Sometimes traveling Skyrim by yourself can be lonely, but not every character would welcome human companionship – or maybe you don’t want to deal with the other aspects of the follower system like managing inventory and equipment. Maybe your character (or you!) is an animal lover. And sometimes you just need a furry friend because not having one at your side feels wrong. In this list, I’ve compiled a collection of the best animal and creature follower mods for both special edition and legendary (classic) edition I could find, taking into account variety and functionality.
Dogs & Wolves
Garm the Husky Companion
A feature-rich dog/husky follower with many appearance options available, both lore-friendly and unique. Doesn’t trigger traps, has max stealth skill, and is overall a very well developed follower.
While my criteria for most of these mods is that they add new animals rather than editing existing ones, this one was too good to pass up. Adds a variety of unique appearance options and features to vanilla dog follower Meeko, including a summon spell, enhanced stealth, and making him essential so you never have to worry about Meeko dying on you again.
Just like the above mod, adds a bunch of useful features to the vanilla dog companion Vigilance: unique appearances, cannot be killed, ability to call him to your side, and more.
Fenrir the Frost Wolf
An icy themed wolf follower, Fenrir has a unique appearance and the ability to cast several frost spells. Also comes with his own summoning spell.
Doge – The Husky Companion
A simple black and white husky companion with HD fur and eye textures. Has a few appearance varieties, such as with or without armor, and eye color options. Doesn’t set off traps or stealth meter.
Judah – Working Dog
A German Shepard Dog follower with enhanced attacking abilities and custom dialogue commands.
Several cute appearance options for vanilla dog Meeko. Also makes him essential and allows him to level with you.
Adds a small dungeon that, one completed, allows you to recruit several wolf companions. Also includes options for allowing several wolves to follow you.
Asky – almost like a real dog
A dog with many unique features, including its own blanket and food bowl, loyalty system, and feeding requirements.
Daruk The Fire Wolf
An essential, flaming wolf companion. For when you need a dog that’s also on fire all the time.
Amaterasu – The Great Spirit
A wolf with a very unique design and textures based on a Japanese deity. Comes with its own MCM menu for customization and a summoning shout.
Cats and Sabre Cats
Cats of Skyrim
Adds all sorts of domestic and wild cats to many areas in the game, including purchasable/adoptable cats.
A rideable sabre cat with enhanced health regen, summoning spell, and item to enable/disable following or waiting in a specific location.
Adds a sabrecat follower with custom sounds, textures, dialogue options, and is essential.
Charlie – A Cat Follower
A summonable panther follower with custom dialogue commands. Unfortunately only lasts for 6 hours per day, but can be resummoned daily or force-recruited with a follower mod like EFF to last permanently.
A cute house cat follower with several color options.
Chinook Bear Companion
A feature-rich bear follower that you raise from a cub. Can be dynamically renamed, fed in order to grow, and ridden as a mount when he reaches adulthood.
A bear wearing the iconic iron helmet. Can be summoned, has several color options, is essential, will carry your burdens, and can also be transformed into a werebear.
Adds an essential chicken follower who will attack with you in combat, can carry your burdens, has a cute helmet, and can also be upgraded to learn spells and shouts.
The Chicken Returns
A very strange follower with an assortment of … interactions. Best to have a look at the mod page and decide if this level of chickinsanity is what you’re looking for in your life.
Eevee the Magical Fox Companion
A fox with a variety of appearances and magical abilities that can be changed in-game by providing it with elemental salts.
Tokali – Fox Guardian Follower
A fox follower with custom textures and voice. Also comes with her own home and a transformation spell to turn the player into a fox.
Garridan – A Fox Follower
A custom textured grey/brown fox companion. Essential, can carry your things, and won’t set off traps.
Foxy – Giant Arctic Fox Follower
A large fox companion with a variety of features, including its own inventory, favor system, house assignment, and can be ridden as a mount.
Poogie the Pig Follower
A pig follower that will carry items for you and follow you. She doesn’t use an animal slot for followers, so you can keep her and another animal. Inexplicably speaks with a female dark elf voice.
Nilly the Skyrim Goat
A simple mod that adds an essential goat follower with literally no other features.
Adds an absurd amount of rabbits and rabbit-related things, including a variety of (adorable) follower options and appearances. Also check out the creator’s other mods for more animals.
Rabbit Ranch – Bunny Pets
Adds six essential rabbit followers using vanilla meshes and textures, and a small farm that they can be adopted from.
Adds three recruitable mudcrabs who can each use a variety of shouts and spells for maximum mudcarnage.
MudCrab – Follower
A fast moving mudcrab who can equip select armors, such as shields and backpacks – for maximum adorable.
Healing Spriggan Pet
Adds a spriggan named Vilya who will heal and restore the mana of your character and any other nearby allies. Also removes the “buzzing” sound from spriggans’ attacks.
Snapleg Cave Spriggan Companion
Allows you to rescue and recruit the spriggan in Snapleg Cave. Uses a vanilla human voicetype, is essential, and can perform standard follower actions.
Bracken the Spriggan Follower
A spriggan with her own custom textures, recruitable after a small dungeon. Uses the follower slot for animals, is essential, and can carry your things.
A custom voiced slaughterfish follower who wears a dapper top hat and walks around on mechanical dwarven legs. Truly a marvel to behold.
Walrus aka Horker Companion
A horker follower who will accept very basic commands and is essential. Nothing terribly special, but horker followers are apparently a rarity!
Nixy the Nix-Hound
A unique nix hound follower straight out of Morrowind. Functions the same as a typical dog companion.
Unusual Companions/Creature Followers
Rupert the Teddy Bear
A custom voiced teddy bear follower with a variety of customization options, including unlockable outfits and a summoning spell. He can also ride on your back.
Five miniature walking mushroom companions to accompany you on your travels, functioning similar to animal followers.
A unique follower that is literally a cute custom lamp on a pole. Provides light, and has an optional unique walking sound.
Ponzu Sheep Follower
A cute, tiny stuffed sheep follower that performs all normal follower functions and speaks with the female young voice type.
Ponzu Ball Robot
A unique and definitely not lore friendly little robot, with optional colors and head-turrets. Head turrets!
A unique companion intended to carry your numerous burdens with its near-infinite storage space. Has two appearance options and comes with a summoning spell.
Dwemer Dogs Companions
Three dwemer-style dog followers who use dark elf voice types. Can perform all typical follower actions and are essential.
A comprehensive mod to allow you to build your own dwemer companions from items forged and found in the world. Each type of follower has its own unique uses/abilities, and most have several upgrade options as well.
Three sisters Droid
Three female-looking dwemer droids with custom appearances and magical effects. Found outside of Whiterun, which is slightly awkward.
Lug the Friendly Sphere Follower
A dwemer sphere follower who is essential, can carry your things, and other normal follower stuff. Speaks with a human male (drunk) voice.
Assorted Companion Packs
BFF Animal Companions
Adds a dog and fox follower, with tons of texture options for both and a huge amount of features: unique traits/bonuses for leveling up, summon whistle, custom combat options, and lots more.
Adds a huge variety of pets and a sanctuary for them in the Whiterun tundra. All pets are non-combat, and will simply follow you and keep you company. Includes appearance options for several pets.
Pets of Skyrim
A small collection of pets that you can pick up at Eldergleam Sanctuary. All pets are essential and will fight with you in combat.