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History The Kangaroo Dog is an Australian sighthound that was developed to hunt game using its excellent eyesight. This breed was developed during the 1800s by interbreeding the English Greyhound and Scottish Deerhound with other breeds such as the English Bullterrier, Deutsche Dogge, Irish Wolfhound, Australian Cattledog, Russian Borzoi, Bullmastiff, English Foxhound, and other working Staghounds and Lurchers. Kangaroo Dogs were bred to hunt hares, deer, foxes, dingoes, boars, and kangaroos.
Although these dogs are now quite rare, they are still being used in various rural communities where hunting foxes and rabbits remains as a pastime. Kangaroo Dogs are also often referred to as Kangaroo Hounds or Australian Greyhounds. Dogs of this breed are still relatively unknown outside Australia.
Appearance Kangaroo Dogs are medium-sized dogs with a muscular, lean body, and a head that is similar to that of a Kangaroo. Their head is narrow, with a long, tapering muzzle. Their eyes are almond-shaped and dark-coloured. The chest of these dogs is broad and deep, and their neck is well-muscled and long. They have strongly muscled thighs, straight forelegs, and slightly angled hind legs. Their legs are muscular and lean. These dogs have triangular ears that are large and stand erect on top of their head. The feet of these dogs are compact and have thick pads. Their tail is long, thin, and set high. The coat of Kangaroo Dogs can be smooth or rough.
Colours The coat of these dogs can be of any colour, but black is not acceptable. The most common coat colours of Kangaroo Dogs include grey, fawn, and brown brindle.
Temperament Kangaroo Dogs are free-spirited and energetic dogs that have excellent hunting skills. When being taken out for walks or jogs in a public area, these dogs should not be left off leash. When these dogs aren't leashed, they may wander or chase other animals that they regard as prey. Kangaroo Dogs can get along well with older and mature children. They can also get along well with other canines. Being hunting dogs, though, they may see unfamiliar animals as pets.
Weight The height of these dogs ranges from 17.5 to 30 inches, and their weight falls between 65 and 70 pounds.
Problems These dogs are generally healthy and have no known genetic health problems. Owners should, however, be careful not to overfeed them because Kangaroo Dogs are prone to obesity. It's best for these dogs to be given two or three small meals each day instead of just one large meal.
Living Conditions The smooth-haired dogs of this breed are somewhat sensitive to cold. If these dogs are living in an area that has a cold climate, they should be provided with adequate protection. The rough-haired Kangaroo Dogs, on the other hand, are sensitive to heat and are not suitable for places with a hot and humid climate. It's also best for these dogs to be provided with a securely fenced yard where they can run around and do some physical activities.
Requirements Like other dog breeds, Kangaroo Dogs should be taken for long walks daily to satisfy their primal instinct to walk.
Training Requirements These dogs should be trained for obedience at an early age. It would also be advisable for these dogs to undergo proper socialization from puppyhood onwards. They can also be trained for agility and other outdoor competitions.
Life Expectancy When properly taken care of, Kangaroo Dogs are can live for as long as 10 to 12 years.
Grooming The coat of these dogs just need little grooming and should just be brushed on an occasional basis. Bathing and dry shampooing these dogs should be done only when necessary because frequent bathing may strip the natural oils off the dogs' coat.
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