The Dingo is used to living in the wild, running with the pack and fending for itself. It has never been fully domesticated, and many dog owners appreciate the Dingo for this very reason. It is a unique, friendly and watchful canine with a great sense of teamwork and obedience. Dingo puppies raised in a domestic environment prove to be loving, outgoing and protective. They can be slightly reserved with strangers, preferring space and time to get to know people.
- 50 - 70 pounds
- 19 - 23 inches
Ideal Human Companions
- Experienced dog handlers
- Active singles
- Outdoorsy types
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Things You Should Know
Dingoes can live as long as 18 years with relatively few genetic health issues. These canines are clean and easy to groom, needing just an occasional brushing to keep their coats looking good.
With a wild, nomadic instinct, the Dingo needs vigorous, daily exercise and elbowroom to maintain a healthy state of mind and body. It is probably not suited for city/apartment life, but instead should have a large, fenced yard and the opportunity to run free in a protected environment. However, keep the Dingo on a leash whenever possible—especially in public parks.
One of the oldest known dog breeds—wild or domesticated—the Dingo arrived in Australia more than 4,000 years ago. Most likely descending from Southeast Asian dogs and wolves, the Dingo is believed to be the basis for hundreds of modern dog breeds. In some parts of its native country, the Dingo is still considered a wild animal.
The Look of a Dingo
Dingoes have medium-sized, muscular frames covered in short, soft coats that usually come in yellow, tan, black or brindle. Their flat heads have long muzzles, watchful brown eyes and erect ears. They have bushy tails that sometimes hang low, sometimes curl up in a hook. Overall, the Dingo has a rustic, rugged and active look.
Talk About Dingos
Patience is a requirement
I adopted a Dingo mix a while back and it took me about 4 - 5 years to get him as calm as he his today. BUT I have to say, he is the best companion that I have ever had. What a wonderful pet! Do have patience, because if they can be really stubborn - you might as well be talking to the wall. But it is well worth the wait!
~L, owner of a Dingo mix
Brilliant, but hard work
My family lived in Borneo for 20 years, and adopted what the locals called a Kampong Dog, (which is classified as Canis Lupus Dingo), as a puppy. In spite of the fact that in Southeast Asia, these animals regularly come into contact with humans (unlike in Australia), they have the same basic temperament -- she responded better to hand gestures than voice cues, was very curious, and would howl and destroy furniture and even wooden doors if it was left alone in the house.
However, she was completely loyal, extremely social, and never committed violence of any form on any human, nor to the two cats we also owned at the same time (in fact, it got on very well with them, and would often come out worse if there ever was a confrontation since it refused to bite the cats and would instead paw at them).
She was very cuddly, and was extremely good with my brother and I as kids, if a little excitable. She would, however, chase down and kill monkeys and other jungle animals on sight. She was high-maintenance, but very sweet-natured. Patience is definitely paramount, but nothing beats the sound of a dingo that's just realised you've come home from school -- I wouldn't have traded her for anything in the world.
~Chris G, owner of a Dingo
Stubborn and a great protector
We adopted our dingo, Copper, three years ago. We were told he was a German shepherd mix, but nope, he's all dingo.
He is a great protector and companion, although he can be stubborn. He is his own dog: playful, and very smart.
Do your research about them -- they need a lot of love. Try to go see one before you buy. I wouldn't want any other dog.
~Jim B, owner of a Dingo