Three wild dogs on the move in morning mist


The dog family (Canidae) contains all the fox, wolf, coyote, jackal and dog species. Wild canids are found on every continent, with the exception of Antarctica.

Scientific name: Canidae

Rank: Family

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Map showing the distribution of the Dogs taxa

The shading illustrates the diversity of this group - the darker the colour the greater the number of species. Data provided by WWF's Wildfinder.

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