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History The Dingo is a wild animal that was brought to Australia by primitive men approximately 4,000 years ago. This breed is believed to be the ancestor of all dog breeds and the base stock of what is considered the 600 true dog breeds. Dingoes were originally kept by various Australian native groups who used the animal as an emergency source of food. The Dingo returned to the wild, but came back to prey on man's livestock when Europeans introduced the domestic rabbit and sheep to Australia.
Today, there are people who are concerned about the native Dingo and are studying and trying to preserve it. The Australian Native Dog Training Society, which is located in New South Wales, has trained and raised many Dingoes. These dogs can be domesticated if raised with a family from a young age, although they still retain their pariah traits such as wariness and flight. In various regions of Australia, these dogs are considered vermin and people are not allowed to keep them, while other areas are strict about permits regarding keeping these dogs. These dogs can rarely be seen outside Australia.
Appearance Dingoes have intense eyes that are yellow to orange in colour. They have naturally erect ears that are small and rounded. Their tail is well-furred and bushy, and their coat is soft. The length, texture, and density of their coat vary according to the climate. These dogs have muscular and lean hindquarters, unlike most other dog breeds because they do not have dew claws.
Colours These dogs are often yellow-ginger in colour, but there are some that come in colours of black, white, or tan. Albino specimens have also been sighted.
Temperament These dogs aren't fully domesticated and are rarely kept as pets. When chosen to be family companions, owners should make sure that they start training these dogs immediately. When properly trained and taken care of, these dogs make unique pets. These dogs are naturally quiet and they only learn how to bark when they are in the company of other canines. They are also excellent hunters and are good at climbing trees.
Weight Dingoes have a height that ranges from 19 to 23 inches and a weight that falls between 50 and 70 pounds. There are, however, some documents stating that there are Dingoes that have a weight of 120 pounds.
Problems These dogs have no known genetic health problems and are considered to be a very healthy, hardy breed.
Living Conditions Dingoes should not be kept inside apartments. These are wild dogs, but if taken as family companions, they must not be in the back yard, but rather should be treated as part of the family. It's important for these dogs to be in a house that is securely-fenced. They also need a large space in which they can do some physical activities. When being walked outside, they should be kept on a leash. These dogs can live in places with hot climates.
Requirements It's important for Dingoes to get plenty of exercise. They need to be taken out for long walks daily. It would also be good for these dogs to go jogging or running.
Training Requirements Dingoes can respond well to training. Nevertheless, owners must start training these dogs at an early age. These dogs should be trained using gentle and firm methods. Patience is required when dealing with these dogs. In fact, even experienced owners may find it challenging to train these dogs.
Life Expectancy These dogs are known to live longer than most breeds because their life span is approximately more than 20 years.
Grooming The weather-resistant coat of the Dingo needs no grooming and takes care of itself. These dogs do not have a strong doggie odor.
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