Dingoes – An Impressive Species

Filed under: Pet Dingoes - 05 Jun 2013  | Spread the word !

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Dingoes are extremely cute, so there is no wonder after all that so many people are eager to take them into their homes. Dingoes can make perfect pets, being really intelligent, too.

The species is original to Australia. Dingoes are actually an endangered species in this country. Some statistics show that there are only 200 pure Alpine dingoes left into the wild, at least in this region. Most individuals from the species can be found in the state of Victoria, naturally on the Australian continent.

Dingoes surely are extremely cute, as you can see in the video below:

It seems that dingoes just love to play. They can make perfect pets, but you should be careful. There are some regions in the world in which you will be required to possess a permit in order to keep a dingo into your home. If you want to own a dingo, you need to make sure that your choice will be perfectly legal.

Well, if adopting a puppy is something you are considering, you should know that the right time to take your dog in is between five and sixteen weeks. Getting your puppy as soon as possible is highly important, as dingoes are well known to bond best with a new family early in life.

If becoming a dingo owner is something that looks appealing to you, there is absolutely no reason why you should not make such a choice. A dingo can be a really unique and very cute pet for you and your family.

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Frequently Asked Questions On Dingoes

Filed under: Facts on Dingoes - 15 May 2013  | Spread the word !

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Dingoes are considered to be legendary Australian wild dogs. However, individuals from this species can be found in Southeast Asia, too. Nowadays, there are so many dingoes in Australia that they are actually treated as pets, being homed by many families. If you consider dingoes to be a fascinating species, or you are actually willing to get such a pet yourself, you should know everything about them. Below you will find a list of some frequently asked questions on dingoes and all the right answers.

1. How old is this species?

It is commonly believed that dingoes have first reached Australia about 4000 years ago. A domestic dog for Australian Aborigines, the dingo is thought to be a descendant from the Asian wolf. Nowadays, these dogs can be found all over the country.


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2. What characterizes a dingo?

Dingoes are without a doubt unique. This is a placental mammal, giving birth to live puppies. It is commonly believed that the dingo’s color is determined by the location in which it lives. The most common color of this animal is ginger with white feet. Still, golden yellow dingoes can be found in desert areas, while in forested areas these dogs can have a darker fur. One of the most interesting facts about dingoes is that they like to howl more than they bark. A dingo also has larger canine teeth, compared to all other dogs.


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3. Where can dingoes be found?

Dingoes can be found all over Australia. They can be seen in many parts of the continent, except for Tasmania. Few individuals from the species can be seen in New South Wales, Victoria, as well as in areas of South and Western Australia. Dingoes have the ability to live in many habitats, even though the species seems to prefer grassland areas, as well as forests.


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4. What is the diet of a dingo?

Dingoes are carnivores. This means that the commonly feed with other animals. It is well known that the diet of a dingo includes rabbits, kangaroos, as well as wallabies and wombats. Dingoes can also eat reptiles and find food from whatever sources, including from insects and bugs. These dogs hunt mainly at night. They can hunt alone or in groups.


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5. How they mate?

If you are willing to get a dingo pet you probably wonder how you will be able to find one. Well, you should know that female dingoes become sexually mature at the age of 2. Dingoes breed once a year, commonly between March and June. The gestation period of this species is 9 weeks. Both parents will care for the cub, while weaning usually takes place when the cub is approximately 2 months. A dingo can live up to 10 years in the wild.


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Dingoes can be trained and domesticated to become pets, even though this requires a lot of time and dedication. In some areas of the world you will be required to have a permit in order to keep a dingo as a pet. However, if this is something you desire, there is no reason why you should not welcome a dingo pet into your home. Still, keep in mind that dingoes are intelligent, yet independent animals. This is why training them can turn out being a challenge.

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Dingoes Are Unbelievably Intelligent

Filed under: Facts on Dingoes - 21 Mar 2013  | Spread the word !

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Researchers in Melbourne have recently performed some experiments that showed the unbelievable intelligence that dingoes posses. In the experiments, one dingo was filmed moving a table to use as a step-ladder to reach food. Another dingo opened a gate latch with his nose to reach a female partner.

The Australian native dogs, dingos are regarded as the smartest animals in Australia, being even more intelligent than domestic dogs.

The accomplishments of the two dogs, which were untrained, were recorded at the Dingo Discovery Sanctuary and Research Center near Melbourne, Australia. In one of the videos, the dingo was filmed moving a kennel to use as a look-out. In another video, several dingoes were kept in a small enclosure with an envelope containing food that was strategically placed out of their reach. When the dingoes were left alone, they made several attempts to reach the food until one dog, named Sterling, dragged a table to use as a step-ladder.

In a paper published in the journal Behavioral Processes, a team of three researchers said that the dingos’ feats were evidence of “intelligent” and “high-order” animal behavior.

The paper was written by Robert Appleby, Carla Litchfield, and Bradley Smith and said that “if indeed these examples can be considered cases of tool-use, they may represent the first documented evidence of such behavior in a canid, particularly as this behavior occurred spontaneously”.

After several unsuccessful attempts at jumping for the envelope, Sterling ‘solved’ the task by first moving and then jumping up onto a trestle table. Importantly, Sterling was never purposely trained or encouraged to exhibit this (or similar) behavior”, says the paper.

In the gate-opening exercise, a dingo named Teddy pushed up a latch with his nose after being separated from this partner, Ayjay. “Sanctuary staff maintain that Teddy only opens the gate when Ayjay is removed from the same enclosure as Teddy”.


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Behavioral ecologist Daryl Jones from the Griffith University said that these accomplishments were a “remarkable” example of tool use and involved “manipulating a completely external object to the animal to do something that requires foresight”.

Dingoes are unbelievably intelligent, capable animals”, said Jones to The Australian newspaper.

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Tips On How To Buy A Pet Dingo

Filed under: Pet Dingoes - 15 Nov 2012  | Spread the word !

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If you like to have a dingo as a pet, you should know a few things about it. Think very well if you are ready to be the owner of a dingo dog. You have to analyze things very well and make the final decision. The following instructions are very important:

1. Think very well if a dingo is the right pet for you. Analyze your habits, lifestyle, budget and living arrangement. Inform about dingo personality, needs and this will help you make the right decision.


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2. Check the state, local or federal laws and regulations to be sure that it’s allowed to have a dingo as a pet.

3. Search on the Internet for reputable and reliable breeders or dingo farms. Ask for details and references and visit those locations you find to see the dingoes available.

4. Discuss with other dingo owners and ask them about other places or breeders to buy a dingo dog. There are many forums and groups on this topic, so join them to find out more.


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5. Before buying your pet, try to spend more time to observe if there are any issues related to health or personality.


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Keep in mind that it’s very important to bond with dingo babies to see if they are domesticated and affectionate. This will also help you see the relationship between you. Older dingoes are difficult to socialize, so you should look only for puppies.

Additionally, make sure that you follow the regulations and laws available fro your area concerning these beautiful animals.

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Interesting Facts and Figures on Dingoes

Filed under: Useful Information - 10 Oct 2012  | Spread the word !

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The dingo is Australia’s free-roaming wild dog. These dogs live in sandy deserts and all kinds of forests, inhabiting mainly the outback of the continent. It is thought that dingoes have descended from wild Asian dogs with the arrival of one of the waves of human settlement thousands of years ago, when dogs were still relatively undomesticated and closer to their wild Asian grey wolf parent species. Here are some quick facts and figures on dingoes, an interesting species that has unfortunately become endangered.

Dingoes are covered with yellowish brown hair. They are about 50 cm tall and 120 long. Most of them have coats of short yellow-brown hair but there are also cream-colored dingoes, as well as black and tan. These dogs have bushy tails and pointed ears. Their color is determined by where they live. Typically, golden yellow dingoes are found in sandy areas, while darker black and tan dingoes live in forests.


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Dingoes are able to adapt to many different habitats. This can be seen in their coat. Dingo dogs living in hot, tropical areas have a short single coat, while those living in cool and cold mountain area have a longer, thicker coat with a double layer of fur that keeps them warm.

Dingoes eat just about anything. They are apex predators and are considered to be the largest terrestrial predators on the continent. They commonly feed on rabbits, kangaroos and rats, but can also eat reptiles and insects. They also eat dead animals they find when savaging lands and some kind of plants. Dingoes are known to frequently attack livestock and are seen as pests by the sheep industry.


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Dingoes usually live in small family groups, also known as packs. Each dingo pack has its own territory and leader — the alpha male. They can either hunt alone or with other dingoes. They usually hunt in packs when they want to catch large prey. These dugs can hunt in the day time, at dawn and at night, being both diurnal and nocturnal species.


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Dingoes do not bark (or rarely bark), which is one of the most interesting features of this dog species. Instead of barking, dingoes howl as a way of announcing where their territory is. They also make many different sounds which enables them to communicate with the group, keep the family group together, or call their puppies.

Dingoes breed once a year, typically between May and July. The pups are born 63 days layer, usually in a den. They produce litters of about 4 to 6 puppies. Until the pups are about 3 weeks old, their parents catch the food and bring it to them. Then, the pups leave the den and are taught to hunt on their own by their parents. Another interesting fact about these dogs is that dingoes mate for life, meaning that a dingo pair stays together for life.


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Dingoes can be tamed and kept as pets. However, having a dingo as a pet is illegal in many regions of Australia, including South Australia, Tasmania, and Queensland. In the Northern Territory and Victoria, dingo owners are required to have a special permit in order to keep them as pets. New South Wales and Western Australia are the only regions where dingoes can be kept as pets without a license.

There certainly are many interesting facts about dingoes. Even though these dogs can be trained and domesticated, it is not recommended to have them as pets. This is not because they are dangerous or because the taming process requires much effort, time and dedication, but because the species has become endangered. It is important to remember that dingoes can bite and can harm you when provoked, so do not play around with them. After all, they are wild animals.

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How to Train A Dingo

Filed under: Uncategorized - 25 Sep 2012  | Spread the word !

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Having a dingo as a pet can be very rewarding and challenging at the same time. In fact, it takes higher-than-average skill and patience to obedience train a pet dingo than it does most breeds of domesticated dogs. Here are some tips on how to train a pet dingo.


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Guidelines

  • Recognize that only young dingoes respond well to obedience training. In fact, you stand a much better chance of success if you have a pup of around 10 weeks.
  • It is not impossible to obedience train an older dingo. Nevertheless, this requires special handling and skilled treatment of the animals. Remember that dingoes lack a history of being domesticated and can easily revert to former behaviour dictated by genetics.


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  • You must understand that your pet dingo will mature to become an independent thinker. That doesn’t mean he will refuse to obey your commands. The genetics markings make him prone to stubbornness and a problem solving ability to get what he wants.
  • Make sure that you obedience train your pet dingo with a leash, unless you yard is completely surround by high fencing. Even a tame dingo that has been part of the family for years will escape to the wild if given the chance.
  • Be firm and consistent when you obedience train your pet dingo, but be gentle. While dingoes rarely become aggressive, harsh reprimand, yelling or jerking of the leash will only result in making the dog fearful of you.


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  • Reward positive behaviour with verbal praise and a treat. Actually, you should keep some kibble in your pocket during each obedience training session for this purpose.


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Don’t give up! If your attempt to obedience train your pet dingo overwhelming, then get professional help. Find a local obedience trainer in your area willing to work with you and your pet dingo, possibly in a group of domesticated dogs to improve socialising skills at the same time.

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Dingoes Are Endangered

Filed under: Useful Information - 30 Aug 2012  | Spread the word !

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Dingoes are free-roaming wild dogs native to the continent of Australia. They have a unique wolfish look that leads to many people thinking they are actually wolves. This is not true. They are just wild dogs. In the recent years, once urbanization has started to take over, dingoes have started to breed with regular dogs, which has caused the pure dingo population to drop significantly.


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Moreover, many “hybrid” dingoes are adopted by people as pets, even though they belong in the wild and have different characteristics than domestic dogs. They are apex predators playing an important role in Australia’s ecosystems, being actually the largest terrestrial predators on the continent. 

This means that they attack livestock, as do feral domesticated dogs, so they are seen by pests by the sheep industry. On the other hand, the cattle industry may benefit from the dingoes hunting rabbits, wallabies, rats and kangaroos. However, this has not stopped farmers from poisoning and killing dingoes. This is one of the reasons why the species has been placed on the “endangered species” list.

Besides being considered pests and therefore killed by angry farmers, dingoes interbreeding with domestic dogs is another reason behind their endangered status. For instance, experts estimate that in Victoria, only about 100 pure dingoes still live today. The loss of habitat is also a major threat. Even though there are many conservation areas for dingoes such as national parks and natural reserves, these dogs are declared pests outside these protected areas. Landowners are committed to control the local populations. 


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New South Wales, the Northern Territory, Victoria, the Australian Capital Territory, and several other Aboriginal lands and UNESCO World Heritage Sites are the only places where dingoes are protected. There are many groups involved in conservation programs such as the Australian Native Dog Conservation Society, and the Australian Dingo Conservation Association. Their efforts focus on preventing pure dingoes from interbreeding with other domestic dogs, which is very difficult and costly.

Placing dingoes on the “threatened species list” is therefore necessary, especially since scientists warn that the species is close to extinct. Scientists also say that preserving dingoes will help farmers.

So, there are two main causes why dingoes are endangered:

  1. interbreeding with other dogs
  2. being “hunted” by unhappy farmers

Here is a great video that will provide you with more information on this subject.

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Dingo Dogs Are Smarter Than Regular Dogs

Filed under: Pet Dingoes - 18 Jul 2012  | Spread the word !

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The dingo is a free and wild dog mainly found in the outback of Australia. It is believed that its  ancestors arrived thousands of years ago in the area. The dingo is very similar to the regular dog, but doesn’t live among people, so it can easily be distinguished among other canines. It can survive in numerous types of habitats and needs to have water close to its habitat. In Australia, this type of dog is very important, as it has a great role in the ecosystem, many times acting as a predator and keeping under control the population of rabbits and rats that may affect cattle ranches.

See dingoes in the wild in the video bellow, filmed by two amateurs:

 

 

In the last years, studies were made to see if the dingo is more similar to the regular dog or to the wolf. In South Australia, one experiment managed to shed some light on the matter. A “detour task” test was used by researchers to see the reaction of the dingo. In the past, the same test was used to find out more information about the wolf. This method was used by them to to see how these species of dogs can solve spacial problems.


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A detour task is one in which dogs are placed behind a fence and they can see a person or a treat after it. They need to figure out quickly how to reach that person or how to grab that treat. Tests showed that wolves are very quick when they need to figure out the spacial problem in order to reach a treat, while regular dogs need help from people and even after several trials they still fail to impress. In similar situations, dingoes manage to grab the treat quickly without needing human help to solve their problem.

The research including dingoes was made in Victoria, Australia and the results were published in a national journal studying the behavior of animals. If you want to understand better how a detour task is made in reality, you can watch a video with a few regular dogs being tested. You will see in the video that the people present in the same room with the dogs communicate with them all the time in order to help them carry the task to the end. In case of dingoes, human help is not necessary, as these wild dogs are able to find solutions on their own, like they do in the wild, where they live freely.

 

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How Dingo Dogs Communicate

Filed under: Useful Information - 25 Jun 2012  | Spread the word !

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Dingoes or dingo dogs are a species of dogs that can only be found in Australia, mainly in the outback. Apparently, their ancestors arrived on the continent hundreds of years ago, when the dogs where not quite domesticated. They resemble a lot the Asian grey wolf, officially known as Canis lupus, which is considered to be the parent species of these dogs. Today, they are also know as Canis lupus dingo to be clearly separated from the ordinary dogs which have the Latin name of Canis lupus familiaris. In order to study the manner in which these dogs communicates, researchers discovered that they use phonetic communication. They bark less than regular dogs and they use 19 sound types. Some even say that the barking of dingo does is not an actual bark, because the sound they make is very short and monosyllabic. Only 5% of the sounds dingo dogs make can be classified as barking. Their barks are similar to coughing and it is mainly use to put the members of the pack and the puppies in alert. According to studies, even if dingo dogs stay with regular dogs, they still do not bark more often.

However, dingo dogs howl. They have three distinct forms of howling and these are moans, bark-howls and snuffs. Each of them has about ten variations. It is not known which is the exact meaning of all the types of howls. It is clear that the frequency with which the dogs howl is given by the social stability, by the behavior of each dog, by the food shortage, by the time of the day and so on. It is also a fact that groups of dingo dogs use howling to express different feelings towards one of the members.

Dingoes have other types of communication, too, but 65% of it are vocalizations. Another thing dingo dogs do is something that German people call “schrappen”. When the dogs are disturbed, they show their teeth and they clash it, as they are ready to bite. These dogs also use scent marking and communicate by marking certain places with their urine or with their feces. In the mating season, they use their scent glands a lot. An important thing makes them similar to regular dogs: they are very responsive to human gestures and they react to social cues they see in people.

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Do Not Forget that Dingoes are Wild Dogs

Filed under: Pet Dingoes - 06 Jun 2012  | Spread the word !

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The history of dingoes goes back 15,000 years ago, when this dog breed was brought to Australia by the Koori people. The dingo is now considered to be Australia’s wild dog, as it lives in most Australian regions. In the recent years, many people have considered the idea of getting a dingo as a pet. While they are very social and can be very loving, let’s not forget that they are wild dogs and can never know what to expect from them. One of the reasons why so many people want to keep a dingo as a pet is its numerous interesting features. For instance, a dingo does not bark. It does not mean that it cannot bark, though. Instead of barking, these dogs choose to howl.

Imagine a dog howling every night and keeping you awake. How would you like that? In warm habitats, the dingo is nocturnal, which means that it is mostly active during the night, at dawn and at dusk. The dingo is only active during the day in colder climates or seasons. This means that you will not even get to enjoy your pet, since it will sleep when you are home and be active when you want to sleep. The dingo is a wild dog, which means that it is used to a certain habitat. It will not be very happy with being kept in a cage or a yard. It is true that a dingo can be trained and domesticated. Even so, the effort, time and dedication they require are quite high. You should consider keeping other breeds of dogs as pets, some that require less time and attention.

A dingo may be very intelligent, but it is also very independent, therefore is harder to train than other dogs. After all, they were born to live in the wild, and not in people’s homes. If you are not convinced by these arguments, know that having dingoes as pets in completely illegal in South Australia, Queensland, and Tasmania. Other Australian regions such as the Northern Territory and Victoria require dingo owners to have a special permit in order to keep them as pets. The only Australian regions where no license is needed to keep them as pets are New South Wales and Western Australia. You should always remember that a dingo can be quite dangerous when provoked and can even bite you. Not to mention that they have larger canine teeth than domestic dogs! So, if you ask me, I think that keeping dingoes as pets is a bad idea.

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