Dingos are free ranging dogs found mostly in Australia.
They are ancient domestic dogs that reverted to wild status about 5000 years ago, although some scientists say they may be twice that old. Based on genetic analysis, dingos are descended from only a few dogs, theoretically one pregnant female. She probably accompanied seafaring explorers from southeast Asia.
|Although the largest population is in Australia, |
dingos inhabit much of southeast Asia.
Some think dingos originated in Southeast
Asia and were then brought to Australia.
Dingos weigh between 29 and 44 pounds. Although they bark like dogs, they howl and whimper more. Their social behavior is like that of coyotes or wolves. They live in packs of three to twelve, although some remain solitary and nomadic. The size of the pack corresponds to the size of the most common food source. Hunting is opportunistic and scavenging common. A pack consist of one mated pair along with adult offspring. Only the alpha pair successfully reproduce.
|Although their coat colors vary, most look like this fella.|
Dingos are endangered by hybridization. Less than 30% of the population is pure due to crossbreeding with domestic dogs.