raccoon dog

raccoon dog
a small wild dog of the genus Nyctereutes, common in Asia, resembling a raccoon in coat and coloration.

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 (Nyctereutes procyonoides), member of the dog family (Canidae) native to eastern Asia and introduced into Europe. Some authorities place it in the raccoon family, Procyonidae. It resembles the raccoon in having dark facial markings that contrast with its yellowish brown coat, but it does not have a ringed tail. It has short, brown or blackish limbs, a heavy body, and rounded ears. Head and body length is 50–65 cm (20–26 inches); tail length, 13–18 cm; and weight, about 7.5 kg (16.5 pounds). Most active at night, the raccoon dog is omnivorous and feeds on small animals, fish, vegetation, and carrion. Litters contain 5–12 young, born after a gestation period reported at 60–79 days. The long fur of the raccoon dog is sold commercially as “Ussuri raccoon,” or “tanuki.”

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  • raccoon dog — /rəˈkun dɒg/ (say ruh koohn dog) noun a small wild dog, Nyctereutes procyonoides, of eastern Asia, and introduced into Europe for fur farming, having dark marks around the eyes that give it some resemblance to a raccoon …   Australian English dictionary

  • raccoon dog — noun small wild dog of eastern Asia having facial markings like those of a raccoon • Syn: ↑Nyctereutes procyonides • Hypernyms: ↑wild dog • Member Holonyms: ↑Nyctereutes, ↑genus Nyctereutes …   Useful english dictionary

  • raccoon dog — n. Asian dog having a long yellowish brown coat and a raccoon face …   English contemporary dictionary

  • raccoon dog — noun Date: 1868 a small omnivorous canid (Nyctereutes procyonoides) of eastern Asia having a long yellowish brown coat and facial markings resembling that of a raccoon called also tanuki …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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