The famous dog of Fionn mac Cumhaill, which reputedly was of elfin breed. It had a venomous shoe (brĂ²g nimhe), with which it killed whatever living creature it struck, and when at full speed, and like its father (dol ri athair), was seen as three dogs, intercepting the deer at three passes.

The animal was multi-colored, according to popular tradition:

"Bran had yellow feet,
Its two sides black and belly white;
Green was the back of the hunting hound,
Its two pointed ears blood-red."



  • Campbell, J.G. (1900). Superstitions of the Highlands and Islands of Scotland. Glascow: James MacLehose and Sons, p. 31.