Dingo are not dogs

Dingoes are not Domestic Dogs

Pure dingoes will always be wild creatures.

There is a broad misinterpretation that the dingo was once a "domestic dog" before he went wild in Australia, and really has developed from the common pye dogs of Asia. That is totally incorrect. The dingo has always been a wild canine - which developed as the wolf of Australia. Primitive peoples may have utilised puppies for whatever purpose, watch animals, food source, camp cleaners, but they did this by taking young animals from the wild. Unlike the African Wild Dog, or the Asian Dhole, both of which are older evolutionary prototypes of canidae; the dingo does not need to live in a pack and be taught to hunt to survive. The dingo has his prey drive inbuilt as instinctive behaviour. He is a natural predator animal. Pure dingoes, like wolves, are still locked genetically into annual breeding cycles.

He also will fit in with social pack hierarchy, as does the wolf, but this is learned behaviour. Whilst the pye dogs may have a shared ancestor thousands of years ago, today they bear no family relationship with the pure Australian dingo. They are modern offshoots of mongrel crosses. If one wishes to hold a belief that a dingo is a domestic dog, then the breed is by far the oldest and purest breed in the world, but it is a naturally evolved one and not man-made.   Pure dingoes can never become "domesticated" while they remain pure. They are genetically locked into their primitiveness. Similar to what has occurred globally with wolves, coyotes and other wild canid species, which are all able to interbreed, only by crossing with domesticated breeds can the integrity of this genetic blueprint become impaired.

Very little scientific biological study and documenting of dingo uniqueness has occurred, other than to seek simpler means of exterminating them. This is a travesty . Here are some pictorial records showing the unique physical capabilities of the dingo, which are generally impossible for dogs

Pictures: Sars and Ayjay model their super flexibility, and ability to totally relax when suspended .

Dingoes come in three colours
(all with more or less white markings at extremities)

It is a rare and wonderful privilege to share communications with another species.  A successful bond with a dingo can fulfil such a privilege.

True Dingoes, on the other hand will never condescend to obey man except when it suits them and will for ever retain the ability to fend for themselves in allegiance only with mother nature. Understanding the Dingo makes man feel like the tiny cog in the machinery of the natural universe that he really is. The dingo owes nothing to man. He is therefore incorruptible. Fundamentally this is why most humans will always view dingoes in a negative sense.


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Dingo Facts

Average height of a dingo at the shoulders is 570mm

Average gestation period is 61- 69 days

A dingo must drink water an average of 7% of their body weight per day in winter