About the dog family (Canidae)

Both familiar species, such as the wolf, red fox and Arctic fox, and the lesser-known species such as raccoon dog and golden jackal are Norwegian animals that belong to the dog family.

Foto: Roger Brendhagen.

The dog family

Latin: Canidae
Number of species living wild in Norway: 5. 
Number of species living wild in the world: 37. 


Canid, members of the dog family, are usually adaptable and effective hunters. The red fox is the most common canid in Norway today, although both arctic foxes and wolves used to exist in much larger numbers than that of today. A fourth canid is the raccoon dog, which is blacklisted and not wanted in Norway. The fifth canid is the newly registered golden jackal.