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Small-Eared Dog

Small-Eared Dog
Credit: Amanda Stronza
Photographed in Tambopata, Peru, 2011

Small-Eared Dog Range Map (South America)
Small-Eared Dog Range Map (South America)

Latin Name Atelocynus microtis
Conservation Status Near Threatened
Location South America
Colour Grey
Length 72 - 100 cms (28 - 39 inches)
Tail 25 - 35 cms (10 - 14 inches)
Weight 9 - 10 Kgs (20 - 22 lbs)
Life Expectancy


Main Characteristics

Small-Eared Dogs have a body length between 72 and 100 cms (28 - 39 inches), a tail length between 25 and 35 cms (10 - 14 inches) and they weigh between 9 and 10 kgs (20 - 22 lbs).

They have short, slender limbs with partly webbed paws that help it to move around in its partly aquatic habitat. They have a large, elongated head, small rounded ears, a fox-like muzzle and long canine teeth that protrude even when their muzzle is closed.

They have short, thick fur that ranges from dark to reddish grey but it can also have a bluish or brown tinge. They usually have a dark streak on their back and a brighter streak on their bushy tail.


Small-Eared Dogs are endemic to the Amazonian Basin, South America. They are elusive animals and they prefer a solitary lifestyle.


Small-Eared Dogs mainly feed on fish, small mammals, insects, crabs, fruit, amphibians, reptiles and birds.


Little is known about reproduction in Small-Eared Dogs.


Larger felids are a threat to Small-Eared Dogs.


Subspecies of the Small-Eared Dog Include:

Atelocynus microtis microtis
Atelocynus microtis sclateri

Interesting Facts

Small-Eared Dogs are also known as:
Short-Eared Dog
Small-Eared Fox
Short-Eared Fox
Small-Eared Zorro
Short-Eared Zorro

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Bush Dog
Raccoon Dog


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