Originally from the Far East, it was imported into Europe for the production of pelts. The animal was rapidly introduced to the wild. Over 9,000 were released in the 1930’s in what was then the USSR. From there the species started to colonise Europe. Its global distribution has doubled in 50 years. Today it is to be found in the Province of Luxembourg in Belgium. Raccoon dogs, which are nocturnal and crepuscular, normally live alone or in pairs but you might occasionally encounter them in small family groups. A pair’s territory in Europe varies between 100 and 200 hectares. It is the only representative of the family of Canidae to have been recorded partially hibernating in its original range. It does so from December to February, emerging on warmer days.