Armored hound — This mutated and heavily armoured hound of the Order is actually a small tank. It does not have a cannon, but it gladly lunges at opponents, knocks them down, and rips their throats open with a single snap of its jaws. Armoured hounds are always hungry, so they usually devour their prey, which also makes them more fuel efficient than tanks.
"During the first stage of research, we performed experiments on animals only. Having bred a mutated hound, we are certain that the potion formulae are suitable and if we administer them to human subjects, we will achieve exactly what we seek."
- If Geralt chooses to fight the Frightener instead of Savolla in the Prologue, he will meet an armoured hound in the Outskirts.
Developer CD Projekt's characterization of the armored hound taken from the monsterbook, which was enclosed with the Collectors Edition of the computer game The Witcher for Poland, Hungary and the Czech Republic:
Salamandra — the ominous organization which the witcher must defeat — uses animals in its initial experiments with mutagens. These attempts result in mutated bloodhounds: primitive, vicious creatures that beast-masters lead on chains before unleashing them to wreak havoc.
The creature's silhouette was modelled after that of a fighting dog. Its head evolved gradually into a shape similar to that of a pit bull's head. As with other monsters, we strove to make the creature resemble extinct beasts, predecessors of today's predators. The mutation pursued by Salamandra were meant to emphasize the wildest and most primitive characteristics of the bloodhound's ancestors, to some extent reversing evolution.The crude armor in which the creature is clad underlines its barbaric nature. An armored hound of the Order wears kilograms of steel without noticing their weight or experiencing any discomfort. The armor protects the beast's vital organs and underlines that it is no wild monster, but a creation of man.
- Andrzej Sapkowski, The Lady of the Lake