Raccoon Dog Nyctereutes procyonoides

Raccoon Dog
Raccoon Dog
The Raccoon Dog, also called Tanuki, is native to East Asia and has been introduced to Eastern Europe. It is called "Raccoon" Dog because of its superficial resemblance to the Raccoon, especially when fattened for winter, but it is a true dog unrelated to Raccoons.
Raccoon Dog
Raccoon Dog
Raccoon Dog
The Raccoon Dog is one of the only dogs to climb trees and is the only dog species to hibernate over winter.
Raccoon Dog
Raccoon Dog
Raccoon Dog
When preparing for hibernation, the dog will double its weight and its fur will become longer and thicker for insulation. Those shown here are in summer. Asian wild Raccoon Dog populations have declined massively through hunting for the fur trade. In addition, there has been a substantial increase in captive farming of the dogs for their winter fur, especially in China where millions are bred for fur.
Raccoon Dog
Raccoon Dog
In parts of their introduced range in Europe they are seen as an undesirable invasive species.