Our Dingoes ...

Over many years and careful selection to ensure diversity of the gene pool, pure dingoes have been added to the collection at Toolern Vale Sanctuary from all parts of Australia – both wild and captive bred. Since DNA testing became available in 1994, all of the breeding lines at the Sanctuary have been subjected to molecular examination, carried out by world renowned Molecular Biologist, Professor Alan Wilton at the University of NSW. The DDC now houses the largest number of pure unrelated dingo bloodlines in the world.

Not only are our dingoes pure, but they are also, for the most part, tractable and socialized. We make a point of handling and socializing all puppies to better equip them for life in a captive environment. However, this in no way impairs the  natural instincts nor "domesticates" the species, and we  remain vigilant against any forms of natural weakness, which  nature would herself cull from the gene pool. That is why our policy is never to see the dingo as a "breed" under the loose rules and thoughtless human selection processes of canine associations.

Whilst our colony consists of mostly "alpine" type, and the DNA of all dingoes is virtually identical, we do keep the different strains separate in our breeding program.

Here is just a sample of our dingoes

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Dingo Facts

Average weight of a male dingo is 15Kg


A dingo must drink water an average of 12% of their body weight per day in summer

The first European to see a dingo was William Dampier a Dutch explorer in the late 1600's