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Nice dog! But he looks lonely. Don't you think he could use a playmate?

— Gene's initial dialogue if the Sole Survivor's companion is Dogmeat

Gene is a dog breeder wandering in the Commonwealth in 2287.


Gene wanders the Commonwealth to sell dogs he raised himself, albeit begrudgingly, stating that he "feels blue for a week after selling a dog."

Interactions with the player characterEdit

Interactions overviewEdit

General Services Quests
Essential: noIcon cross
Companion: noIcon cross
Perk: noIcon cross
Merchant: yesIcon check
  • Sells dogs
Repairman: noIcon cross
Doctor: noIcon cross
Rents bed/room: noIcon cross
Starts quests: noIcon cross
Involved in quests: noIcon cross

Other interactionsEdit

  • Gene is a character that the Sole Survivor may meet in the Commonwealth as a random encounter. If the Sole Survivor is able to pass a Charisma check of 5 or higher, he will offer the junkyard dog for 250 caps.
  • Gene can be encountered multiple times in random encounters, and he will be willing to sell a new dog on each new encounter.


Apparel Weapon Other items
Flannel shirt and jeans Pipe gun or
Pipe bolt-action or
Pipe revolver

Encounter locationsEdit


  • Often spawns outside Abernathy Farm during the day time, near the grave behind the farm. If the grave is to the west, he'll routinely spawn immediately north of the grave, slowly walking eastward.
  • Gene's dogs can not be equipped with clothing items like Dogmeat can. However, these dogs can loot dead enemy attackers and auto-equip dog-related gear such as wraparound goggles, bandanas, dog chains, etc., however, their inventories are inaccessible without the use of console commands.
  • Gene has unique dialogue if the Sole Survivor is using Dogmeat as a companion.
  • If Gene is dead, or when the Sole Survivor cannot find Gene, but still wants a Junkyard dog in their settlement the console may be used to spawn a dog. At any settlement use "placeatme 00176337 1" to spawn a random Junkyard Dog and then use the workshop to send him to a settlement. The console cannot be used to spawn Gene due to his unique state in the game.


Gene appears only in Fallout 4.


xboxoneIcon xboxone ps4Icon ps4 pcIcon pc If the player character interacts with Gene, he may only respond with "yeah" or some other generic dialogue, and the option to purchase a dog may not be made available. The option to purchase a dog may be fixed if you choose every other dialogue option. [verified]

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