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Nov 09, 2007

Raccoon... dogs!? Ruh roh!

WAIT A MINUTO! Those aren't dogs... are they?

According to Wikipedia, there is such a thing as a raccoon dog... amazing BUT TRUE


Biopix.com, nice photo—I still don't believe it though.

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It is true! Raccoon Dogs are native to Japan and are know for their crafty ways. There are even japanese tales of the raccoon dog and the fox, each trying to out-trick the other!

Laurie K.
 |  Nov 09, 2007 at 06:00 AM

Did a search on Wikipedia ... 'tis true.

 |  Nov 09, 2007 at 06:01 AM

These are the cute little buggers that are killed and used as "faux fur" in Chinese manufacturing. Poor guys.

 |  Nov 09, 2007 at 06:02 AM

A 'coon by any other name is a ... dog?!!

Who'da thunk it!

 |  Nov 09, 2007 at 06:03 AM

Beautiful animals! from the link i learned that Racoon Dogs are the only species in their Genus.
Katy--i hope you are are wrong about them being use for fur toys. that makes me cry.

{{{{hugs coon dogs}}}}}

 |  Nov 09, 2007 at 06:06 AM

Sorry, Mars, it's true. I think it was PDiddy that got caught using the fur for his coats. They are cute fat little things though. :)

 |  Nov 09, 2007 at 06:13 AM

Is this the result of Interspecies Snorgling? Who knew the CO categories had such cute consequences...

 |  Nov 09, 2007 at 06:14 AM

It is sad but true, they are used as "fake" fur. I saw a program on tv that said a lot of their fur ends up in coats & other things sold around the world labeled as synthetic or fake fur. Best not to buy anything that remotely resembles fur...stick to cotton!

 |  Nov 09, 2007 at 06:15 AM

*reaches arms to screen*

Ehhhnnn...ehhhnnn....must havvveee...

 |  Nov 09, 2007 at 06:15 AM

GameLuvGirl, those are tanukis! There are some interesting Japanese tales featuring tanukis wherein they use their fat little bellies as drums. Same animal...cute little guys.

 |  Nov 09, 2007 at 06:17 AM

Those are definitely Tanukis!
You can find adorably chubby statues of them outside of all sorts of businesses in Japan. They are known for their giant, er, "junk" and it's good luck to rub their "junk" (on the statues of course)

 |  Nov 09, 2007 at 06:17 AM

Raccoon dogs/tanukis are featured in the Ghibli movie Pom Poko, which is kind of long but a very cute movie!

Also remember the raccoon suit that Mario wore in Super Mario Bros. 3? Where you could turn into a stone statue? That was a tanuki suit! The stone statue thing is because of the folk tradition that tanukis can change into stone statues to trick people!

/know-it-all mode!

 |  Nov 09, 2007 at 06:17 AM

Racoon dogs are timid and gentle members of the canine family. If you ride the subway in New York like me you will see many pieces of these little guys sewn on to the hoodies of many subway riders. Burlington coat factory sells a lot of racoon dog fur on it's products. I say dese doggies r more cute chillin' wif friends like in cute pic than cut up and sewn to a hoodie. :-( You agree, no?

 |  Nov 09, 2007 at 06:19 AM

No way. Are you all pulling my tail. They can't be dogs.
Are they? No way.

 |  Nov 09, 2007 at 06:20 AM

Tanuki! Someone already mentioned the exceedingly weird Studio Ghibli movie Pom Poko, but I would like to add that, in this movie, the Tanukis somehow use their testicles to fly. I saw it without subtitles and must tell you, this was mystifying.

 |  Nov 09, 2007 at 06:21 AM

I think there is a segment on raccoon dogs in David Attenbrough's Life of Mammals... if I'm remembering rightly.

 |  Nov 09, 2007 at 06:24 AM

AAAAAHHHHH!!!!!! too cute, too cute!!! AAAAHHHHH!!!!

 |  Nov 09, 2007 at 06:26 AM

that's kinda creepy.

 |  Nov 09, 2007 at 06:28 AM

Eeeeeeeee! The expression on the little fella on the right is too much! He's all, "Yes. Yes, I am. I AM too furry for my own good,thankyewverramuch." And the other little guy is "Dude, they're taking pictures again. Sheesh. And me with no product on the coif."

Hee hee hee. I also love the wiki-scription: "Raccoon Dogs are secretive and not very aggressive; they prefer to hide or scream rather than fight." The guy on the left certainly fits it.

Thank y'all for the link!!

 |  Nov 09, 2007 at 06:29 AM

They look like fancy keeshonds.

 |  Nov 09, 2007 at 06:38 AM

They use them for fur? Now I'm sad. This should be in sad category. :( :(
Stick to Cotton is right.

 |  Nov 09, 2007 at 06:39 AM

Me and a friend saw our first and only wild tanuki (they looked like a couple) wandering outside our cabin in broad daylight in the Western part of Japan a few years ago. We were so excited that we even bought tanuki costumes!

 |  Nov 09, 2007 at 06:43 AM

Katy, I thought 'Faux Fur' was fake material designed to look like fur?

 |  Nov 09, 2007 at 06:43 AM

So round and fluffy. I imagine they probably aren't huggable, but they look like they would be so nice to hug if they were. Great model for a stuffed animal - with faux fur of the acrylic variety.

 |  Nov 09, 2007 at 06:46 AM

Look how fat and fluffy they are! Urk. *dies*

How could anyone possibly think that marvelous s'mores fur looks better on some dumb human than on its original owner? I mean, they're SQUEEZABLE!

Space Cowgirl
 |  Nov 09, 2007 at 07:07 AM

Poor little fellers. Please to use for snorgling, not collars.

 |  Nov 09, 2007 at 07:11 AM

YM walks slowly up to the redonkulous fluff balls and sinks her hands in the floof to see how deep it is....

 |  Nov 09, 2007 at 07:15 AM

PS, You might want to sign the Humane Society of the United States petition for The Dog and Cat Fur Prohibition Enforcement Act of 2007:

 |  Nov 09, 2007 at 07:15 AM

Luvin, what Katy meant is that some items sold in the US as "faux" or fake fur, have been found to have real tanuki/raccoon dog, and other dog and cat fur. That's why there needs to be more stringent enforcement of labeling standards. People who would never buy real fur can be deceived into buying items made from the fur of these poor little critters. Please go to the HSUS Website through the link I gave above, and sign the petition, but *don't* look at the terribly sad and horrifying video of one of these little beasties being killed in China.

 |  Nov 09, 2007 at 07:30 AM

NEIN! They cannae use these cute beings for FUR!

And, a question: Are they legal as pets? Because I is SO wanting one!

Ginger's Cotton Socks
 |  Nov 09, 2007 at 07:32 AM

there are such things as racoon dogs, in fact, sometime when you buy cloths with the faux fur on them, its acctually the fur of these animals, who live in china. Peta is working on fixing that though.

 |  Nov 09, 2007 at 07:32 AM

They do exist and sadly their fur is often used as trim. There are horrible stories [...which don't belong on Cute Overload - Ed.] It's barbaric. Poor little guys. :(

If you want to know what you can do to help the fur-free cause, go here: http://www.hsus.org/furfree/

 |  Nov 09, 2007 at 07:32 AM

Theresa, Thank you for the information. I will go onto that link and sign the petition now, believe me every petition I have signed I never look at the videos. I also am a member of Care2 and visit it every day.

 |  Nov 09, 2007 at 07:35 AM

there is also a video [edited -- not C.O. material] ...that's when i stopped watching.... :-(

 |  Nov 09, 2007 at 07:42 AM

At first I thought they were dogs bred to look like raccoons.

Deckard Canine
 |  Nov 09, 2007 at 07:47 AM

did you know there's raccoon cats as well...

 |  Nov 09, 2007 at 07:49 AM

I've definitely heard the stories about htese cute wittle fluffers [edited] but I'm too chicken to watch them. Just reading the description made me kind of dizzy. What I wouldn't give to adopt all of them from the cages and keep them from being made into ugly coats. I believe it was JC Penney's who carried the coats and refused to stop selling them when they learned what it took to make those garish "faux fur" hood linings. ;_;
These little guys are so cute, why would anyone ever think they shouldn't be allowed to flourish in their fuzzy cuteness?

She lurks in the shadows
 |  Nov 09, 2007 at 07:50 AM

Wow, typos.

I need to hug a raccoon dog.

She lurks in the shadows
 |  Nov 09, 2007 at 07:50 AM

Yay Tanuki!

 |  Nov 09, 2007 at 08:00 AM

Sometimes I know why I love animals more than alot of people. I can't believe that people could actually do this. When will it end.
Why if they are going to do this why must they make the poor helpless animal suffer [edited].
I didn't think I would come to cuteoverload and cry.

 |  Nov 09, 2007 at 08:04 AM

they look just like my pommie Sugar Bear!
its just heart breaking.
i wonder if they are considered vermin in China or something.
you would have to be a pretty heartless _-hole to be able to do something nasty like that to something this adorable. i just dont understand it.

 |  Nov 09, 2007 at 08:06 AM

To Sarah and others who mentioned the Tanuki's..."junk"; I totally hear you! The first time I went to Japan I saw a statue of a tanuki with the biggest testicles I've ever seen! At first I was kinda shocked, but I had to laugh, and of course we all eventually rubbed the "junk" for luck. Unfortunately I never saw a real tanuki the whole time I was there. There are too cute!

 |  Nov 09, 2007 at 08:07 AM

KidUgly you have. killed. me. ded. *ploit*

 |  Nov 09, 2007 at 08:15 AM

Man! I had no idea such an animal existed! o_O
And how come they use their real fur as fake fur? It's fake fake fur, because it's real!
::Mind Boggles::

 |  Nov 09, 2007 at 08:39 AM

Soooo what you're telling us is that there are dogs with THUMBS?
*runs for the hills*

On a serious note, I just don't get how people can wear fur. God bless and protect these dear little creatures. *sniff*

 |  Nov 09, 2007 at 08:43 AM

Y'all, I am shocked [at the fur trade... - Ed.] But I am also a little bit surprised that nobody who is allergic to animal fur has ever bought a garment with their fur on it and then sued the company. That's the kind of thing that would get the practice stopped pretty quickly--allergic child in hospital, parents devastated, style of fing.

However, those of you who are contemplating how cute the tanuki are and wanting one for a pet--don't do eet! Wild animals aren't meant to be pets. They won't get what they need from you, no matter how much you wuvs them.

 |  Nov 09, 2007 at 08:43 AM

Wait, do they have thumbs or not...I mean, are they more dogy or more racoony?

 |  Nov 09, 2007 at 08:46 AM

You know what? I don't come to Cute Overload to hear folks talk graphically about animal cruelty [edited *myself* there]. And you know what else? I don't have to.

Stop now.

 |  Nov 09, 2007 at 08:47 AM

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