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What family of animals do dogs belong to?

What family of animals do dogs belong to?

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Asked by G. Horace, Last updated: Aug 01, 2020

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Christian Jackson

Christian Jackson, Content Developer, Austin

Answered Jul 23, 2018

Dogs belong to the family of animals known as Canidae. This family includes other carnivorous dog-like mammals such as wolves, coyotes, foxes, jackals, and dingoes. In addition to eating meat, and some plants, members of this family share other characteristics such as an extraordinary sense of smell and hearing, nimble and powerful bodies to help them chase down prey, and large jaws and teeth to help them eat the prey, once caught.

Most canids live in groups (or packs) although some individual canids can live alone. Also, most canids will breed once a year and they can give birth from one to sixteen or more babies.

 

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