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Is the Dingo right for you?

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The basics:
The Dingo, the famous wild dog of Australia, is in the process of being recognized as a full species, Canis dingo, rather than a subspecies of the domestic dog, Canis lupus familiaris or Canis lupus dingo. Once considered a feral dog or perhaps a descendant of South Asian wolves, new DNA studies suggest that the Dingo is a true species that arose because of 5,000 years of isolation from other canids. Unfortunately, modern Dingos are often hybrids, and the survival of the species is threatened by widespread interbreeding with feral domestic dogs.

A 2015 study found that 99% of "Dingoes" in southeastern Australia were hybrids or even domestic dogs that simply looked like Dingoes, which implies a limited future for the species in that part of the nation. As a result, this animal can only be recommended to responsible owners, breeders, and experts willing and able to network with others to ensure the survival of the species. If you do own a DNA-proven pure Dingo, you should not permit it to be bred with domestic dogs.

Appearance / health:
Similar in appearance to the wolf, the Dingo is a muscular, medium-sized dog with a short coat, erect ears, an angular head, and strong claws. The medium-sized tail is well furred. The eyes vary from yellow to orange.

The breed requires very little grooming. Owners may bathe their dingoes when required. They do not have the body odor typical of most dogs.

They require some exercise daily. Walks (on leash) and jogs are good for this breed.

No health issues specific to dingoes have been seen.

Behavior / temperament:
Dingoes exhibit typical primitive dog behaviors such as digging small holes and hunting in packs. Even solitary animals are capable of forming a pack with other dogs. Dingoes may be closer to wolves by the fact that they breed only once a year unlike dogs that breed twice. They love to hunt. These dogs are territorial and get used to their surroundings easily. Not fully domesticated, Dingoes living with humans tend to treat their owners as the "alpha" of the pack and are rarely aggressive with them. With Dingoes, bonding with mates is for life. Extremely cautious and aloof with strangers, they are affectionate with their owners.

Dingoes are extremely intelligent and are bred for survival. They have the tendency to escape. Captive dogs have been found to use their unique wrist-turning ability to open gates. Playing dead when threatened is another survival mechanism perfected by these dogs. Dingoes do not bark, but they howl to announce their presence to other dogs or alert the pack to danger. They may purr to express their feelings. They can turn their heads almost 360 degrees to look at birds or other animals. Tree climbing comes naturally to them.

They are slow learners. Training is difficult and time-consuming. However, several owners have trained their dogs to be obedient. Training begins early in life, as dingo puppies are more responsive to learning new things than older dogs. Once trained, they form lifelong attachments with their masters. Socialization with different people and situations will reduce shyness in dingoes.

They are not noisy at all. They hardly bark and are generally calm.

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