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What is a dingo's life cycle?

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The life cycle of a dingo starts in the spring months when the animal breeds. It is most common for dingoes to mate between March and June.

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Dingoes live in packs, and each pack typically has two to three dominant pairs. The female dingo fully matures around the age of 2 and around that time she will mate with the male she has bonded with. After a male and female dingo bond, they become mates for life. Some dingoes that are not dominant or have failed to find a mate have even been known to breed with domestic dogs. After mating and the female becomes impregnated, the gestation period is around 9 weeks.

The female then gives birth to four to six pups in a den or burrow and both parents stay with them to offer protection. The female dingo nurses the pups for the first 2 months before beginning to wean them. After weaning, the male and female dingo begins taking the pups out of the den in order to teach them to hunt. On occasion, the female pups will be killed or abandoned by the mother if her dominance is threatened. The pups are fully grown by a year old and dingoes live on average up to 7 to 9 years.

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