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.