|First Appearance||The WarChiefs|
|Age Available||Fortress Age|
|Base Hit Points||550|
|Resists||30% vs. Ranged|
|Melee Multipliers||x1.5 vs. Infantry|
|R.O.F.||1.5 / 3.0 (Siege)|
The Dog Soldier is a unique Cavalry unit of the Sioux nation in Age of Empires III: The WarChiefs. They can be sent from the Home City, spawned at the Fire Pit, or obtained via the Town Center's Big Button improvement. Along with the Cuirassier they are the third strongest melee cavalry unit or second best should Dog Soldiers gain all cavalry improvement cards from the home city along with the Onikare card that gives Dog Soldiers 2.5 bonus totally against all infantry. It is also the strongest Native cavalry unit.
The Dog soldiers are one of the strongest cavalry in the game. They have great hit points, excellent speed and good attack (though slightly lower than some other heavy cavalry) and function like a lancer. Dog Soldiers are good against Infantry units and as a cavalry it is also good against Archers and Artillery. They are also free of cost, and realizable either at the Fire Pit by doing the War Song Dance, by the Sioux's Town Center's Big Button improvement or via the Tribal Council, but either way they are free so they can be massed easily. Also the Sioux do not need any houses since they already have a two hundred population cap from the beginning which makes en massing easier, plus they also become improved for free as a player advances in ages. All of these things put together make the Dog Soldier one of the strongest and most effective cavalry units available in the game.
There are no specific ameliorations that can be made to improve the hit points and attack of Dog Soldiers, though advancement through each Age will improve the statistics of Dog Soldiers. Any improvement which improves any non-specific cavalry unit will also affect the Dog Soldiers.
The Dog Soldiers or Dog Men (Cheyenne Hotamétaneo'o) were one of six military societies of the Cheyenne native Americans. Beginning in the late 1830s, this society evolved into a separate, militaristic band that played a dominant role in Cheyenne resistance to American expansion in Kansas, Nebraska, Colorado and Wyoming.
Dog Soldiers were noted as both highly aggressive and effective combatants. One tradition says that in battle, they would "pin" themselves to a "chosen" piece of ground through an unusually long breech-clout "rear-apron", by use of one of three "Sacred Arrows" which they traditionally carried into battle.