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Small Mammals

Raccoon Dog

The Raccoon dog is named for its resemblance to the raccoon to which it is not closely related. Native East Asian raccoon dog populations have declined in recent years due to hunting, fur trade and urbanisation. They are the only member of the canid family to go into semi-hibernation over the cold winter for which they put on a lot of weight and grow an incredibly thick coat. Raccoon dogs have been introduced into Eastern Europe, mainly to supply animals for hunters. They are now thriving in Eastern Europe and are considered an invasive species.

DID YOU KNOW? They are the only dog species known to hibernate in winter.

Current Status

  • Least Concern
  • Near Threatened
  • Vulnerable
  • Endangered
  • Critically Endangered
  • Extinct in the Wild
  • Extinct

Key Facts

Rodents, amphibians, birds, fish, reptiles, molluscs, insects, fruit, vegetation, nuts and seeds.
Canidae
6 - 7 years wild
11 years captivity
Least Concern
Japan, Russian far east and China. More recently found in parts of Eastern Europe.
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