Breed Profile Dog Smart Natural Dog SMART HOMES WILDLIFE WEDNESDAY


On March 8, 2012. the second litter of dingo pups were born at the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo.



Dingo pups act very much like other pups.They chew on everything from shoes to tree branches and also enjoy puppy food.


The parents Mattie and Naya were first brought to the zoo from Australia in 1988 and are among the only 75 pairs of pure dingoes in the world.



The International Union for Conservation of Nature lists this species as a threatened species, however many people are becoming interested in this breed and are trying to protect them.




Dingoes howl and do not bark.

Want to find out if a dingo is purebred,watch out for  white markings on the tip of their tails and feet. Dingoes always have white feet and a white tail tip.


Interestingly enough, dingoes have no body odor and no bark. They howl.


Dingoes have the widest cheekbones, whilst a dog’s body is usually its shoulders and hips.


Dingoes have wrists that are capable of rotation.This allows for he dingo to use his paws like hands.


A dingo can turn his head almost 180 degrees in each direction.


Dingoes have ears that always stand up.


Australian dingoes are larger than Thai dingoes.


Male dingoes weigh in at 26-43 pounds whilst the females weigh approximately between 21-35 pounds.


Domesticated dingoes in Australia can live for as long as 15 years or more.


Domestication of this wonderful species is difficult because the dingo is harder to train than the domesticated dog and is very smart.


They love to hide their food under dirt only to dig it up later.


Dingos enjoy small reptiles,birds, rodents and sometimes sheep and small kangaroos.


Breeding is once a year and Australia’s dingoes mate in Autumn.Gestation lasts for two months and dingoes produce one litter of pups each year.Sometimes a litter can have as many as ten pups, however the average is 5 to 6.Sadly enough the Alpha female dingo will kill any pups that are born to other dingoes in a dingo pack.Pups are weaned at the same time as domesticated dogs-eight weeks and much of their food is regurgitated meat.

Claudia Bensimoun

Copyright 2012



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