The Raccoon Dog (Nyctereutes procyonoides) is a small, heavy-set canid native to East Asia. It is one of two species in the genus Nyctereutes, along with the Japanese raccoon dog (Nyctereutes viverrinus).

They are commonly referred to as Chinese raccoon dogs, Asian raccoon dogs, mangut (Evenki), neoguri (Korean), or simply raccoons. These monogamous creatures typically have a mating season that lasts from early February until April in most locations.

Omnivorous in nature, they feed on insects, birds, rodents, amphibians, fish, reptiles, berries, nuts, and fruits – as well as carrion.

Racoon dogs are native to eastern Asia and have been introduced into Europe, where they can be found in most European Union countries as well as Poland. Unfortunately, these pets have become invasive in many of these places, becoming the largest wild animal in some areas.

This animal is nocturnal and has an acute sense of smell. They have been known to climb trees, swim and dive for their prey.

Like foxes, raccoons are highly social creatures. They hunt together in pairs or small family units and communicate by making sounds – usually growls and yelps but also high-pitched whines and whimpers!

They possess large ears, which are essential for hearing. Not only can they detect sound from far away, but their ears also aid in controlling body temperature.

Raccoon dogs differ from many other canines in that they do not bark. Instead, they make noises similar to high-pitched whines or whimpers but appear not particularly contented.

Racoon dogs usually live in wooded and open habitats with plenty of vegetation, particularly near water sources such as rivers or lakes. They’re commonly seen in forests, farmlands, and urban settings alike.

They possess a long face or muzzle, as well as an expansive tail. Their fur is typically darker in winter and lighter and reddish-straw in summer.

It is a relatively uncommon animal in the UK, though it can be an issue in certain regions. They often become traded as exotic pets and can become aggressive if kept in small cages.

Some people keep wild dogs indoors with humans, but this is not recommended as the animals can become difficult to manage when left alone.

Raccoon dogs can be highly aggressive and pose a danger to humans, so the RSPCA is warning people against keeping them as pets. Ms. Jayson stated: “We have had several cases of raccoon dogs in the UK which we have had to rehome. These creatures should never be kept in small cages.”

In certain parts of the world, owning a raccoon dog is illegal. According to an RSPCA spokesperson:

Wild raccoon dogs are unfortunately becoming increasingly vulnerable in Europe due to human activity. If you spot any raccoons, please reach out to your local wildlife rescue center or nearest animal hospital for help and advice.