Rescue Journal


Carol  ·  Nov. 10, 2010

one of the rescues is asking me to call someone with a 15 yr old dingo they will have to be euth'ing on monday due to moving.
does anyone know anything about dingo's?..i know nothing about them at all so do i even want to make this call?



There is a very, very long dingo fence in the Australian Outback for a good reason. Dingos worry & kill an inordinate number of sheep in the wild. I've never heard of anyone domesticating a dingo, but I guess that anything is possible. Please be careful with this one.


Would Canadian Border Services allow a dingo into the country?? Would they even know what a dingo looks like?

Hey, they let Randy Quaid into the country and anyone who's watched Vacation knows exactly what HE looks like.


FYI if it's a Jindo my number is not in service.... Hey Pheobe is still alive as are you, a Jindo is nothin......

Carol Ann

from what i read it should be ok if they had it from a pup and trained it. They bark a lot and mate for life is basically all i learned. ????


if it is a jindo i am giving them your number... i have never had a jindo and i think that is good! i am really worried...what if it is a jindo and the adopters misunderstood? a dingo is unlikely but a jindo is possible.
the referral came from lichen..they said dingo, she said dingo..i guess i will see this weekend.


holy kadiddlehoppers, I just clicked that wiki link... and people DO breed dingos for pets... good dawg...


Love Jindos, but they can be scarier than any dingo!

I suspect this dog is probably a kelpie.


It might eat the baby... Sorry bad I know....... If it's a real Dingo I think around your farm animals would be a VERY bad idea......

Mauro Salles

A weird "highlight" from Wikipedia ==> "Due to its habit of attacking livestock and the vulnerability of sheep, dingoes and other wild dogs are seen as a pest by the sheep industry ...".

Colleen B

Geez, that sounds as crazy as a papered pure bred coyote. Maybe I'm just ignorant? But I guess breed doesn't matter if she's a sweetheart :)

Mauro Salles

Hmmmm... An Australian Dingo is NOT a domesticated dog... I don't if ther is a non-Australian kind. Some info here ==>


apparently the dog was adopted from the spca as a puppy and the owner was shown the import papers from australia which stated the dog was PB dingo...the paperwork was given to the shelter when the pup was surrendered.
anyway that is the story as i know it, i haven't seen the dog or any documentation and 15 years ago would the spca have adopted out a confirmed dingo pup?

i did call..the woman said this is a very nice 15 yr old dog..they are moving on monday and haven't been able to find a new home for this dog in the 2 months that they have been looking. i said they could come up on the weekend and i would meet with them but no promises on if we would be able to take her. we will have to see..especially because it looks like thunder might be an issue. i heard from LA and they are currently bringing the dogs all in from their fosters to meet the transport here and thunder is being a hag.
i said not to bring her if she is really bad so am waiting to hear if she is just a bitchy cattle dog hag or someone a bit more serious and possibly harmful.


Here's a peek at Wikipedia: ( )

As a pet and working dog

There is divided opinion on the topic of keeping dingoes as pets and working dogs. For some people, the dingo is by no means suitable for this[81] while for others it is no different than other domestic dogs, and that to say otherwise would be far fetched. In this vein, dingoes would have the right to be recognized as a dog breed and that domestication would be the only reliable way to ensure the survival of the "pure" dingo.[82]
A pet dingo

Dingoes can be very tame when they come in frequent contact with humans.[16] Furthermore there were and are dingoes that live with humans (due to practical, as well as emotional reasons). It is known that many indigenous Australians and early European settlers already lived alongside dingoes. Alfred Brehm reported of dingoes that were completely tame and, in some cases, behaved exactly like other domestic dogs (one was used for shepherding heavy livestock), as well as of specimens that remained wild and shy. He also reported of dingoes that were aggressive and completely uncontrollable, but was of the opinion that these reports should not get more attention than they deserve, since the behaviour depends on how the dingo was raised since early puppyhood. He also believed that these dogs could become very decent pets.[17]

According to Eberhard Trumler dingoes are very smart and affectionate. These characteristics were the reason why he never recommended anyone to own dingoes if they could not provide the dog an enclosure (not a kennel) that was big enough and escape-proof and a partner of the opposite sex. During heat, dingoes are harder to manage than other domestic dogs, which combined with their attachment to their owners leads to problems, since they want to follow their owners all the time and never miss the opportunity to feed. They are supposed to find every weak spot of an enclosure or residence, escape for a while and stray through towns and villages. Their intellectual ability is supposedly connected to an enormous ability to learn and a lightning perception, but stops at the slightest hint of pressure. They would be suitable as shepherd dogs, as they see a purpose in it (keeping together a familiar group would be in their nature) and even today, some dingoes are used as shepherd dogs. Similar to other domestic dogs they can be housebroken.

In 1976, the Australian Native Dog Training Society of N.S.W. Ltd was founded, which was originally illegal because ownership of dingoes was forbidden. The dingo was officially recognized as Australia's national dog breed in mid-1994 by the Australian National Kennel Council, and a breed standard was published years later. However this does not legalize ownership in states where it is forbidden to own, breed or sell dingoes.[14]

Today dingoes are bred by certain clubs and private individuals in Australia and the USA.

Whether or not dingoes are allowed to be kept as pets differs from country to country, as well as between the states of Australia. For example: in South Australia dingoes can only be kept in specially authorized zoos, circuses and research institutions. Ownership, planned domestication or commercial usage of dingoes is considered unacceptable, since this would lead to the reintroduction of dingoes in sheep areas.

The dingo is not regarded as a dog breed by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale. However the American Rare Breed Association (ARBA) regards the dingo as a breed belonging to the Spitz and Primitive Group. In addition the dingo is also listed in Group 4 (Hound) of the Australian National Kennel Council (ANKC).