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These Beautiful Wild Dogs In Their Natural Environment

Take a stroll across the grasslands, jungles, and mountains of the world with these stunning beasts. These are some species of Wild Dogs that span the globe, some you probably know (some you may not!) all with a predatory air about them. But you can definitely still see their resemblance to our own friends and family, what I'd consider the household "wild" dogs. Who knows? Maybe these guys are Nature's best friend!

 1. African Wild Dog (Lycaon Pictus)

Their name translates literally to the "painted wolf", and they are found mostly in the quickly depleting woodlands of the sub-Saharan region of Africa. Though they primarily feed on rodents and small animals, they have also been known to hunt wildebeests and antelopes. 

2. Arctic Wolf (Canis lupus arctos )

A beautiful creature for sure, but don't be fooled by the cuteness of its young. The Arctic Wolf is a formidable predator and can tackle even large prey, moving as a pack. They usually inhabit Alaska, Greenland and are also found in parts of Canada. 

Let's not forget the Fox is also a member of the Canine family!    

3. Arctic Fox (Vulpes Lagopus)

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These quick and agile little beasts are the scavengers of the tundras they inhabit and even feed off the leftovers of other big predators. They are largely found in Greenland, Russia, Scandinavia, Norway, Canada, Alaska, and even Iceland.

4. Bat-Eared Fox (Otocyon megalotis)

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Found most commonly in the African Savanna, this basal canid species has been around for over 800,000 years. This predator is an insectivore, usually feeding on everything from ants and beetles to scorpions and spiders.  

5. Bengal Fox (Vulpes Bengalensis)

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This lightweight canid calls the Indian Subcontinent home along with the foothills of the Himalayas. They feed on everything from insects and fruits to rodents and small birds. 

6. Bush Dog (Speothos venaticus)

These interesting looking canids are amongst the smallest in the canine family and are predominantly located in rainforests. In the dense forests of the tropics, its small stature makes it a fierce and fast predator. 

7. Cape Fox (Vulpes chama)

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Also known as the silver-backed fox, the cape fox is an omnivore and a burrower. As a nocturnal species, it is most commonly seen before dawn or after dusk. It sustains on a diet of plants and raw animals. 

8. Coyote (Canis latrans)

This close relative of the Red Wolf and Grey Wolf is most commonly found in North America but has also been seen in parts of Central America and Mexico. It feeds on a myriad of prey, including smaller ones like rodents, fish and birds and even rabbits and deer.  

9. Crab-eating Fox (Cerdocyon Thous)

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This dark little beauty is a native of central South America, and is also known as the wood fox, forest fox or even Maikong. Its diet consists of small prey and turtle eggs. 

10.  Dhole - Asian Wild Dog (Cuon alpinus)

This member of the canine family is found spread across the wide expanse of Asia. It is known by different names all over, including Red Fox, Indian Wild Dog, Asiatic Wild Dog, and mountain wolf. These carnivores are excellent hunters. 

11. Ethiopian Wolf (Canis simensis)

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The Ethiopian wolf is a pack animal native to, as the name would suggest,the Ethiopian Highlands. They have a distinctive red coat and they mostly feed on rodents native to grassy areas like common grass rats and giant mole rats. 

12. Grey Fox (Urocyon cinereoargenteus)

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This fox is among the larger of its family members and is predominantly gray with reddish tinges, hence the name. They are great hunters with a keen sense of hearing, sight and smell. They have been found in Venezuela, Columbia, Canada and across the Rocky Mountains. 

13. Jackal (Canis Aureus) 

 The different types of Jackals are found in a variety of habitats, ranging from open savannas and desserts, to marshes and mountains. They are primarily found in woodlands. They are omnivores and are sometimes prey to larger species like leopards, hyenas, and eagles.    

14. Maned Wolf (Chrysocyon brachyurus)

Somewhere between a fox and a wolf, this canid's scientific names translates to "golden dog". It is found across South America in Brazil, Argentina, Paraguay, Peru and even north of the Andes. They usually do their hunting at night and predominantly feed on smaller animals. 

15. Red Wolf (Canis lupus rufus or Canis rufus)

This species is native to the southeastern region of the United States and is a genetic mix between the Coyote and the Grey Wolf. They largely hunt medium to small prey like rabbits, white-tailed deer, and rodents. 

16. Tibetan Wolf (Canis lupus filchneri)

This woolly fox is native to certain regions of China and the Tibetan Plateau. Found mostly in colder regions, they eat goats and sheep during the winters, marmots in the warmer seasons. Hares are their most frequent prey. 

17. Timber Wolf (Canis lupus)

This stunning species moves and hunts in packs and follows a clear hierarchy. This lets them take down larger prey like bisons, moose, elk, deer, caribou, and many others. Some people even have timber wolves as pets. They are scattered across North America, Asia, and Europe. 
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