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Gender: Female

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Quick to learn and train


Emotionally stable


Family oriented


Child safety


Safe with small pets


Doesn’t bark a lot




Easy to groom


Great watch dog


Great guard dog


The Dingo as a pet

By DingyDoo

Michigan, United States

Posted January 3, 2009

The dingo can be a great pet, but they require vigilant and thorough training and should not be considered by a novice or person who is not capable of managing a strong willed and cunning canine.  Dingoes become very fat, very fast on a diet of commercial kibble, so their nutritional needs must be met with a raw type diet which can be costly.  They are dedicated chewers and should be provided with a constant supply of bones to keep them happy.  They are not inclined to be playful, they have short bursts of extreme energy followed by long periods of rest. They are territorial and should be securely contained to protect other critters that may wander into their area. They are highly intelligent and easily trained once pecking order is established.  They are fastidious and clean in the home. The coat is fine and soft and easily maintained with minimal effort.  They have no body odor and shed very little. Dingoes have a high prey drive and cannot be fully trusted with small animals such as cats, small dogs, birds or rodents. They are stealthy and lightning fast when after prey so must always be leashed when out in public, even at a dog park. Remember, the dingo sees the fluffy poodle as prey, and could quickly and without warning seriously injure or kill a small dog.  They do not have a true bark. They can and will immitate sounds and come very close to sounding like they are talking.  Many dingoes can have a deadly reaction to conventional canine vaccinations, and must have expensive testing before administering them.  It could be difficult to locate a veterinarian willing to provide care for the dingo. They tend to dig and can quickly excavate a huge cave in your yard and eat your landscaping. Secure, 6' fencing burried at least a foot is a must, as they can jump high and dig deep.   My experience with this breed has been very rewarding. It has also tested my dog handling skills to their utmost.  My Dingo is loyal and protective, insisting on always sleeping between me and the door. She does not approve of anyone she does not know touching me. She refuses to eat if I am not home, and waits by the door until I return.  She is a supreme hunter, having caught many racoon, opossum, woodchuck, pheasant, mice snakes and assorted birds.

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Jennifer Contreras

I have QUITE a few... as a OWNER of an American Dingo... ours is VERY playful, LOVES attention, barks at every person walking by the window, eats kibbles out of my 3 yr old daughters hand (of course we have been teaching both child and dog what is appropriate play and what is not, i think they are figuring it out very well), plays with the cat (in an annoying and sometimes over excited manner) running and jumping is definately something they can do, naturally they are a bit standoffish of new people and ours loves to say hi to everyone who comes over... The style of PLAY our dog exibits is like that of a boxer, huskey and other large dogs who like to punch other dogs in the face and chest bump like a bunch of college fratt boys at a football game... (seriously) We live in a one bedroom apartment, and as long as we get out and go do stuff he is relaxed, happy and just loves to sit on us... :)

Reply Posted May 01, 2014 at 05:47 PM


It's fascinating to read this and then read a review of the New Guinea Singing Dog. The experiences, and dogs, seem to be basically the same. I guess this is confirmed by a 2010 DNA analysis which seems to say that these two breeds are perhaps identical - and are the closest to wolves of any modern "domesticated" canine.

Reply Posted May 11, 2010 at 12:49 PM

Jennifer Contreras to earthling

I would have to double check but I think their DNA is very separate from a wolf, they are both ancient breeds, but i don't know that they share DNA at all... also i often see the NGSD lumped in with the CD/AM and the Australian Dingo... it's funny they were one of my favorite animals as a little girl, the we accidentally adopted him from a rescue lol He's GREAT!!

Reply Posted May 01, 2014 at 05:50 PM