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7 Exotic Pets, Which are Dogs

Updated on September 16, 2017

Usually wolves, coyote, Jackal and foxes are kept as exotic pets. But there are many other wild and non-domesticated animals which are kept as exotic pets and belongs to canid family, are the members of dog species and doesn’t belong to a wolf or fox species. They were never domesticated and yet wild. They all are amazing pets that are rare and have their unique specialties, read this article to know the 7 dogs are less known and kept as exotic pets.

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1. The Short-Eared Dog

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The short eared dogs are native from Amazonian basin and also known as the short-eared Zorro and small-eared dogs. The short eared dogs are medium sized dogs that have short and rounded ears, short and slender limbs, shiny, thick coat, fox-like muzzle and bushy tail. The color of short eared dogs varies from dark to reddish-grey, but some of the dogs are also available in navy blue, coffee brown, dark Gray or chestnut-grey until to black. They are one of the most unusual colors which are never domesticated but they are a shy and social animal.

Physical Traits

Country of origin: South America

Scientific name: Atelocynus microtis

Height: 28 to 39 inches

Weight: 9 - 10 kg, can reach up-to 15 Kgs

Lifespan: No Reliable Data Available


2. Bush Dog

A Pet Bush Dog
A Pet Bush Dog | Source

Bush dogs are the rare and unique dogs, which are also known as Savannah Dog. Vinegar Dog or the French name Zorro. They are native from Amazon basin that also lives in other parts of South America. Adult Bush Dogs have soft long brownish-tan fur, with a lighter reddish tinge on the head, neck and back, accompanied with a bushy tail. But the puppies are darker in colour and tinges are usually not visible.

These dogs are very shy and it is difficult to spot them in the wild. Usually, they live around water and are the top notched swimmers that have excellent swimming ability and are capable of diving underwater. Their shy nature and extraordinary swimming talent make them unique. Bush dogs are the only species left living naturally in the wild, without human intervention, in the genus Speothos.

Physical Traits

Country of Origin: Central and South America

Scientific Name: Speothos venaticus

Height: 20–30 cm (8–12 in)

Weight: 5–8 kg (11–18 lb)

Lifespan: Approx. 6 years in wild and 10 years in captivity


3. Tanuki (Raccoon Dog)

Tanuki (Raccoon Dog)
Tanuki (Raccoon Dog) | Source

Raccoon Dogs are also known as Tanuki, which are the member of the canid family but they are not the true dog and also known as Magnut and because of their resemblance to a Raccoon they are commonly known as Raccoon dog that lives in Asia (mainly in Japan), in pairs or small groups. Male Tanukis are helpful fathers, bringing food to their pregnant mate and helping to raise the young.

Raccoon dogs suffer and die for their fur in intensive confinement operations in China and Finland, and their fur has been widely faked as fur of different species. Raccoon dogs do not bark like foxes but growl.

Physical Traits

Country of Origin: Japan (Asia)

Scientific name: Nyctereutes procyonoides

Height: 38.1 to 50.8cm (15 to 20 inches)

Weight: 4 to 6 kg in the summer to 6 to 10 kg in the winter

Lifespan: 6–7 years in wild and 11 years in captivity


4: Albino Tanuki (Raccoon Dog)

Albino Tanuki (Raccoon Dog)
Albino Tanuki (Raccoon Dog) | Source

Albino Tanuki dogs are rare born White coloured Raccoon Dogs. The white Tanuki was discovered in 2013, in japan. That has blue eyes and similar physical traits like other tanukis. Initially, it was assumed the white coats can be the result of albinism, and they got their name Albino Tanuki or Japanese Raccoon Dog. But the white coat was inherited and not caused by albinism.

Physical Traits

Country of Origin: Japan (Asia)

Scientific name: Nyctereutes procyonoides

Height: 38.1 to 50.8cm (15 to 20 inches)

Weight: 4 to 6 kg in the summer to 6 to 10 kg in the winter

Lifespan: 6–7 years in wild and 11 years in captivity


5. African Wild Dog

African Wild Dog
African Wild Dog | Source

The African wild dogs are medium to large sized non-domesticated wild dogs, native from African region. They are also recognized by other names also, like, Cape wild dog, African wild dog, African hunting dog, bat-ear dogs, African painted dog and painted wolf. The African wild dogs are the most athletic and solidly built of African candles, which are very social animals that live in a pack.
African wild dogs are the intelligent hunters, they can run up to the speed of 41 mph for 10 to 60 minutes. Usually male dog takes charge for the first attack by grabbing dangerous prey by the nose. African wild dogs kill their prey in 2-5 minutes but they may take 30 minutes to take down some larger prey like wildebeest and warthogs.

Physical Traits

Country of origin: Africa

Scientific name: Lycaon pictus

Height: 30 inches at shoulder

Weight: 49 lbs (Adult), Average 55 and 70 pounds

Life span: 11 years


6. Asiatic Wild Dog

Asiatic Wild Dog
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Dhole are the wild dogs, lives in Asian countries (mainly in India and South Asian countries) that are also known as an Asiatic wild dog, Dhole, Indian Wild dog, Red wolf. They are medium sized, very athletic and sturdy dogs that live in the large pack and look like a mix of dog and fox.
But their genetic study confirmed that they do not have a blood line of Dog or Fox and they belong to distinct species. Asiatic wild dogs can be smooth coated or hairy. Usually, the dogs that live in cold weather they are hairy like the dogs from the Indian Himalayan region and the border of India and Russia but the that are living in Central and soSouthndia, are smooth coated.

Physical Standards

Country of origin: India, Asia

Scientific name: Cuon alpinus

Height: 17 - 22 inches, Average (50 cm)

Length: 90 cm

Weight: Male: 15 - 20 kg,Female: 10 - 13 kg

Life span: Average 10 years, with Maximum longevity in captivity is 15–16 years.


7. Australian Dingo

The Australian Dingo Dog as Pet
The Australian Dingo Dog as Pet | Source

Australian Dingos are the wild dogs from Australia, which are best described as “a wolf in the form of a dog”. Their origin is not clear, but many breeders and biologists believe that basically, they are the primitive type dogs, which were bought in Australia from Asian countries and possibly they mixed with native wolves and created Dingo. Dingo are social animals that live in packs in wild and depends on the hunt, even they also eat dead animal meat. They are naturally healthy, athletic and sturdy dogs, even they are wild animals. They are friendly animals that do not attack humans and easy to domesticate and make a good pet.

Physical Standards

Country of Origin: Australia

Scientific name: Canis lupus dingo

Height: 1.7 – 2.0 ft. (Adult, At Shoulder)

Weight: 29 – 44 lbs (Adult)

Life span: 15 to 20 years


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