Raccoon dogs live in very cold areas and are the only species of canid that is known to hibernate.
The Raccoon Dog, also known as the Mangut, Tanuki or Neoguri is a canid indigenous to East Asia. It is the only extant species in the genus Nyctereutes. It is unrelated to raccoons, and it is a close relative of true foxes rather than the domestic dog.
These beautiful little animals grow up to 71 cm long. They have short stubby legs for running through the forest and long, sharp claws that help them to climb trees.
They are omnivores, eating a wide range of food, including rodents, frogs, birds, eggs, insects, carrion, nuts, fruit, grains and bulbs.
At breeding time, females give birth to 6-7 pups, although they can give birth to up to 16 in rare cases. They are able to start breeding before they are one year old.
Raccoon dogs have been hunted for many years for their lovely warm fur, but they are still quite common. They are native to the forests of Japan, Korea, Mongolia, eastern China and eastern Russia, but have been introduced into most of Europe where some people consider them to be pests.