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Dingo

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Quick Facts

  • Weight: 50 – 70 pounds
  • Height: 19 – 23 inches

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.

Traits

  • Resourceful
  • Curious
  • Reserved
  • Independent
  • Unique

Ideal Human Companion

  • Experienced dog handlers
  • Ranchers
  • Active singles
  • Outdoorsy types

What They Are Like to Live With

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.

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.

Dingo History

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.

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