Nyctereutes – Raccoon dog

Name meaning ‘night wanderer,’ were indeed of the earliest canines to arrive in the Old World

The genus Nyctereutes is a genus of canids within the subfamily Caninae. Species from this genus are commonly known as raccoon dogs; this includes the common raccoon dog and sometimes the Japanese raccoon dog (thought to be a subspecies of the common raccoon dog). This genus also consists of 7 members who became extinct before the Pleistocene.

They generally have a short snout and round head. These creatures are primarily considered opportunistic carnivore that feeds on birds, small mammals, fishes, insects, and occasionally plants, particularly the roots. However, their diet can be influenced by environmental factors such as seasons and local availability.