Welsh Dog Names in Pop Culture
Our spotlight dog for today shines out from the world of video games. For those of you who know what Skyrim is, you may have seen or simply heard of the armored husky, Bran, and his companion Sceolang. Bran and Sceolang are a couple of companions that can join your team and follow your character around so long as you join the Dawnguard. There are quite a few other steps that are required in order to actually keep Bran at your side (including a couple of children to take care of him) but overall, it is just a cool idea that you can pick up a gorgeous Siberian Husky companion within the game, and he has armor to boot! Perhaps the only downside to this awesome pup is that he cannot regenerate if he dies, however, if the Dragonborn (your character) has kids then Bran can be kept as a pet with them and remain safe. Otherwise, he can fight right alongside you.
Unlike many of the other dogs that are portrayed in the game as Irish Wolfhounds, Bran and Sceolang are modeled after purebred Huskies. Bran has gray and white fur along with deep, dark eyes. His full tail and tall ears are exactly that of a Husky and it's hard not to fall in love with him! The armor that Bran wears is all leather and studded, keeping him slightly more protected in battles than he would be with just his fur. While this armor is not only extremely stylish and impressive, it also looks awesome; giving the already wild Husky an even more stunning appearance.
When it comes to Bran's name, we know that it is a reference to the Celtic legends of a man called Fionn mac Cumhaill, who was a Celtic hero who also had two war hounds by the names of Bran and Sceolang. Most likely those war hounds were not Siberian Huskies like Bran is in the game, and that comes down to the personality of the breed. Huskies are loving and playful dogs that are extremely independent. While some of them (particularly an alpha personality) may be willing to fight in the face of danger, most Huskies would rather run away or simply lick the hand of the attacker. This is because they are very friendly dogs who rarely know a stranger. Because of this, it is hard to believe that the Husky was chosen to portray Bran due personality and was most likely chosen due to the wolfish qualities they possess.