Physical Features

Coyotes have the general appearance of a small, scrawny German shepherd, but several distinct features distinguish them from dogs.

coyote features


• tend to be more slender than dogs

• have wide, pointed ears

• have a long, tapered muzzle

• have yellow eyes

• have slender legs

• have small feet

• have an uncurled, bushy tail which is carried low to the ground

• generally have coats that are a grizzled-grey or reddish gray color with a cream or white underside, although some individuals may have blonde or dark grey coats

• generally have a black-tipped tail with a black spot near the base of the spine

• typically weigh between 24 to 37 pounds

• typically measure 4 feet long from the nose to the tip of the tail and stand 15 to 20 inches at the shoulder