The Summon Zombie Dog ability (also called Mongrels), enables the Witch Doctor to summon 3 zombie dogs (4 with Zombie Handler passive ability), which attack the target like the Diablo II Druid's wolves. It has been revealed that this is one of the weakest of the Witch Doctor's summoning skills, but still very versatile even for late-game use. Using the passive skills Zombie Handler (summon 4 Zombie Dogs, Zombie Dogs and Gargantuan get +20% health) and Jungle Fortitude (reduces damage taken by you and your pets by 20%), along with Zombie Dogs and Gargantuan is a common "Zombie Handler" build.
Originally, Zombie dogs could be enchanted with poison or fire bonus damage, if the Witch Doctor used his attack skills, Locust Swarm and Skull of Flame respectively on them. Enchanting them would not harm the dogs, but grant them the appropriate elemental power. However, Bashiok revealed in later posts that this effect was removed, although it may be replaced with a similar rune.
While they are still alive, the Witch Doctor can detonate the zombie dogs using the Sacrifice skill, almost reminiscent of the popular Diablo II, Necromancer spell, Corpse Explosion, dealing substantial damage to nearby targets, almost wiping entire groups of enemies in a single blast.
|Witch Doctor Skills|
| Spirit Skills — Mass Confusion • Skull of Flame • Firebats • Soul Harvest|
Voodoo Skills — Horrify • Wall of Zombies • Summon Zombie Dog • Sacrifice
Plague Skills — Locust Swarm • Plague of Toads • Spider Statue