Some wild dogs are relatively cousins of our domestic dogs, like dingoes. Others are more distant relatives. One of the most unusual is the raccoon dog. Raccoon dogs are native to East Asia and are cousins of foxes. Despite their fluffy fur and dark eye masks, they’re not closely related to raccoons.

Raccoon dogs eat nuts, fruits, and vegetables, as well as hunting prey including fish, tortoises, hedgehogs. They mate for life and give birth to litters of six to eight pups on average. And unlike dogs, they don’t bark—instead, they growl and whine!

Photo by Bernd Schwabe in Hannover

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