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Bush Dog

Bush Dog
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Bush Dog Range Map (Central & South America)
Bush Dog Range Map (Central & South America)

Latin Name Speothos venaticus
Conservation Status Vulnerable
Location C & S America
Colour Brown
Length 57 - 75 cms (22.5 - 30 inches)
Tail 12.5 - 15 cms (5 - 6 inches)
Weight 5 - 7 Kgs (11 - 15 lbs)
Life Expectancy

10 Yrs

Main Characteristics

Bush Dogs have a body length between 57 and 75 cms (22.5 - 30 inches), a tail length between 12.5 and 15 cms (5 - 6 inches) and they weigh between 5 and 7 kgs (11 - 15 lbs).

They are brown in colour with a darker underside and tail. Their legs are relatively short compared to their body and they have small ears and a short snout.


Bush dogs can be found in central and South America.


Bush dogs are carnivores and they mainly feed on paca, which is a large rodent.


After a gestation period of 63 days and litter of 1 - 6 pups are born. They are weaned at 8 weeks and reach sexual maturity at 12 months old.



Subspecies of the Bush Dog Include:

Speothos venaticus panamensis
Speothos venaticus venaticus
Speothos venaticus wingei

Interesting Facts

Bush Dogs are also known as:
Vinegar Dog
Vinegar Fox
Water Dog
Perro vinagre
Perro de agua
Perro de monte
Zorro vinagre

Similar Animals

Raccoon Dog
Small-Eared Dog


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