just slightly out of range to show an extreme circumstance (such as a toki that is only 73 cm tall, or a dire that's 212 cm)?
TeachMeToLearn Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
75 and 210 are the extremes ^^ so unfortunately no
Affyre Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2017
The Akota in captivity only lives to be about 25 but in the wild they can live to 50? Shouldn't that be reversed? XD 
Tobi-Terror Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2017  Student Digital Artist
Lol in the case of Akotas I guess we'll have to just put up game fences and let them loose on a reserve 
Sims2Freak273 Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I aint even mad 
Theravenist Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Some animals are this way. Think like how pandas don't really know how to reproduce. Could be something like that..

Like, maybe because of the lack of range they develop heart problems or something?
Lachtaube Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Sharks are very this way, that's why you never see them in aquariums! (And if you do, they only live for a matter of days)
spaaceboii Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2017  Hobbyist
At least sharks like great whites, but smaller sharks can
Theravenist Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yes! True. Thanks cause I hadn't thought of them. :o
Solarxolverite-Arpg Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
and that counts for most marine animals
dolphins killer wales to mention a few
mostly due to lack of space and freedom
poisonpaw279 Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
ahh I need to get one of these!! I cant wait to see what this new build is!
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