RSPCA Warns Against Keeping Raccoon Dogs as Pets · TF Oren

The fur industry is illegal in the UK. But raccoon dogs are relatively easy to buy as pets.
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Though native to eastern Asia, raccoon dogs have been introduced widely in Europe. Wild raccoon dogs have been captured in England (Nowak 1999, p. 653). They are also sold as exotic pets there, and no doubt escape occasionally, but they seem to be quite rare. So it's also conceivable that this alleged hybrid is the product of a natural mating between a raccoon dog (which could not find a mate of its own kind) and a native red fox.
The RSPCA has issued a warning against what it says is a growing trend for keeping raccoon dogs as pets.
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I’m confused by your post. Dogs (domestic pets) were once wild too. Raccoon dogs are a part of the dog family and do not deserve a life in a wire cage only to have their heads slammed on concrete and then skinned alive for fashion. People can be so ignorant and selfish it makes me sick. No animal is a pest. Though if you consider a pest a population that is out of control and using up all the resources it inhabits then HUMANS are the only pests on this planet. We are grossly overpopulated and will get a big smack in the face when we pollute all the waterways and cause the extinction of our kind. Raccoon dogs are native in East Asia, where some are kept as domesticated pets and their non-domesticated counterparts are known as ‘tanuki’.
Photo provided by FlickrThe RSPCA has issued a warning against what it says is a growing trend for keeping raccoon dogs as pets.
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The RSPCA warning comes after , when a stray raccoon dog was found hiding in a garden near Boston, Lincolnshire, a town on the east coast of England. It is also issued in response to the growing popularity of keeping raccoon dogs as pets in the U.K.Raccoon dogs are a type of canine but the breed is described as 'Asiatic raccoon' on luxury coat labels, partly due to off-putting comparisons with domestic pets.Raccoon dog fur on coats sold online as "raccoon" by Neiman Marcus, Dillard's and Loehmann's (via Smartbargains. com), and as "rabbit" by Bergdorf Goodman and Footlocker. The brands involved were Andrew Marc, Michael Kors, Oscar de la Renta, Bogner and Rocawear. Raccoon dogs are a breed of dog from China, which resemble racoons. Unlike racoons, which are wild and will bite, racoon dogs are gentle and tame and will be loyal pets up until the day they are ready to be skinned.Raccoon dogs are a type of canine but the breed is described as 'Asiatic raccoon' on luxury coat labels, partly due to off-putting comparisons with domestic pets.

Animal Equality investigated two farms, each holding 300 or 400 raccoon dogs, animals were:Sweden has a relatively small population of raccoon dogs – now probably fewer than 100, says Ahlen. He estimates there are up to 1,000 in Denmark and hundreds of thousands in Germany and Poland. In Finland the population is rising and in spring is approximately 250,000 – although about a million cubs are born each year, most die from starvation, hunting and road accidents. In Norway, there are “hopefully zero – we try to keep it that way”. In France a few sightings and some road kills have been reported. The creatures could soon establish themselves in the wild both there and in the UK where escaped pets pose a potential problem, he says.Canine Distemper is an even more common raccoon disease, it's fatal to raccoons, and some symptoms are very similar to rabies. Pets, such as dogs, are very vulnerable to this disease, so be careful to prevent a Fido-Rocky encounter. The early stages of distemper mimic rabies, and it's important that domestic dogs and cats have full vaccinations and are checked for worms once a year, even if there's no raccoon presence nearby.