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Despite the name, raccoon dogs are a different species to raccoons found in North America.
Raccoon dogs are indigenous to Asia. They are related to dogs and foxes and therefore belong to the canine (wild dog) species. It is their markings, similar to raccoons, that have influenced their name.
What sort of animal is the raccoon dog?
~These social animals live in pairs or small groups. Up to 16 pups can be born in one litter and in nature both parents help raise their young until they become independent.
~ In their natural environment, raccoon dogs inhabit forests and woodlands nearby water.
~ As raccoon dogs frequent water habitats, their diet is primarily frogs, fish, rodents, small birds, eggs, insects and spiders.
~ Sadly they are under threat because of the deforestation of their native woodlands and overhunting by humans for raccoon dog meat and fur.
THE FARMING OF ANY ANIMAL FOR HIS/HER FUR IS…
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