Kath hounds were about the size of a large dog, fur-covered, and each limb ended in four hoofed digits. They were generally not very hostile, unless provoked. However, when Revan was being re-trained as a Jedi, one of the trials that Dantooine's Jedi Enclave council ordered him to complete was to remove a dark side taint which had made the kath hounds more violent.
At one point, the kath hounds started attacking the citizens of Dantooine and were blamed for numerous crimes, including the theft of a protocol droid. There existed multiple expressions mentioning the kath hound, including "runt of a Kath-hound," "son-of-a-Kath-hound" and "Kath-mutt."
The horned kath hound was a kath hound breed which was more aggressive and dangerous than the standard hound. They had two tusks and were slightly larger than normal kath hounds. Certain horned kath hounds were born albino, and the rare albino specimens were the toughest of all kath hound subspecies, Revan encountered one of these on his exploration on Dantooine.
When Darth Malak bombarded Dantooine, the population of the kath hound dwindled, and they became rare and prized as pets and guard animals for the wealthy and privileged. During the Galactic War, the Battle of Corellia led to the bombing of Coronet Zoo, allowing animals such as kath hounds to break loose and roam throughout Coronet City amidst the fighting.
Behind the scenes
- "Shadows and Light"—Star Wars Tales 23
- Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic (First appearance)
- Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords
- Star Wars: The Old Republic
- Star Wars: The Old Republic: Rise of the Hutt Cartel
- Star Wars: The Old Republic: Knights of the Fallen Empire
- Star Wars: The Old Republic: Knights of the Eternal Throne
- Star Wars: The Old Republic: Onslaught
- Darth Bane: Path of Destruction (Mentioned only)
- Darth Bane: Rule of Two (Mentioned only)
- Darth Bane: Dynasty of Evil (as Kath pup) (Mentioned only)
- Republic Commando: True Colors (Mentioned only)
- Knights of the Old Republic Campaign Guide
- The Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia
- Star Wars: The Old Republic Explorer's Guide