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Ever heard of a raccoon dog? - It is not a just a big raccoon

 
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Ever heard of a raccoon dog? - It is not a just a big raccoon
I had no idea such a dog existed. I would have guessed these were just big raccoons.

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The raccoon dog: cute, wild and a terrible idea for a pet

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The cuddly-looking feral creature has been increasingly seen in the UK but they could cause havoc with native wildlife – and naive pet owners

Are you an insomniac show-off, who has dense undergrowth and a pond in your garden? Are you keen to wipe out all the local toads and frogs, and fairly relaxed about having hookworm, flatworm or fatal fox tapeworm? If so, then the raccoon dog is the pet for you. And you may be able to buy one at an animal market in Clitheroe, Lancashire, for £60.

The RSPCA would prefer that you didn’t, however: raccoon dogs are wild animals, one of the earliest forms of dog, and related to foxes and wolves (although no relation to actual raccoons, despite visual similarities) – they often go into a sort of torpor in winter, are mainly nocturnal and are certainly not happy in market cages or houses. So people who keep them as pets tend to get sick of them. This can lead to raccoon dogs being released into the countryside, where they multiply rapidly, with disastrous consequences for local wildlife.

After being introduced to Russia and other European countries from east Asia 80 years ago, mainly to be hunted for their fur, the raccoon dog has spread far and wide. In Finland, where a million cubs are born annually, they prey on frogs and toads, with the southernmost part of the country greatly depleted, according to PA Åhlén of the Association for Hunting and Wildlife Management in neighbouring Sweden. Sweden is now trying to eradicate them, while the country still has a few frogs, toads and ground-nesting birds left.

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Re: Ever heard of a raccoon dog? - It is not a just a big raccoon
I thought you were talking about Coon Dogs like you use to hunt coons with.
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Re: Ever heard of a raccoon dog? - It is not a just a big raccoon
I thought you were talking about Coon Dogs like you use to hunt coons with.
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We had a couple of coon dogs growing up. When I first saw pics of this dog I thought the person posting was just confused by large raccoons. It is in fact a dog. I wonder if they would be any good as coon dogs?
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