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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