DINGOES ARE NOT DOMESTIC DOGS2018-06-12T08:14:36+00:00

DINGOES ARE NOT DOMESTIC DOGS

Pure dingoes will always be wild creatures

There is a broad misinterpretation that the dingo was once a “domestic dog” (Canis familiaris) before he went wild in Australia, and really has developed from the common pye-dogs of Asia. That is totally incorrect. The dingo has always been a wild canid, which developed as the wolf of Australia. Primitive peoples may have utilised puppies for whatever purpose (i.e. watch animals, food source, camp cleaners), but they did this by taking young animals from the wild. Unlike the African Wild Dog, or the Asian Dhole, both of which are older evolutionary prototypes of canidae; the dingo does not need to live in a pack and be taught to hunt to survive. The dingo has his prey drive inbuilt as instinctive behaviour. He is a natural, solitary predator. Pure dingoes, like wolves, are still locked genetically into annual breeding cycles.

He also will fit in with social pack hierarchy, as does the wolf, but this is a learned behaviour. Whilst the pye-dogs may have a shared ancestor thousands of years ago, today they bear no family relationship with the pure Australian dingo. They are modern offshoots of mongrel crosses. If one wishes to hold a belief that a dingo is a domestic dog, then the breed is by far the oldest and purest breed in the world, but it is a naturally evolved one and not man-made. Pure dingoes can never become “domesticated” while they remain pure. They are genetically locked into their primitiveness. Similar to what has occurred globally with wolves, coyotes and other wild canid species, which are all able to interbreed, only by crossing with domesticated breeds can the integrity of this genetic blueprint become impaired. But scientific research regarding this matter is lacking and still needs to be conducted, to understand the full extent of hybridisation.

There also has been very little scientific biological study and documentation of the dingoes’ unique physiology. Here are some pictorial records showing the unique physical capabilities of the dingo, which are generally impossible for domestic dogs: