What Are Canids?

by OBDK on November 10, 2021

What are canids? 


Canids are mammals that belong to the dog family. Members include: 


  • Wolves – the largest members of the family. They weigh 70-100 pounds and can be found in North America, Europe, and Africa. 

  • Foxes – the smallest members of the family. They weigh 12-15 pounds and can be found on all continents. 

  • Dogs – which can be found in homes everywhere throughout the world. There are an estimated 700 million dogs worldwide. 

  • Jackals – they weigh 7-22 pounds and live in Southeastern Europe, Asia, and Africa. 

  • Coyotes – these canids weigh 20-50 pounds and can be found in North and Central America. 


Learn more about the subspecies of each of these animals in this article, including the similarities every canid shares and the key differences between them to help you identify which is which. 


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