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Common furry mistakes - Hyena by PunkRockVampire Common furry mistakes - Hyena by PunkRockVampire
I teaches you how2hyena.

Hyenas are actually more closely related to cats than dogs. They are not dogs and do not bark!
Hyena taxonomy: CARNIVORA > Feliformia > Viverroidea > Herpestoidea > Hyaenidae
Dogs and other canines are: CARNIVORA > Caniformia > Canidae

Also, some photo comparison of striped and spotted hyenas (and if you would just like some good references)--
Spotted Hyena 1
Spotted Hyena 2

Striped Hyena 1
Striped Hyena 2
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CharlesTheHyena Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
thank you
YourPath Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
well,a hyena is its own species, its in the middle of feline and canine.
Mudshadowthewarrior Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It doesn't tie in with canines. It's got links to felines, but not canines.
SilverHowler Featured By Owner May 15, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
"Although phylogenetically they are closer to felines and viverrids, hyenas are behaviourally and morphologically similar to canines in several aspects; both hyenas and canines are nonarboreal, cursorial hunters that catch prey with their teeth rather than claws. (In fact, cheetah have been known to climb trees to escape hyenas.) Both eat food quickly and may store it, and their calloused feet with large, blunt, nonretractable nails are adapted for running and making sharp turns. However, the hyenas' grooming, scent marking, defecating habits, mating, and parental behaviour are consistent with the behaviour of other feliforms."

Genetically they're closer to felines. Physically and in behaviour they are closer to canines. 
amethyst-destiny Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is a good little reference. Thanks. :)
Invader-Nix Featured By Owner May 29, 2011
Actually, they could be considered as cats. XD
Skittywolf Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2011
They are their own species but are related to mongooses which are related to cats and somewhat weasels. :P
amymist Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2010  Student General Artist
If they aren't dogs, are they horses then?

Love the tutorial. I need to draw hyenas more.
PunkRockVampire Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist

Thanks. I actually wanna do more of these for some other species that people have trouble drawing...I really need to do skunks in particular.
I like doin ref things like this, since I'm really interested in biology and like to study all the animals I draw.
Werebereus Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I blame disney :XD:
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