According to some sources, the dog population in southeastern Australia and along the east coast is now 90% dingo hybrids, other sources indicate that the dog population along the east coast is 80% hybrid[16] and only 15% to 20% of the dingoes in southeastern Australia and southern Queensland are “pure”. [18] In southwestern Australia and inland Queensland, the 90-95% of dingoes could be “pure.” [19] Genetic analyses in recent years have concluded that 96.8% of wild dog populations in the southern Blue Mountains are hybrids of dingoes. [20] Reports (or estimates) on the number of dingo hybrids in Australia are very high, but not homogeneous. Sometimes claims seem that most populations contain 80% hybrids or that 80%[21] or 90%[22] of all Australian wild dogs are dingo hybrids. Although it is not generally recommended to keep a dingo as a pet, a dingo in captivity can increase the life expectancy of the animal by about 10 years. Dingoes in the wild tend to live six years, while dingoes kept as pets can live up to 15 years. Hybrids of dingoes and other domestic dogs are now considered in all populations around the world. Their share is considered to be growing and completely “pure” populations may no longer exist. [17] However, the exact extent of this crossing is unknown. This process may have reached such a scale that there are large populations composed exclusively of hybrids. Traditional methods of identifying dingoes, hybrids of dingoes and other domestic dogs (based on skull characteristics, breeding patterns and coat colour) also suggest that the crossing is widespread and is found in all populations in Australia, particularly in the east and south of the continent.

Based on the characteristics of the skull, only a few “pure” dingoes remain in New South Wales and the “pure” form may be locally extinct in the southeastern highlands. [11] Even in areas once considered safe for “pure” dingoes, such as Kakadu National Park or parts of the Northern Territory, goofy hybrids are now appearing in border areas of the bush and settlements. In addition, hybrids have been spotted in northern Australia and in remote areas. [17] Dingoes are very similar to domesticated dogs, so some may wonder if they are good pets. In general, we do not recommend keeping a dingo as a pet. We`ll look at the complexities of owning a wild dog and why you might not want it. In addition, we cover where it is legal and where not to bring any of these animals into your home. I`m just trying to give money to help dingoes who need love, food and care. Can anyone help? Genetic discrimination is possible, but difficult, because there are few genetic traits that distinguish dingoes from other domestic dogs. A few years ago, some scientists at the University of New South Wales developed a relatively reliable method with 20 genetic “fingerprints” using DNA from skin and blood samples to determine the “purity” of a dingo.

[Citation needed] If one of these “fingerprints” were found, it would indicate that the dog being studied could be a hybrid and not a “pure” dingo. The reference group for this test was a group of captive dingoes that were thought to cover the entire spectrum of the dingo population. Samples that were outside this range would be considered hybrids. With increasing development, it may be possible to apply this method to hair and scat samples and provide more accurate results. The fear of crossing dingoes with domestic dogs is not a phenomenon of recent years and led to a ban on the import of German Shepherds into Australia by the Commonwealth of Nations as early as 1929. It was feared that German Shepherds (partly because of the old name “Alsatian Greyhound”) would pose a danger to sheep, befriend dingoes and eventually cross paths with them. This ban was first relaxed in 1972 and lifted in 1974. [45] In April 2001, 9-year-old Clinton Gage was killed by two dingoes on Fraser Island, a frequent site of attacks because of the proximity between dingoes and humans. Clinton and her 7-year-old brother were walking near a campground when Clinton tripped and caught two dingoes that immediately attacked the boys.

Clinton`s brother suffered only one bite, but by the time his father arrived at the scene, Clinton had already been killed. Many people demanded that the dingoes be removed from the island or killed. Although few dingoes were killed, park rangers began erecting fences to keep dogs away from the campground. You can buy a dingo for $300-450 as part of an adoption program run by organizations like Sydney Goofy Rescue and Goofy Den Animal Rescue, these centers offer rescues and adoptions for displaced dingoes. Dingo samples taken in the 1960s and 1970s showed that half of South Australia`s wild dogs were hybrids of dingoes; Analyses in the early 1980s confirmed the trend towards an increase in crossings. Based on the characteristics of the skull, the researchers found that the proportion of “pure” dingoes in the southeastern highlands increased from 49 percent in the 1960s to 17 percent in the 1980s. [11] In 1985 studies in southeastern Australia, only 55% of the 407 “dingoes” studied were not hybrids. 36% of the dogs were hybrids of dingoes and the rest were wild dogs of other origins. In the mid-1980s, the proportion of “pure” dingoes in dingo hybrids in Central Australia (based on skull characteristics) was estimated at 97.5% and 2.4%, respectively.

In contrast, estimates in southeastern Australia were 55.3% and 33.92%, respectively. Based on these results, it has been argued that mixed populations are expected in areas where human settlements exist and wild dogs remain, and that hybrids should be rarer in remote areas. Patterns of broken color, red with white, black or bluish spots, completely black, brown or bluish, black and white and piebald striped patterns were also more common in the second zone (34.8%) than in the first (5.7%). In southeastern Australia, there was no difference between areas close to farmland and forests in terms of coloring frequency. Many of these colorations have also occurred in experiments breeding reddish dingoes with other domestic dogs of different colors. [12] Overall, in the 1980s, about 50% of the populations in eastern and southern Australia were hybrids. [2] Based on the area of southeastern Australia, it was estimated that the proportion of “pure” dingoes was at least 22% and a maximum of 65%. [13] 100 dog skulls from the Queensland Museum were measured and analysed to determine the frequency of dingoes in Queensland dog populations.

The highest incidence of dingoes (95%) was found among skulls in central Queensland and the highest incidence of other domestic dogs and hybrids of dingoes (50%) was found in the southeast of the state. Fraser Island had only a low frequency of hybrids (17%), which were mainly limited to the southern half of the island. [14] At that time, the proportion of dingo hybrids in the continental population was estimated at about 78%. [15] At the turn of the millennium, only 74% of the 180 skulls in seven major regions of Australia could be classified as dingo skulls in measurements, and none of the populations consisted exclusively of dingoes. [16] According to Laurie Corbett, some wild dog populations studied in New South Wales consisted exclusively of hybrids. [2] No. Dingoes can only be bred with another dingo.