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We're not hyenas, we're DOGS! by Kitchiki We're not hyenas, we're DOGS! by Kitchiki
On tumblr, on the hyena tag, about 50% of the pictures are of African wild dogs! which I think is crazy cause they don't even look THAT similar xD Hyenas aren't even canidae!

It's a bit petty but it kinda annoys me seeing as hyenas are my fave animal <3 (Of course I LOVE wild dogs too)

SO YES, ALAS THIS PIC WAS BORN.
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PikachuLover2012 Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Wait...there are people who actually mistake African Wild Dogs for hyenas? They have completely different anatomy and markings. How can anyone mistake the two? They're not even from the same family. It's just like how people mistake Huskies/Alaskan Malamutes for wolves. It really annoys me. -_-; 

P.S. I think you should change "We're not even the same species!" to "We're not in the same family!" because people will think African Wild Dogs are a different species of hyena. Cute pic, btw. Love the expression. :D

  
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CherubFeet Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I've noticed the same thing as well!
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PanserPop Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2013
Isn't it called a lycaon?
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tututoad Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2013
Aww! so cute! La la la la 
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hynec Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
AWD are in many countries called just like "Hyena Dog" , hyänenhund, pes hyenovitý, iena-cane and so .

But they have similar face mask and round ears (even larger), that's why they are mistaken for hyena too.
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EsotericDichotomy Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
o . o -didn't even know this-
Now I do o . o
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Hawkpath151 Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Lol, it annoys me too! I have an african wild dog plush, and the first time my friends saw it they said, "Is that a hyena?" and i just said "Noooo! Its an African wild dog!' lol. Btw great drawing! I love it!
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roamingtigress Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2012
This this this entirely. It annoys me too. :P Great work.
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Shenzi203 Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012
i love the hyenas and the african wild dog :D
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lew-leon-1 Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Cute guy :)
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The-Devious-Wolf Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012  Student Digital Artist
That African Wild Dog is so cute. >w<
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Musicalmutt2 Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012  Student General Artist
oh gosh look at that face! <3
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moonlitinuyasha1985 Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012
Yeah, I don't get why people get them confused.:|
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Canis-ferox Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012  Student General Artist
Aw, so adorable c: But yeah, people seem to have no idea how to identify canids or things that kind of look like them on the internet. Hyenas don't even look like African Wild Dogs, lol. Around here, any canid is somehow automatically a wolf. :XD:
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coyotewinds Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Yes! Especially if it has pointed ears. Every time I see that I think "Argh, can't you see the anatomical differences?!"
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Vedette9 Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Used to work at a zoo and THIS ALL THE TIME
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Tamarau Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Student Filmographer
I know nothing about both hyenas and african wild dogs but its pretty easy to tell them apart
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Tamarau Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Student Filmographer
Oh wait arn't they called African Painted dogs
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coyotewinds Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
They're called African wild dogs, African hunting dogs, Cape hunting dogs, and African painted dogs. And probably a few more names I'm not aware of.
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Tamarau Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012  Student Filmographer
Ohhhhh! That clears up a lot thanks ^^
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Peachypup Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Student Digital Artist
STORY OF MY LIFE. you have no clue how many times I'd been talking about AWD and people call it a hyena.
THIS IS SO FREAKING CUTE<3
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HappyDucklings Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Just the other day I had a hard time trying to explain my grandmother that hyenas aren't the same as AWDs... she didnt believe me
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aiedail-guardian Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Their ears are funny and they are so cute. ^^
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IstvanIV Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012
not even in the same family!
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IwaKakusu Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
African Wild Dog: [link]
Hyena: [link]

I can see how people could make the mistake.
Anywho, very cute picture.
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DeeOtter Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
So adorable!
My visit to any painted dog exhibit is almost limited because of the visitors going 'Look at they hyenas/dingos/jackals/wolves/foxes/something else that causes my brain to explode'! It makes me really sad when a school group comes by, with the little kids, and the chaperones miss ID the critter they're looking at.
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animeanddragons Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012  Student General Artist
Aren't hyenas related to badgers n' stuff? Or was it bears....hm...
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coyotewinds Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
They're closely related to civets and mongooses.

(I always want to type out mongooses as mongeese, but of course that'd be incorrect!)
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ZombiiCandy Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Sort of. More closely to cats and mongoose even meerkats
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DeeOtter Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Nope. It's cats.
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theJazza Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012
Seriously? Who would associate the African wild dog with hyenas, the only mild similarity is that hyena's do have a bit of a canine snout, but other than that they differ in every respect
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RockyGems Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012  Student General Artist
I think I used to think they were an actual breed of domestic dog. It didn't help that the first time I heard of them they were called African Hunting Dogs :XD:
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xxwilddog98xx Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Hyenas and APDs look nothing alike. They're far from related, too. Awesome picture.
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CahjesaalLesou-n Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012   Writer
I don't mind if someone makes a mistake, I really don't because those can happen. But you should atleast know what you're drawing/writing about -.-
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Rhymeable Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012  Student General Artist
I recently drew some pictures of some African Wild Dog's for an art project.

List of things they got called: Foxes, Wolves, Dingoes.

And about 5 people asked me if it was my dog.

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Ashenee Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
hahahah that's funny. I've never seen people ask if it's their dog. XD They're like the calicos of the dog world. :3

also love your icon. XD and your signature!
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Frozen-Inferno Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012
I hate it when that happens! Hyenas and African Wild Dogs look very different anyway! Well, to me at least.
Adorable picture. xD
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ChibiZilla Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012  Student Digital Artist
People can be quite dull at such things. And worse, they get offended when you try to correct them and try to make a fight of it >.<
I have seen people look at Poffins and go "LOOK PENGUINS!" :iconfacepalmplz:
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KitsuneTails Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wild dogs are so freakin cute, but you should do Maned Wolves! They're also misnamed dogs!
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kantayeni Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012
It was annoying me as well. People are just stupid, because they don't even look at least at wikipedia. -.-
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kaiter Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012  Professional General Artist
Just like me, how I get annoyed at people mixing up ravens and crows. :P
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ChibiZilla Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012  Student Digital Artist
I have even heard people confuse the two with magpies >.>
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kaiter Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012  Professional General Artist
WHAT? ._.
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LeoNoy Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012   Digital Artist
I definitely know how you feel @____@
The worst i've seen so far was someone who claimed foxes are felines *facepalm* I:
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Shippuden23 Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012
:iconextremefacepalmplz:

Seriously, how could he/she even think that? They don't even look alike at all.
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coyotewinds Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I dunno, they do kind of act like both cats and dogs. But still. They very clearly are not felines!
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LeoNoy Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012   Digital Artist
I know >__>
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SargassosArt Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012
My friend and I experience the distress and annoyance of listening to this comment EVERY TIME we go to our zoo. We've long since given up trying to correct people, it just doesn't stick with people....If its not the wild dogs being hyenas, its the cheetahs being leopards, or (and I kid you not) the ten minute conversation we heard of a woman asking our zookeeper about baby polar bears in the pen next to the adults....

She was referring to the clearly labeled arctic foxes :|

On a side note, your little dog is adorable here ^^
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coyotewinds Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh geez. That would make my brain hurt so much!

I don't think I'd have the heart to give up trying to correct people about that. I think I'm too allergic to stupid.
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SargassosArt Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012
It is a regular mind-fuck, if you'll pardon the expression. There was a time once, we sat at the museum and listened to two young women around our age argue about whether a flying fox was a bat, or a fox. They finally (after a ridiculously long conversation) came to the conclusion that it must be a fox-bat hybrid, and the museum should really label it as such so people could know immediately.

Between my horrified expressions and my buddy's laughing, we weren't even in a proper state of mind to correct them...
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