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Dingo Dog Breed, Puppies, Nature, Chracteristics and Life Expectancy

The Dingo breed of dogs has never been domesticated fully and these dogs are usually not kept as companions.

This is on account of the breed’s isolation and inadequate human intervention. Dingos that are not trained are not suited for being around children. Obedience training is also difficult with such dogs.  Dingo puppies that are adopted from the litter before 6 weeks can be raised as pets. Taming is possible at this tender age. Dogs that have crossed 10 weeks of age should not be domesticated.

Good training and proper care can transform a Dingo into a suitable pet. Dingos are known to be excellent at climbing trees. They can also be quite aloof at times. These traits also shared by the Finnish Spitz and New Guinea Singing Dog which are close cousins of the Dingo.

The female dingo breeds only once each year. What distinguishes Dingos from other dogs is the manner in which they choose their mates.

Dingos mate for life and are also sometimes seen mourning themselves to death after a partner dies. Dingos sometimes keep their pups in tree hollows where they will be completely protected. However Dingo puppies do sometimes fall victim to snakes. Dingo families live in packs and show great cooperation with one another. They often vocalize together before setting off on a hunt. They hunt at night and do it rather silently. Communication is done through a characteristic howl. Dingos do not like to get into the water and at the most they will wade through it. Dingos do not display aggression and tend to adopt a flight response in stressful circumstances. The breeding season is in May to June and pet male Dingos tend to get restless during this time. It is important for owners of Dingos to show natural authority over the pet. An ideal dingo owner should be confident, firm and calm. Good communication between the dog and its owner is vital.

Dingo dogs require a good deal of exercise. Not much grooming is necessary for Dingos as their coat is weather resistant. This dog breed is known to have a life expectancy of more than 20 years of age. The dingo is not suited for apartment life. They are essentially wild dogs and prefer to remain in open spaces. It is important not to take these dogs off the leash while in a park. Dingos are able to tolerate hot climates.
  Submitted on September 5, 2011  

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