Small-eared dog, small-eared zorro
The male small-eared fox, though smaller than the female, is dominant. Both the male and the female move with a catlike agility.
Small-eared dogs live for over 11 years in captivity.
Body length: 72-90cm, Tail length: 25-30cm, Standing height: 35cm, Weight: 9kg.
Small-eared dogs have rounded ears, which are relatively shorter than any other canid (34-52mm). The upper-parts are dark grey to black, and the under-parts are rufous mixed with grey and black. They have a black bushy tail.
Small-eared dogs live in Brazil and Peru.
They inhabit tropical forests from sea level to about 1,000m.
In captivity, small-eared dogs feed on raw meat, shoots of grass and rubbish.
Small-eared dogs are nocturnal and solitary.
Due to lack of research, the reproductive behaviour of small-eared dogs is unknown at present.
They are classified as Data Deficient. They may be at risk from the indirect influence of human intrusion throughout their range. They are protected by law in Brazil and Peru.