Raccoon Dog Facts
- The Raccoon Dog forms a species of canid endemic to a moderately restricted range of habitation.
- Further, it also remains the only known extant species within its genus. Despite the name, however, it has no relationship with the raccoon in any way.
- The name also derives from the simple physical resemblance to the raccoon. Experts also consider it to be a basal species, yet sadly, its numbers appear to be declining rapidly.
- In addition to the effects of human expansion, the Raccoon Dog also faces threat from hunters who seek its fur.
- The animal was also introduced into central and western Europe, where it remains considered to be an invasive species.
Raccoon Dog Physical Description
The adult Raccoon Dog also averages roughly 28 in (71 cm) in total length, including the tail, with no noticeable sexual dimorphism.
However, the tail typically accounts for about 7 in (18 cm) of this length.
Its weight also varies greatly by season. In March the animal only averages around 6.6 lb (3 kg ) in weight. Yet by August this average increases to 15.4 lb (7 kg).
The torsos grow comparatively long, and the legs stay relatively short. Its coloring varies with each individual, and with the seasons.
The Raccoon Dog typically appears darker colored in winter, and lighter colored in summer.
During the summer, its fur actually becomes thicker.
- Kingdom: Animalia
- Phylum: Chordata
- Class: Mammalia
- Order: Carnivora
- Family: Canidae
- Genus: Nyctereutes
- Species: N. procyonoides
Raccoon Dog Distribution, Habitat, and Ecology
Unfortunately, the incredible Raccoon Dog evolved as native to a rather small section of East Asia.
It typically inhabits regions of forest, although it has proven to be highly adaptable in recent years.
The animal has an omnivorous diet and principally feeds on a wide variety of prey. These include amphibians, insects, rodents, fish, birds, and reptiles.
Individuals also feed on carrion when the opportunity presents itself. The plants it feeds on depends on its precise geographical zone of habitation.
When it comes to mating, the Raccoon Dog lives as a monogamous animal. Males often fight for the females, yet such battles rarely become fatal.
Litters generally number 6-7 pups, but as many as 15-16 do occur on occasion. Males typically remain active participants in rearing and providing for the young.