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Original Name: Warrigal
A dog that went back to being wild shortly after being domesticated. The Dingo is very fast and extremely tough, they'll follow their prey until they drop from exhaustion.


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A descendant of the wolf then the Asian Gray Wolf - whether it''s the Australian Dingo or the Warrigal (Canis Lupus Dingo), or the New Guinean Dingo (Canis lupus hallstromy) - this dog has gone back to its wild roots soon after it was domesticated. You can also find them in South Asia or in Northern Australia where it''s the biggest land predator. Its origins in Australia are still mostly unknown: they were probably introduced by Asian sailors in the prehistoric period, 4000 to 8000 years ago (the latest findings point to 15000 years ago). Its name comes from the Eora aboriginals, the first people in the South of Australia.

The Dingo is very close to the domestic dog with its skeleton, teeth and habits.
They are medium-sized at 28 inches high with a weight of 44 pounds but the male can be up to 3 feet 7 inches long (adding14 inches for the tail!) The females are smaller.
Its appearance is identical to that of a dog: a long and pointy muzzle, erect ears, powerful body, short, muscular legs and a long and hairy tail.
Its coat is short and thick and generally red, sometimes black or white. Like the wolf, the tips of its paws and tail are white, its chest has a white mark and there is often a white stripe on its muzzle.
The Dingo doesn''t bark but it growls, howls and sneezes. The sounds of its ancestor, the Hallstrom Dog, gave it the nickname "singing dog" in New Guinea.
They live around 10 years in the wild and up to 15 years in captivity.

Contrary to the dog, the Dingo only reproduces once a year: up to 10 little Dingo pups are born at the end of winter, after a gestation period of precisely 63 days. For the Aboriginals, the bigger the litters are, the more likely there will be a big drought! (the more pups = the more survivors).

The Dingo lives alone or in a group in the dessert, mountain, forest, in rabbit territory or caves and always near to a source of water.

They don''t run very fast (18-22 miles/hr) but they have an exceptional stamina, following the prey until it is completely exhausted.

The Dingo feeds on mammals (rats, rabbits, possums), birds, reptiles and sometimes rotting corpses or household rubbish. For the bigger prey like kangaroos or wallabies, they hunt in packs like wolves. Unfortunately, sheep are also one of their favorite meals... And so, farmers find them to be real pests and they hunt, trap and poison them on a huge scale for the last 200 years. In the South East of Australia, the biggest enclosure in the world (the Dog Fence - 1.4 miles long and 5.9 feet high) efficiently separates this predator from herds.

A very fearful animal, its only real predator is man and sometimes the crocodile or even rarely the jackal or domestic dog. And let''s not forget the big birds of prey who enjoy eating the pups.

Australian farmers would really like to totally exterminate them, forgetting this breed''s "keystone" role: thanks to the Dingo, rabbits were prevented from exorbitantly spreading!
Considered a nuisance in Australia, it''s strongly forbidden to raise them as pets. Except for the Queensland Aboriginals, and only them, who can raise them in semi-liberty for hunting (taken in very early on, the Dingo can be a sweet and affectionate dog).

Because of unrestrained crossbreeding with domestic dogs, in Australia as well as in Asia, the breed is no longer pure: 90% of Dingos are hybrids! For this reason, the "pure" Dingo has practically disappeared in New Guinea. In Australia, the original breed is protected in National Parks.

A future in captivity seems like its only chance of survival...