Dingo is considered as one of the oldest dog breeds from Australia and Southeast Asia. This breed is believed to be the ancestor of all breeds of dogs. Unfortunately, these intelligent dogs are on the verge on extinction. In fact, it has been estimated that the Dingo dog breed might probably become extinct within the next 20 years.
These dogs are also known by names like the Canis Lupus Dingo, Australian wild dog, Australian Native Dog, Warrigal, Boolomo, Maliki, Mirigung etc. They are regarded as wild dogs. Though, proper training and socialization of Dingo puppies have proved beneficial in domesticating these amazing dogs.
But, activities like breeding, owning and selling Dingoes have not been legalized in most of the regions partly because of their wild instincts and partly because of interbreeding of these dogs that that is affecting the status of the purebred Dingo dogs.
Dingo is a medium sized dog with impressive muscular build. Australian Dingo dogs are larger as compared to Asian Dingo dogs. They tend to have yellow to orange colored eyes. The small erect ears are rounded in shape. They have well furred and bushy tails. This breed is characterized by longer canine teeth and stronger jaws.
Color: The most common coat color of a Dingo is sandy to reddish brown. They are also available in yellow ginger, black, white, tan and bi colors. A typical purebred Dingo is characterized by white hair on the feet and tip of the tail.
Height: The average height of Dingoes is around 19 to 22 inches.
Weight: Male as well as female Dingoes are usually 50 to 70 pounds in weight.
These dogs are usually healthier than other pet dogs. They can withstand hot climates as well. Still, they do are prone to health issues prevalent in other dogs. They are susceptible to parasitic diseases, especially Sarcoptic Mange.
Life Expectancy: The average lifespan of a healthy Dingo is 20 years or more. But, these dogs usually live up to 13-14 years in captivity.
Litter Size: The average litter size of Dingoes is generally 4 to 6 puppies. They breed only once in a year’s time (between March and June).
The short and soft hair coat of a Dingo is weather resistant and requires little to no grooming in terms of maintenance. These dogs should be bathed only when necessary as they relatively clean and do not have much doggy odor.
These wild dogs are smart, intelligent, inquisitive, outgoing and adventurous in nature. With the help of early training and socialization, they can be tamed and domesticated properly to serve as loving family pets. They can serve as good guard dogs too.
Though usually affectionate, still Dingo dogs can be timid and shy in the presence of strangers. They are generally not aggressive. Instead, they exhibit quite a placid and quiet temperament. These dogs generally choose single partners for life and tend to mourn a lot on the loss of their mates.
On the downside, these dogs tend to have strong territorial instincts. Moreover they can be strong willed and stubborn at times thereby creating problems in effective obedience training.
Interestingly, Dingo dogs have been known for howling and yelping instead of typical barking. In other words, Dingo dogs are characterized by short and monosyllabic barks. When planning to get a Dingo as a pet, it is often recommended to go for Dingo puppies aged six weeks or less.
However, these dogs are generally not recommended for apartment situation, especially in case of novice dog owners. They require a good amount of space and physical activity.
When you are planning physical activities and exercises for your Dingo, try to exclude the activity of swimming from your list because these dogs are not fond of water.