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Dholes, also called Asian red dogs or Asiatic wild dog (Cuon alpinus), are pack-living canids, although they are unique amongst this family in having a thickset muzzle and one less molar tooth on each side of the lower jaw. The bushy coat is usually a rusty red colour with white on the belly, chest and paws. Different subspecies exist and those in the northern parts of the dhole's range have lighter and longer hair than their southern relatives. The bushy tail is black and the pups are also born a sooty black colour before acquiring their adult coat at around three months of age. The large rounded ears are filled with white hair and the eyes are amber. Males tend to be significantly larger in size than females. Dholes have a wide range of vocalisations including an extremely distinctive whistle that is used to reassemble pack members in the thick forest of their habitat.

Dhole Subspecies



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