Do you ever get that panicky feeling that time is running out and soon the dingo will be extinct?
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Many think that dingoes are primarily wild dogs. Yes, they are.They are natural hunters found throughout Australia, but at the same time they are also pets in homes and loved by many families. The dingo has unique eyes and a yellow-ginger coat. This wild dog does make an excellent family pet if introduced young enough to his human family.Many families train their dingoes and start their introduction to domesticated life as young as 8 weeks old.
Theories have traced the lineage of dingoes to wolves, since they share many of the same behaviors and traits.Wild dingoes should remain wild and stay outdoors, however young dingo pups can be domesticated, but this must start at a young age.Older dingoes have developed their hunter instinct and will not adapt to a domesticated environment.
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These are one of the few breeds that can climb trees.
“Genetic evidence refines the picture even more. Recent DNA studies, for example, suggest that the animals arrived in Australia from Borneo and Sulawesi between 5000 and 12,000 years ago. Meanwhile, a 2014 report found that dingoes lack multiple copies of a starch digestion gene; their doggie cousins developed multiple copies while living with agricultural people. The fact that dingoes aren’t able to digest starch suggests that before their journey to Australia they were not living with agricultural people such as the mariners from India, or the traders from Taiwan or Timor.” VIA Science Magazine. Leigh Dayton
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