The adorable little guy above is not what you may think. He's a Tanuki, a raccoon dog. They are indigenous to Japan and while they are a bit different than other canines they are still in that family. They exist in the wild, but are also kept as pets like the one in the story at the link. I'd have sworn the little guy was an actual raccoon.
     Posted By: patty - Tue Jan 26, 2016
     Category: Animals | Dogs | Asia

Now, THAT'S weird!!
Here's a couple of links on Utube of the critter in action.
Watch This
This is a good report
Posted by Expat47 in Athens, Greece on 01/27/16 at 01:09 AM
Not just Japan, other sub-species of raccoon dog live in mainland East Asia as well. And they've escaped from fur farms in western Russia, from where they've started to spread over much of eastern Europe - where they're a pest on a par with American raccoons except that they have no natural predators there. Cute, yes, but also a problem.

Oh, and they have big testicles. I can't imagine how Patty failed to mention that...
Posted by Richard Bos on 01/27/16 at 07:05 AM
Because nobody takes pictures of that end Richard, so I didn't know. lol!
Posted by Patty in Ohio, USA on 01/27/16 at 11:34 PM
Most small dogs have what appear to be oversized gonads which may explain why the males are so hyper all the time. They're riding that 24/7 testosterone high.
Posted by Expat47 in Athens, Greece on 01/28/16 at 12:08 AM
Either they tree themselves or you need a *really* impressive hound.
Posted by TheCannyScot in Atlanta, GA on 01/28/16 at 03:16 PM
Perhaps we need to import them to South Florida to prey on our out of control Pythons.

And of course Patty doesn't look at that end of the critter, she is as pure and innocent as Ivory Soap.

Posted by Gator Guy on 01/28/16 at 07:49 PM
99 44/100% pure! And I SAID nobody tales pictures of that end, not that I wouldn't look. So must most of you be looking considering all the descriptions provided, not by me.
Posted by Patty in Ohio, USA on 01/28/16 at 08:57 PM
Takes, takes pictures I meant.
Posted by Patty in Ohio, USA on 01/28/16 at 08:59 PM
Not me personally - all I know is that they're infamous for it in Japanese mythology. Well, you know the Japanese and their weird fetishes...
Posted by Richard Bos on 01/29/16 at 09:56 AM
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