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The Difference Between Dogs and Raccoon Dogs

Since it has the word “dog” in its name, a raccoon dog would behave just the same as a “man’s best friend” would, right? You might want to take a closer look at these creatures first or you might regret taking a tanuki (another name for raccoon dog) as a pet. They might seem like dogs, but they really aren’t. 

So what are their differences and similarities to dogs? Are raccoon dogs domestic or are they wild? What’s the right way to take care of them? Those are what Rachel Gutman of The Atlantic set to find out in her interview with Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden curator, Rebecca Snyder.

See the interview transcript over at the website.

(Image Credit: Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden)


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