Kingdom : Animalia
                          Class : Mammalia
                       Family : Canidae
        Scientific Name : Nyctereutes 
                                      Procyonoides
 
                       Size(L) : 50cm - 65cm 
                                      (19.6in - 26in)
                       Weight : 3kg - 10kg
                                       (6.6lbs - 22lbs)
                 Top Speed : 40km/h (25mph)
                  Life Span : 3 - 8 years

                      Colour : Tan, Black, Brown,
                                      Yellow
                 Skin Type : Fur
Distinctive Features : Dexterous front paws
                                      and pointed snout
  1. Raccoon dogs are small wild dogs found in Eastern Asia, Europe and Japan.
  2. The markings on their body resemble that of a raccoon but they are not closely related to the North American raccoons.
  3. There are five species of raccoon dogs found in the world.
  4. They inhabit the woodlands and forests that are close to water.
  5. They are unique from other canines in hibernating through the winter.
  6. They sort of hibernate by sleeping through severe snowstorms to survive when there is lack of food.
  7. They return to being active in spring and in warm weather.
  8. They display a few behavioral traits that are similar to raccoons like washing of food before consuming.
  9. They have extremely dexterous front paws which assist them in climbing trees and in catching their slippery prey.
  10. They are carnivores feeding mainly on fish, frogs, eggs, small birds, spiders, insects and rodents.
  11. Their natural predators are wolf packs, foxes and wildcats.
  12. Humans are also known to hunt them for their fur and meat.
  13. The female raccoon dogs give birth to around 5-16 pups per litter after a 12-week-gestation.
  14. The pups are usually born during April-May and are born blind and cared for by their parents till they are independent.
  15. Raccoon dog population have been declining drastically due to habitat loss and excessive hunting
  16. Despite this, their population is thriving in their introduced habitats in Europe.

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