Raccoon Dogs – What Are They And Why Do They Pose A Threat? - PEST UK

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Raccoon Dogs – What Are They And Why Do They Pose A Threat?

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What Is A Raccoon Dog?

Whilst the word raccoon appears in their title, raccoon dogs are actually members of the canid (dog) family. They are indigenous to East Asia and are omnivores, feeding on birds, rodents and amphibians. They do not bark, but growl and whine. Are there raccoon dogs in the UK? Possibly in very small numbers currently.


Are Raccoon Dogs Legal In The UK?

It is illegal to sell raccoon dogs in the UK since February 2019. It is illegal to breed raccoon dogs.

a raccoon dog staring into the distance

A raccoon dog staring into the distance


Are Raccoon Dogs Dangerous?

Like any wild animal, raccoon dogs may display unpredictable behaviour and should not be approached as they could potentially be dangerous. There is also further concern due to a host of diseases that they can carry.


Can A Raccoon Dog Be A Pet?

Whilst they may look loveable and cute, raccoon dogs are not suited to life as a domesticated pet. They are wild animals, usually live in groups and are suited to ranging over large distances. The RSPCA strongly discourage members of the public from keeping raccoon dogs as pets in the UK.


Problems With Raccoon Dogs?

In the UK our native wildlife, foxes in particular, would be in direct competition with raccoon dogs. They will also feed on native ground birds, rodents and amphibians.



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