By Bambi Turner on March 19, 2018
Can you tell whether that canine hanging out in your backyard is safe to pet? Sure it might be a neighbor's dog -- but it could also be a coyote, wolf or some other critter that you definitely don't want to tangle with. Take our quiz to see if you can tell one member of this animal family from another!
The Canidae family includes more than 30 different species, known as canids. They include domestic dogs, like retrievers and poodles, as well as slightly more feral critters, including wolves, coyotes, jackals, foxes and even wild dogs, like dingos. They're found on every continent except for Antarctica and live everywhere from the mountains or desert, to icy tundra to your very own living room.
Canids all share the same basic features -- so if you see one in the wild, you'd probably know it was related to the dog -- but there's also a surprising level of variation between species. Some have wiry hair and raccoon-like faces, while others have layered coats that allow them to survive in some of the coldest spots on Earth. They range in length from less than a foot to nearly 7 feet and can weigh less than a typical housecat or more than an average-sized man.
Think you can name the various members of the canine family from just a single photo? Take our quiz to find out!