(redirected from Canine family)
Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Medical.
Related to Canine family: Canids


(vertebrate zoology)
A family of carnivorous mammals in the superfamily Canoidea, including dogs and their allies.



a family of mammals of the order Carnivora. Canids range in length from 50 cm (small foxes) to 160 cm (wolf). The head is elongated, the muzzle is pointed, and the ears are erect. The tail is long and bushy. The forepaws have 5 toes, and the hind paws, four. The nails are blunt and nonretractile. The thick fur is usually fluffy and varies in coloration.

Canids comprise 14 (or 12) genera, embracing 29 species. They are widespread on all the continents except Antarctica. The USSR is the habitat of 5 genera, with the following eight species: the raccoon dog, wolf, jackal, arctic fox, Old World red fox, corsac fox, gray hoary fox, and Asiatic wild dog. Canids inhabit various types of terrain, living in burrows or dens. They feed primarily on animal substances, including carrion, but regularly eat plants as well. A single litter is produced per year, usually containing three or four blind offspring. (Occasionally a litter contains as many as 13 to 16 young.)

Most canids are hunted for their valuable fur (arctic fox. Old World red fox). A number of foxes, including the arctic fox, are raised in captivity (seeFUR FARMING). The greatest benefit of the mammals is that they destroy rodents that are agricultural pests. All domestic dog breeds belong to the family Canidae. Canids, especially the wolf, often kill useful mammals and birds, including domestic animals.


Novikov, G. A. Khishchnye mlekopitaiushchie fauny SSSR. Moscow-Leningrad, 1956.
Mlekopitaiushchie Sovetskogo Soiuza, vol. 2, part 1. Edited by V. G. Geptner and N. P. Naumov. Moscow, 1967.


References in periodicals archive ?
Other medical conditions may be less obvious but still contribute to tension in your canine family. Ask your veterinarian for a full thyroid panel for any of your dogs who seem particularly anxious and aggressive.
If your canine family members are snarling at each other from opposite sides of a baby gate, or one is defensively aggressive because she's trapped in her crate while her tormentor dances around the outside, it's not going to help your quest for world peace.
Whether due to size difference or not, conflict and potential injury between canine family members calls for careful management protocols, implementation of a behavior modification program to reduce or remove tension when possible, and if necessary, rehoming of one dog to prevent tragedy.
In our opinion, foods that you feed your canine family member should contain only ingredients that are:
I am always delighted to see communities recognize that dog owners and their canine family members are as deserving of a slice of the local park pie as are soccer players and Little League teams.
Whether you are a longtime dog owner, have just acquired your first canine companion, or are still in the planning process to adopt a dog, it's important that you have the basic tools that make life with a canine family member run smoothly.
It's not quite as much fun when you have to leave your canine family member at home because he barks, leaps around, lunges at, maybe even tries to bite other dogs.
From that perspective, "snow aggression" is a real possibility: with recent record snowfalls reaching a total of 50 inches here, the resulting decrease in exercise opportunities as well as higher stress levels of human family members who aren't fond of snow (guilty!) can be stressors for the canine family members.
It's frustrating that so many otherwise thoughtful, well-meaning, and intelligent parents make incredibly unwise decisions when it comes to helping the canine family member cope with the household changes brought on by the arrival of a baby.
I would also assume that the target audience for the newsletter has a very high regard for all animals, not just their dogs; these subscribers are seeking a healthier approach to caring for their canine family members.
The list may seem daunting, but it's intended to prevent you from being overwhelmed by the actual arrival of your new canine family member.
You're contemplating the addition of another canine family member to your pack.

Full browser ?