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"Now, where's that dog with the keys?"
Governor Weatherby Swann[src]

The Prison Dog was a canine owned by Captain Edward Teague. Through unknown circumstances, the dog ended up in Port Royal, where he was employed to hold onto the jailer's keys at the Fort Charles prison in Port Royal. He was highly loyal to the jailer, and was not swayed by prisoners' attempts to steal the keys, except for Captain Jack Sparrow who almost succeeded, though he was ultimately lured away from his post by Pintel, who escaped the jail with Ragetti. The dog was usually referred to as the "dog with the keys", and was once called "Poochie" by Pintel. Around the War Against Piracy, the dog became the chief of the Pelegostos, which was shortly lived as he escaped and returned to his original master.


Shipwreck Island[]

"That's Teague's prison dog. He keeps the keys to everything, including the dungeons, for Teague. I grew up with that mutt...it was one of my chores to feed him. Dog has a taste for rum—but only the good stuff."
Jack Sparrow to Esmeralda[src]

This dog was an animal employed by Captain Edward Teague to keep the keys to everything, including the dungeons of Shipwreck City. When he was a young boy, one of Jack Sparrow's duties was to feed the dog. Unlike other dogs, this one had a taste for rum.[5]

A few years later, Jack's friend Christophe-Julien de Rapièr was accused of being one of the infamous rogue pirates who broke the Code of the Pirate Brethren. He and his whole crew were imprisoned in the dungeons of Shipwreck City and sentenced to hang. To help Christophe to escape, Jack and his friend Esmeralda sneaked into Teague's cabin on the Troubadour, and stole the keys from the dog.[5]

Port Royal Prison[]

"Come on, doggy. It's just you and me now. It's you and old Jack. Come on. Come on. That's a boy. Good boy. Come get the bone. That's a good boy. Come on. A bit closer. A bit closer. That's it. That's it, doggy. Come on, you filthy, slimy, mangy cur. No, no, no. Don't do that. No, no, no, no, no! I didn't mean it. I didn't..."
Jack Sparrow to the Prison Dog[src]
Prison Dog Curse of the Black Pearl

The Prison Dog with Jack Sparrow at Fort Charles prison.

Through unknown circumstances, the dog ended up in the British colony of Port Royal, Jamaica. The dog served at Fort Charles prison around the time of Jack Sparrow's incarceration. Jack took one look at his doggy jailer and decided that he was no more likely to hand over the keys than a human guard.[6] Desperate to avoid the hangman, the seedy prisoners tried to coax the Prison Dog, who held a ring of keys in his mouth, to their cell. One prisoner held a loop of rope and another waggled a bone, while the dog just sat and cocked his head. "The dog is never going to move." Jack told his fellow prisoners as they tried to lure the hound within reach with a bone. Jack's criminal companions were desperate to avoid the hangman. Though they couldn't tempt the Prison Dog, a cannonball set them free.[1]

As the Prison Dog cowered under a long bench, with the key ring still in his mouth. Jack then picked up the bone from the other cell, and tried coax the dog to him. The dog crawled out from under the bench as Jack continued to coax him closer. The key ring was nearly within Jack's reach, when the dog's attention went to the door into the cell block and dashed away as the door burst open. Two pirates, Koehler and Twigg, stepped in looking for the armory.[1]

Governor Weatherby Swann later inquired as to the whereabouts of the Prison Dog (and the keys he carried) when seeking an audience with his daughter during her imprisonment in a cell at the Fort Charles prison.[2]


The Prison Dog on a boat with Pintel and Ragetti.


"Well I say it was Divine Providence what escaped us from jail."
"And I say it was me being clever. Ain't that right Poochie?
Ragetti and Pintel[src]

The Prison Dog as the new chief of Pelegosto.

When Pintel and Ragetti were held in the prisons following the battle at Isla de Muerta, Pintel used a trick that allowed him to gain possession of both the keys and the dog, who accompanied them to Pelegosto Island. There, the dog was left behind by the crew of the Black Pearl, though the Pelegostos made him their new chief. It was customary for the Pelegostos to consume the flesh of their chiefs, in the belief that it would release their divine spirit from its fleshy prison.[2]

Escape to Shipwreck Cove[]

"That can't... How did..."
"Sea turtles, mate.
Ragetti, Pintel and Teague about the Prison Dog[src]

The Prison Dog bringing the keys to the Pirata Codex.

The Prison Dog somehow managed to avoid this grisly fate, and joined the Brethren Court at Shipwreck Cove, where he provided Captain Teague with the key to the Pirata Codex. Pintel and Ragetti were baffled as to how the dog could have escaped the island, though Teague's only explanation was that it escaped with the help of "sea turtles"—an excuse commonly favored by his son. The pirates appeared satisfied with this answer.[4] His further fate is unknown.

Behind the scenes[]

"You can keep doing that forever. The dog is never going to move."
Jack Sparrow to the seedy prisoners[src]

The Prison Dog in the POTC ride.


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Notes and references[]

Members of the Brethren Court

First Court
Pirate Kings
First Pirate King
Pirate Lords
First Pirate Lord of the Atlantic Ocean
Aides: Davy Jones

Second Court
Pirate Lords
Henry MorganBartholomewGrandmama

Third Court
Pirate Lords
Sao Feng's father
Others: Tartaglia

Court of Inquiry
Pirate Lords
ChingBoris PalachnikRafaelEdward TeagueEduardo Villanueva
Aides: Davy Jones
Keeper of the Code: Edward Teague
Others: Hector BarbossaJack SparrowRagettiMelindaEsmeralda
Prison Dog

Fourth Court
Pirate Kings
Elizabeth Swann
Pirate Lords
AmmandSumbhajee AngriaHector BarbossaChevalle
ChingJocardJack SparrowEduardo Villanueva
Aides: AskayPusasnRagettiJoshamee Gibbs
Keeper of the Code: Edward Teague
Others: Sao FengPintelPrison DogCarriers of the Code