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(Cerdocyon thous), South American member of the dog family (Canidae), found in grassy or forested areas. It attains a length of 60-70 cm (24-28 inches), excluding a 30-centimetre tail, and has a gray to brown coat that is frequently tinged with yellow. It generally lives alone or in pairs and spends the day in a burrow, emerging at night to hunt for such foods as small animals, fruit, insects, turtle eggs, and fowl. It is easily tamed and is sometimes kept as a pet by Indians