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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