Pet specializations encompass three distinct and separate roles that hunters can choose for their pets. While all pets are assigned a specific specialization according to their pet family, the hunter can choose to change that specialization if/when needed. Like the hunter, a pet can have more than one specialization thanks to Dual Talent Specialization.

Note that the abilities listed below are the base abilities assigned to that specialization; pet families have additional abilities.

Cunning
Cunning (Utility)
Icon Ability
Ability hunter pet boar.png [Boar's Speed]
Ability warrior bullrush.png [Bullheaded]
Ability hunter survivalinstincts.png [Cornered]
Ability druid dash.png [Dash]
Ability hunter fervor.png [Roar of Sacrifice]

The specialization gives burst, stun, and crowd-control abilities, all useful in PvP.

While any pet family can be re-specced into Cunning, these abilities are naturally part of the following pet family types: Bat, Birds of prey, Chimera, World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria Crane, World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade Dragonhawk, World of Warcraft: Cataclysm Monkey, World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade Nether Ray, World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade Ravager, Serpent, Silithid, Spider, World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade Sporebat, World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria Water strider, Wind Serpent.

Ferocity
Ferocity (DPS)
Icon Ability
Ability druid dash.png [Dash]
Inv misc pheonixpet 01.png [Heart of the Phoenix]
Inv jewelry necklace 22.png [Spiked Collar]

The specialization is designed for boosting PvE DPS.

While any pet family can be re-specced into Ferocity, these abilities are naturally part of the following pet family types: Carrion Bird, Cat, Core Hound, Devilsaur, World of Warcraft: Cataclysm Dog, World of Warcraft: Cataclysm Fox, World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria Goat, Hyena, Moth, World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria Quilen, Raptor, World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King Spirit Beast, Tallstrider, Wasp, Wolf.

Tenacity
Tenacity (Tanking)
Icon Ability
Spell shadow lifedrain.png [Blood of the Rhino]
Ability hunter pet bear.png [Charge]
Spell nature unyeildingstamina.png [Great Stamina]
Spell nature shamanrage.png [Last Stand]
Ability golemthunderclap.png [Thunderstomp]

The specialization is designed for boosting tanking ability, either for soloing or for gimmick group-tanking.

While any pet family can be re-specced into Tenacity, these abilities are naturally part of the following pet family types: World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria Basilisk, Bear, World of Warcraft: Cataclysm Beetle, Boar, Crab, Crocolisk, Gorilla, World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria Porcupine, World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King Rhino, Scorpid, World of Warcraft: Cataclysm Shale spider, Turtle, World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade Warp Stalker, Worm.

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