A REWARD was offered last night for what is thought to be Huddersfield’s rarest dog.
Coco is a seven-month-old raccoon dog – a breed which has a startling resemblance to a raccoon.
Now she has gone missing from the Golcar home of her owner Elaine Pearson, who has raised Coco since she was eight weeks old.
It is thought the dog managed to get out of the Pearsons’ garden in Sycamore Avenue on Friday night.
She was spotted on Saturday close to Beech School, Golcar, but is still at large.
Coco is about the size of a fox and is very timid.
Elaine said: “They are a true breed of dog and the only dog that hibernates. She is unlike other dogs in that she does not bark or wag her tail.
“She has long fur and in profile might be mistaken for a badger or fox. In her face she looks exactly like a racoon.
“She is mainly nocturnal and if not caught will probably find somewhere to go and hibernate if the weather becomes severe.
“Over the last few weeks she has grown a really long grey fur coat and almost doubled in weight, ready to hibernate. Come the spring, she will shed the fur and revert to her normal size.
“They are a breed of dog that originates in China and there are only a few breeders in the UK”.
A £100 reward has been offered.
Elaine can be contacted on 01484 650992 or 07828 587973.