OUR DINGOES

Careful selection over many years has ensured a genetically diverse, pure dingo gene pool collection at the Sanctuary. Dingoes are either wild-born or captive-bred, ranging from all parts of Australia. Since DNA testing became available in 1994, all of the breeding lines at the Sanctuary have been subjected to molecular examination, which has been carried out by world-renowned molecular biologist, Professor Alan Wilton, at the University of NSW. The Dingo Discovery Sanctuary and Research Centre now houses the largest number of pure, unrelated dingo bloodlines in the world.

Not only are our dingoes pure, but also they are, for the most part, tractable and socialised. We make a point of handling and socialising all puppies to better equip them for life in a captive environment. However, this in no way impairs their natural instincts nor “domesticates” the species, and we remain vigilant against any forms of natural weakness, which would be naturally selected against in the wild. That is why our policy is never to see the dingo as a “breed”, under the artificial selection processes of canine associations.

Whilst our colony consists of mostly the “alpine” dingo ecotype, and the mtDNA of all dingoes is virtually identical, we strive to keep all ecotypes, including “desert” and “tropical”, separate in our breeding program.

Alpine Dingoes

Alpine dingoes are found in high elevation areas of the Australian Alps along eastern Australia. They are mostly ginger in colour, whilst in forested areas the fur can be a darker tan to black. During late autumn the grow a second thicker coat for warmth which usually sheds by mid to late spring.

Aussie

Age: Adult
Sex: Female
Type of Dingo: Alpine
Colour: Ginger
Companion: Crikey
Year of Arrival at the Sanctuary: 2017

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Bandit

Age: Adult
Sex: Male
Type of Dingo: Alpine
Colour: Ginger
Companion: Ebony
Year of Arrival at the Sanctuary: 2017

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Bingo

Age: Senior
Sex: Male
Type of Dingo: Alpine
Colour: Ginger
Companion: Wirra
Year of Arrival at the Sanctuary: 2002

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Bonnie

Age: Adult
Sex: Female
Type of Dingo: Alpine
Colour: Ginger
Companion: Saxon
Year of Arrival at the Sanctuary: 2017

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Chubbah

Age: Juvenile
Sex: Male
Type of Dingo: Alpine
Colour: Ginger
Companion: Mahla
Year of Arrival at the Sanctuary: 2018

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Clyde

Age: Adult
Sex: Male
Type of Dingo: Alpine
Colour: Ginger
Companion: Daisy
Year of Arrival at the Sanctuary: 2017

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Cooma

Age: Adult
Sex: Female
Type of Dingo: Alpine
Colour: Ginger
Companion: Crusoe
Year of Arrival at the Sanctuary: 2012

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Crikey

Age: Adult
Sex: Male
Type of Dingo: Alpine
Colour: Ginger
Partner: Aussie

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Crusoe

Age: Adult
Sex: Male
Type of Dingo: Alpine
Colour: Ginger
Partner: Cooma
Year of Arrival at the Sanctuary: 2012

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Daisy

Age: Adult
Sex: Female
Type of Dingo: Alpine
Colour: Ginger
Partner: Clyde
Year of Arrival at the Sanctuary: 2015

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Delilah

Age: Adult
Sex: Female
Type of Dingo: Alpine
Colour: Ginger
Companion: Pumbah
Year of Arrival at the Sanctuary: 2017

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Doc

Age: Adult
Sex: Male
Type of Dingo: Alpine
Colour: Black and Tan
Companion: Pepper
Year of Arrival at the Sanctuary: 2012

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Dolly

Age: Adult
Sex: Female
Type of Dingo: Alpine
Colour: Ginger
Companion: Yoori
Year of Arrival at the Sanctuary: 2015

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Ebony

Age: Adult
Sex:
Female
Type of Dingo: Alpine
Colour: Black and Tan
Companion: Bandit
Year of Arrival at the Sanctuary: 2017

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Hermione

Age: Juvenile
Sex: Female
Type of Dingo: Alpine
Colour: Ginger
Companion: Wandi
Year of Arrival at the Sanctuary: 2019

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KeeKee

Age: Adult
Sex: Female
Type of Dingo: Alpine
Colour: White/Cream
Companion: Simba
Year of Arrival at the Sanctuary: 2016

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Mahla

Age: Juvenile
Sex: Female
Type of Dingo: Alpine
Colour: Ginger
Companion: Chubbah
Year of Arrival at the Sanctuary: 2018

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Ooti

Age: Juvenile
Sex: Male
Type of Dingo: Alpine
Colour: Ginger
Companion: Pippi (my sister)
Year of Arrival at the Sanctuary: 2018

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Pepper

Age: Adult
Sex: Female
Type of Dingo: Alpine
Colour: Ginger
Companion: Doc
Year of Arrival at the Sanctuary: 2007

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Petal

Age: Senior
Sex: Female
Type of Dingo: Alpine
Colour: Ginger
Companion: Tangle
Year of Arrival at the Sanctuary: 2008

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Pippi

Age: Juvenile
Sex: Female
Type of Dingo: Alpine
Colour: Ginger
Companion: Ooti (her brother)
Year of Arrival at the Sanctuary: 2018

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Polly

Age: Adult
Sex: Female
Type of Dingo: Alpine
Colour: Ginger
Companion: Beri
Year of Arrival at the Sanctuary: 2014

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Pumbah

Age: Adult
Sex: Male
Type of Dingo: Alpine
Colour: Ginger
Companion: Delilah
Year of Arrival at the Sanctuary: 2017

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Simba

Age: Adult
Sex: Male
Type of Dingo: Alpine
Colour: Ginger
Companion: KeeKee
Year of Arrival at the Sanctuary: 2016

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Tangle

Age: Adult
Sex: Male
Type of Dingo: Alpine
Colour: Ginger
Companion: Petal
Year of Arrival at the Sanctuary: 2012

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Wandi

Age: Juvenile
Sex: Male
Type of Dingo: Alpine
Colour: Ginger with a little sable
Companion: Hermione
Year of Arrival at the Sanctuary: 2019

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Wirra

Age: Senior
Sex: Female
Type of Dingo: Alpine
Colour: Black and Tan
Companion: Bingo
Year of Arrival at the Sanctuary: 2008

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Yoori

Age: Adult
Sex: Male
Type of Dingo: Alpine
Colour: Ginger
Companion: Dolly
Year of Arrival at the Sanctuary: 2009

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Desert Dingoes

Desert dingoes are reddish, golden yellow, or sand colored with a compact body size and a fine coat. They are found broadly across Central Australia.

Amelia

Age: Adult
Sex: Female
Type of Dingo: Desert
Colour: Ginger
Companion: Wallace
Date of Arrival at the Sanctuary: 2017

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Beri

Age: Adult
Sex: Male
Type of Dingo: Desert
Colour: White / Cream
Companion: Polly
Year of Arrival at the Sanctuary: 2011

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Ernie

Age: Senior
Sex:
Male
Type of Dingo: Desert
Colour: Ginger
Companion: Sybil
Year of Arrival at the Sanctuary: 2010

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Henry

Age: Juvenile
Sex: Male
Type of Dingo: Desert
Colour: Ginger
Lives with: Indi (his sister)
Year of Arrival at the Sanctuary: 2018

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Ibis

Age: Adult
Sex: Female
Type of Dingo: Desert
Colour: Ginger
Companion: Winkye
Year of Arrival at the Sanctuary: 2019

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Indi

Age: Juvenile
Sex: Female
Type of Dingo: Desert
Colour: Ginger
Lives with: Henry (her brother)
Year of Arrival at the Sanctuary: 2018

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Sybil

Age: Senior
Sex: Female
Type of Dingo: Desert
Colour: Ginger
Companion: Ernie
Year of Arrival at the Sanctuary: 2007

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Wallace

Age: Adult
Sex: Male
Type of Dingo: Desert
Colour: Ginger
Companion: Amelia
Year of Arrival at the Sanctuary: 2011

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Winkye

Age: Adult
Sex: Male
Type of Dingo: Desert
Colour: Ginger
Partner: Ibis
Year of Arrival at the Sanctuary: 2013

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Tropical Dingoes

The Tropical dingo is located in the forests and wetlands across north and north-western Australia.  They have a finer stature, lack the double coat the other dingo types, and are generally ginger and creamy white in colour.

Keane

Age: Senior
Sex: Male
Type of Dingo: Tropical
Colour: Ginger
Companion: Kimmi
Year of Arrival at the Sanctuary: 2008

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Kimmi

Age: Adult
Sex: Female
Type of Dingo: Tropical
Colour: Ginger
Companion: Keane
Year of Arrival at the Sanctuary: 2014

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K’gari (Fraser Island) Dingoes

On Fraser Island, dingoes are normally a ginger or a golden sandy colour.

Saxon

Age: Senior
Sex: Male
Type of Dingo: K’gari (Fraser Island)
Colour: Ginger
Companion: Bonnie
Year of Arrival at the Sanctuary: 2010

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