Male Height (typical): 48-59 cm. (19-23 inches)
Female Height (typical): 48-59 cm. (19-23 inches)
Male Weight (typical): 23-32 kg. (50-70 pounds)
Female Weight (typical): 23-32 kg. (50-70 pounds)
Country of Origin: Australia
Exercise Required: Daily long walks, Independent runs in the back yard.
Expected Life Span: 15 – 20 Years
Best suited as: Companion, Hunting Partner
Other names: Australian Native Dog, Warrigal, Boolomo, Mirigung, Maliki
Description – The Dingo is primarily a wild dog found all over Australia. They are natural hunters that usually travel in packs that range in size from 3 to 12 animals. They feature a coat that is typically yellow-ginger but can also include black white and other shades of brown. The dog itself is roughly 50 cm. in height with a fairly broad head. It has very unique eyes that range in color from orange to yellow that give the animal an imposing look in the wild. Its naturally full coat of fur varies in length throughout the seasons to help protect the Dingo from the elements.
Origin & History – The Dingoes are a wild dog that is thought to have migrated to Australia before it separated from the mainland after the last Ice Age. They have been used as extremely good hunting dogs by the native Aboriginal hunters for centuries and can be taught to pursue small game. Other theories trace their lineage to that of wolves since they share many of the same physical characteristics and behaviors. This dog has never been fully domesticated but can make an excellent pet if introduced to the family at a young enough age. Wild Dingoes should never be brought into the home as they have an aggressive temperament that is better suited for outdoor environments.
Temperament – The challenge with the Dingo is that it is truly a wild dog and because of this it can present problems as a pet. These animals can be domesticated if introduced to the family as puppies and will make outstanding and loyal pets if properly trained. To do this, they must be taken at about 6 weeks to start their introduction to domestic life. Any later than this will allow them to develop habits that will be hard to break as an adult and may present a danger to the family. Wild and mature Dingoes are never to be treated as pets since they have matured their hunter instincts and will not fit into a domestic environment. They are very active dogs and are one of the few breeds that can climb trees. At times they adopt a very aloof temperament but can also be taught to follow commands when inspired.
Exercise & Grooming – The Dingo needs to have plenty of exercise. This can be accomplished with a long walk or two a day. They can also be allowed to roam free in a back yard with the right fencing and protection. Since they can scale trees, great care must be taken to eliminate any potential holes or other escape routes for the dog. When on a walk, the Dingo needs to be securely leashed to prevent it chasing after game or a particularly interesting scent. Because of its need for adequate exercise, the Dingo is not well suited for smaller homes and apartments. It requires the room to roam that a larger home or farm provides.
Health Concerns – This type of dog is a naturally clean animal that has very few health concerns. The Dingo has a very durable natural coat that keeps it warm in the winters and cool in the summers, helping it to avoid many common illnesses. This dog is also one of the few breeds that chooses a mate for life and will suffer a severe depression when their mate passes that may actually lead to other health problems.
Dingo Organisations in Australia
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Dingo Organisations in the UK
Australian Dingo Conservation Association
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