Eevee shares traits with foxes, more specifically the Fennec fox, dogs and cats. It is possibly based on the folklore of Tanuki, who is said to be able to transform and is the alternative name for the Japanese raccoon dog. It may also be based on Miacoidea, an extinct paraphyletic superfamily that has been traditionally divided into two families of carnivores. It may also be based on the concept of dog breeding and the multitude of variations that arose from it. It may also be based on the fox's ability to adapt to extreme environments, like the desert fox and the arctic fox.