Does an African Wild Dog Make a Suitable Household Pet?

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Although the African wild dog is a relative of the wolf and the domestic dog, it is unlikely to make a suitable household pet due to its undomesticated nature. In addition, the African wild dog naturally lives in a large pack, which can have as many as 10 members.

The African wild dog is exclusive to the grasslands and deciduous woodlands of Africa. The impressive stamina and long, slender limbs of the African wild dog allow it to pursue prey over great distances. Its diet is composed mostly of large-sized ungulates. As an endangered species, the African wild dog is threatened by habitat loss and poaching.