Bush dog, savannah dog
This is a small and stocky dog that looks like a terrier. They are one of the most social canids.
Bush dogs can live for up to 10 years in captivity.
Body length: 57.5-75cm, Tail length: 12.5-15cm, Standing height: 30cm, Weight: 5-7kg.
Bush dogs are stocky and terrier-like, with short legs and a short tail.
Bush dogs inhabit Central and South America, from Panama to Peru, Brazil and Paraguay.
They live in forest and savannah.
Bush dogs feed mainly on rodents, including pacas and agoutis. They swim well and readily pursue prey into water.
Little is known about the behaviour of bush dogs, but it is believed that they live in groups of 10 and hunt in packs. They mark the boundaries of their territory with urine. They are diurnal and during the night, they den in burrows or hollow tree trunks. Males have been observed bringing food to nursing females in the den.
After a gestation period of 67 days, females give birth to 1-6 pups.
Bush dogs are classified as Vulnerable by the 2000 IUCN Red List. They are still widespread but are scarce throughout their range, and numbers are decreasing as settlement progresses and forests are cleared.