Racoon Dog

Introducing the raccoon dog, a fascinating mammal with a mix of features from both raccoons and dogs! Despite its name, the raccoon dog is not closely related to raccoons but is actually a member of the canid family, which includes dogs, wolves, and foxes







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The raccoon dog, also known as the tanuki in Japan, is a species of mammal native to East Asia.

Raccoon dogs have a distinctive appearance with markings similar to raccoons, including a mask-like face and ringed tail. They are known for their ability to climb trees, swim, and dig burrows.


The lifespan of a raccoon dog typically ranges from 5 to 7 years in the wild.

However, in captivity, they may live longer, with some individuals reaching up to 10 years or more with proper care and nutrition.

Weight & Diet

Raccoon dogs typically weigh between 4 to 10 kilograms, with males being larger than females.

As omnivores, their diet is quite varied and includes small mammals, birds, insects, fruits, berries, seeds, and vegetation. They are opportunistic feeders and will consume whatever food is available in their environment.

Did You Know?

  • They're not actually raccoons! Despite their name and appearance, raccoon dogs are members of the canid family, related to dogs, wolves, and foxes.
  • Japanese people have associated Racoon Dogs, or Tanukis with magical folklore and luck.es are really good at climbing rocks.
  • A rare white tanuki was discovered in 2013.
  • Raccoon dogs are mainly nocturnal, meaning they are most active at night.