Image shows a small dog.
Redbeard was Sherlock's nickname for a friend he played pirates with as a child. He was killed by Euros Holmes, the middle Holmes child and only daughter. She trapped him in a well and gave Sherlock clues to his location in a song. Sherlock is unable to solve the riddle and save Redbeard. After Euros was sent to Sherrinford, Sherlock's memories were "rewritten" so that he believes Redbeard was his dog who was put down. Redbeard was first mentioned in The Sign of Three in a conversation between Mycroft and Sherlock. He was mentioned by Mycroft ("Remember Redbeard?") and Sherlock replied, "I'm not a child anymore, Mycroft." After Sherlock was shot by Mary, he imagined Mycroft telling him to find something to keep him calm, to keep him alive. So Sherlock imagined himself as a child petting a dog, Redbeard. In "The Final Problem" Mycroft reveals that Redbeard was killed by Euros, but he never mentions that he was not a dog. John Watson discovers Redbeard's bones while trapped in a well at the Holmes' childhood home. He tells Sherlock that the bones do not belong to a dog, as Euros reveals that Sherlock's father was allergic to dogs, and the Holmes family never owned one. After being told that, Sherlock remembers the truth about Redbeard and solves the riddle of Euros' song in time to save John from Redbeard's fate.
The Redbeard of Sherlock's mind palace is an Irish setter, bred to hunt game.
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Sherlock Holmes (born William Sherlock Scott Holmes) is the world's only consulting detective, a...