The Japanese raccoon dog, Tanuki in Japanese, is a subspecies of the Asian raccoon dog. The animal has been significant in Japanese folklore since ancient times. It is reputed to be mischievous and jolly, a master of disguise and shapeshifting, but somewhat gullible and absentminded. It is also a common theme in Japanese art, especially statuary. The Japanese raccoon dog has a relatively smaller stomach and shorter fur of lesser insulation value than mainland raccoon dogs.