Raccoon dogs look very similar to raccoons but have no genetic similarities between them. They belong to the Canidae family, which is known to have distinct dog and wolf-like characteristics and appearance. These animals are both carnivorous and omnivorous mammals.
They are monogamous and will mate for life. Only if the mate dies or is killed will the other search for a new mate. Two mates will hibernate in one den. During this period they will maintain close body contact to keep each other warm and will groom each other as well. This is a trait not practiced by canines, as dogs neither hibernate nor are they monogamous by nature.