The Spanish Conquistadors brought dogs with them to the New World. These were big, fierce dogs, probably a mix of mastiff and greyhound. They were good at tracking, hunting, and killing prey (often human). Becerrillo, which means "little bull calf," was owned by Spanish Conquistador Ponce de Leon. Becerrillo sired the more famous Leoncico, "little lion," who stowed away in a wooden cask with his owner, the Explorer Vasco Nunez de Balboa. —In-game history
Explorer Dog. Your Explorer's loyal companion. —In-game description
The Explorer Dog is available to European civilizations other than the Spanish and, like the Explorer, cannot die when its hit points reach 0. Instead, it collapses and must be rescued when an allied unit or building is near and it has enough hit points, or ransomed.
The Dog was originally cut from the original Age of Mythology, however it was meant to return as a trainable unit for the Chinese, likely as a scout, before becoming just a Scenario Editor unit, similar to the Cataphract.
The Dog appears as a unit in the Expanded Mod as a cheap harassment unit, with early game scouting role, for all civilizations, requiring Hunting Dogs.
When the Explorer Dog collapses, a text box appears near it that quotes Hamlet's final line from the Shakespearean play Hamlet: "Horatio, I am dead; Thou livest; report me and my cause aright To the unsatisfied."