Teeth and eyes gleamed up at her. While not up to a Molocar's weight or strength, these hounds were killers. She had seen them practice on the weaker of their own kind: their mothers first taught them to eat meat by ripping apart the runt of each litter and feeding the bloody scraps to its stronger siblings.
– Jame's narration, To Ride a Rathorn, "Chapter VIII: A Forgotten Name", I
A direhound is a large hunting dog kept by the Kencyr. They're sighthounds, used to run down prey.
A direhound is smaller than a Molocar but larger and fiercer than a lymer. In To Ride a Rathorn, there is reference to Rawneth wearing a dress based on a direhound's pattern: They have white bodies flecked with silver, and black legs, tails and heads.
↑Honor's Paradox, "Lexicon" — "direhounds—gaze-hounds used to run down prey"
↑To Ride a Rathorn, "Chapter XXII: Casting the Stones", V — "The lower third of her full skirt, her arms, and her mask were black, her bodice white, tight laced with silver—the markings of an elegant direhound."