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Conservation status
Least Concern
Scientific classification
Domain Eukarya
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Mammalia
Order Carnivora
Family Canidae
Genus Nyctereutes
Species N. procyonoides
Species count by game
3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3
Species count by type
Villagers Islanders Special Total
0 0 3 3

Tanuki, otherwise known as "raccoon dogs", are a species of character in Animal Crossing. Tanuki are frequently confused with raccoons in Western culture (and referred to as raccoons in-game), but they are actually of the same biological family as dogs and wolves.

There are three tanuki in the games so far, and all of them have been special characters.

Special characters[edit]

Timmy and Tommy
Timmy and Tommy

Gender: Male
Role: Clerks at Nookington's (City Folk and Prior)
Owners of the Nookling Stores (New Leaf)
Birthday: June 7th
Debut: Doubutsu no Mori

Tom Nook
Tom Nook

Gender: Male
Role: Worker at the town shop (City Folk and Prior)
Worker at Nook's Homes (New Leaf)
Birthday: May 30th
Debut: Doubutsu no Mori

Other information[edit]

Real life tanuki

In Japanese folklore, tanuki are often depicted as mythical creatures with shapeshifting powers. Using leaves, they can assume different forms, generally doing so to pull pranks on humans; this is likely why pocketed furniture items are stylized as leaves in the Animal Crossing series. Tanuki cloth is also associated with wealth and money in Japanese culture, which might be the inspiration behind Tom's financial success.