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DINGO FACTS

The dingo has physical characteristics that are quite different to the domestic dog.

The dingo is equipped with strong jaws, a large head, alert, almond-shaped eyes, erect ears, narrow chest and shoulders, a proportionate body and a bottle-shaped tail for balance. In all, the characteristics for a successful hunter. Dingoes have demonstrated great adaptability to the harsh Australian conditions and the different climatic regions, habitats and resources that exist here. Read more>>

Dingoes and wild dog hybrids are found throughout the continent of Australia, with
the exception of Tasmania. Habitat includes alpine, woodland, grassland, desert and coastal habitats. Read more>>

The dingo is a much closer cousin to the original wolf that roamed Eurasia about a million years ago than the modern domestic dog.

The dingo arrived in Australia about 5,000 years ago from the Asian mainland. They were probably brought to Australia on boats by Asian seafarers. Because of this geographical isolation, they evolved separately to other canids in other parts of the world for many thousands of years - until Europeans arrived. Read more>>

Dingoes live to five or six years of age in the wild and fifteen years in captivity.

They typically live in family packs: a dominant monogamous breeding pair and their offspring of current and past years. Adolescent or old adults ousted from the family group may form loose groups. Read more>>

Dingoes are threatened by persecution, habitat loss and wild domestic dogs. Read more>>

Domestic dogs are not trophic regulators as top order predators as are wolves and dingoes. By removing these specialized canids and allowing hybrids to exist allows for ecological degradation rather than trophic regulation. Read more>>