Owning A Dingo
Some truly questionable, unjustified in current times, and even ridiculous legislation exists in Australia concerning the dingo - all the way from total ban on private ownership in Tasmania, Queensland, and South Australia, to total deregulation in N.S.W., permit conditions for Western Australia and A.C.T. Pressure groups are actively engaged in changing this situation. We suggest you contact the appropriate department in your state of residence to ascertain your position – if you want to own a dingo.
In Victoria, for pure dingo ownership it is necessary to obtain a permit from the Dept. Sustainability and Environment. This also requires an escape proof facility in which to safely house your dingo, which must be a minimum size of 30 sq. metres, with a fence height of 3 metres minimum. Of course appropriate shelter and care levels are also required by law, and we ourselves are selective when it comes to assessing future life carers for our precious young pure dingoes. For hybrid or otherwise non-pure dingoes it is necessary to register with your local council.
The optimum age to acquire your dingo is between five and sixteen weeks. This generally means placing an order in January before the annual breeding season commences. Puppies are ready for new homes from mid June to early October each year. Dingoes are more forward than domestic dogs, and bond best with a new family and environment early in life. Constant socialization and exposure to new environmental factors is required for the first year of life for lasting success.
Dingoes need their bonded humans, other pets and familiar surroundings for their lifetime. They cannot be successfully boarded out, or re-homed. Your commitment must therefore be seriously considered, and for the life of your dingo which may well be 18 years. Consider again – long and hard – before you take on a super sensitive dingo pup. NEVER act on a whim if you intend to travel away or move around, unless you know your dingo will be secure and happy with other bonded carers.
SPONSORSHIP is a means by which you can have an interest in a specially selected dingo while it lives its life happily at our sanctuary. This form of “ownership” works well for those without the facilities or time to give constant care and attention. Contact us for details if this project is of interest to you
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Average litter size is 5
A dingo must drink water an average of 12% of their body weight per day in summer
Radio-collared dingoes spent 75% of their time within 6 kilometres of their release point
Own a Dingo Info