What Are Some Facts About the Dingo?


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Research indicates that dingoes might be the world's oldest breed of dog. This wild dog is found in Australia and Thailand and is highly intelligent.

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One thing that sets dingoes apart from other canines is their different wrist structure which allows for rotation. This means that they can use their paws much like humans use their hands. Pairing this capability with their intelligence, dingoes can open doors to homes and do things most wild animals cannot.

Dingoes have permanently erect ears, can turn their heads 180 degrees in either direction and can howl but do not bark. Dingoes are carnivores and can feed on small rodents and lizards or take down a kangaroo. Living in packs, dingoes give birth to one litter a year. A litter can range from 1 to 10 pups but averages around 5. The dominant female of a pack will kill the pups born to any other female members of the pack. The pack helps raise the pups born to the dominant male and female. Wild dingoes can live to up to 10 years but usually only survive 5 or 6 years. Although it is difficult because of their intelligence and independence, dingoes can be domesticated and kept as pets. Domestic dingoes can live up to 15 years.

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