Downloadable Content allows the player to add various new items or Miis to the game. This feature was only available in North America and Japan.
In October 2005, there was a Nintendogs Tricks and Treats event inside GameStops. If they used Bark Mode, they could get a Pair of Star Sunglasses and could meet Bentley. They would also get a message saying "Hi, I'm Haylie Duff. My Nintendog Bentley has a special gift for you. Have fun playing Nintendogs!". This event lasted until mid-2007.
In Nintendogs + Cats
In Nintendogs + Cats, downloadable content is now supported on the internet via the SpotPass feature rather than via real-life distribution. This feature is similar to WiiConnect24 on the Wii. One needs to be connected to the internet for SpotPass DLC neighbors and also for Nintendogs + Cats items from the DLC neighbor's pet.
When the 3DS is connected to the internet, it will automatically check Nintendo's servers for DLC for all games and DLC-receiving applications that the player has. It will often notify them by placing a blue spot on the picture of your inserted Nintendogs + Cats game and you must check your journal in-game and tap the yellow present box sticker for a SpotPass DLC neighbor. In case your game is not inserted, the 3DS also places a blue spot on the Notifications button on the system's start-up menu.
Sometimes, if you talk to a DLC neighbor while on a walk, he might give you a present. It is also possible for their dog breed to be added to the list of available dogs in the kennel if the DLC neighbor is the very first neighbor met and spoken to with this ability during a walk. If multiple dogs have been SpotPassed and can be added to your kennel, your DLC neighbor can still be available to meet another day during a walk as long as their entry is still listed in your journal (2 weeks). The player must not have the breed unlocked at that time in order for a breed to be unlocked via SpotPass.
- To view a list of distributed content in the American version, click here.
- To view a list of distributed content in the Japanese version, click here.
- There was some plans to include downloadable content for the European version, but it was scrapped for unknown reasons.