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Dogs and their relatives

The family Canidae (from Latin, canis, “dog”) is a lineage of carnivorans that includes domestic dogs, wolves, coyotes, foxes, jackals, dingoes, and many other extant and extinct dog-like mammals.

Canids live on all continents except Antarctica. That’s because it they didn’t migrate their on their own, they did so by following humans.

These animals vary in size from the 2-m-long (6 ft 7 in) gray wolf to the 24-cm-long (9.4 in) fennec fox. That said, canids share similar body types. That is, they typically have long muzzles, upright ears, teeth adapted for cracking bones and slicing flesh, long legs, and bushy tails.

Like humans, they are social animals. Hence, canids live in family units or small groups. Typically, only the dominant pair in a group breeds. Then, the pack rears a litter of young in their underground den.

Canids communicate by scent signals and vocalizations. Not only that, but they are very intelligent. This is why one canid, the domestic dog, is the most common domestic animal in the world.

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