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Dingo Facts: Lesson for Kids

Instructor: Rebecca Gillaspy

Dr. Gillaspy has taught health science at University of Phoenix and Ashford University and has a degree from Palmer College of Chiropractic.

Dingo is the funny name given to Australia's wild dogs. Dingoes might remind you of a dog you or a friend owns, but these dogs are hunters that live outdoors. Learn about dingoes and how they live.

What Is a Dingo?

What type of dog doesn't like to bark? The answer is a dingo. A dingo is Australia's wild dog, and it communicates with other dingoes by howling, not barking. Because it's a wild dog, it's not a dog that lives with people; instead, it lives outdoors by itself or in a small pack with about ten other dingoes.

These captive dingoes, like all dingoes, howl instead of bark
Captive Dingoes Howling

What Do Dingoes Look Like?

A dingo weighs about 20 to 30 pounds, and its body is about three-and-a-half to four feet long. It has a pointed nose and pointed ears that stick up above its head. When you look at a dingo, you might think it looks a lot like a dog with a long and bushy tail, or maybe even a dog mixed with a fox because of its red coat.

Dingoes are about the size of a medium-sized domestic dog
dingo walking

Where Do Dingoes Live?

Dingoes are originally from Asia. When people started moving from Asia to Australia, they took dingoes with them. Today, Australia, which is a small continent that lies below Asia, is the best place to find these wild dogs.

Dingoes seem to be just as happy living alone as in a group. They like to roam around and can be found living in the woodlands, grasslands and deserts because that's where the animals they prey on live.

What Do Dingoes Eat?

If you invited a dingo to a picnic, it might bring one of its favorite foods, such as a rabbit, mouse, bird or lizard. If a pack of dingoes went hunting for dinner, they might go for a bigger meal, such as a kangaroo or wallaby. They might even attack animals that people keep on farms, like sheep, so farmers sometimes think of dingoes as pests.

As you can see, dingoes eat a lot of meat, but they will also eat some plants and berries if they get hungry.

What Is Their Life Cycle Like?

Like domestic dogs, these wild dogs have litters of pups. A typical litter will have about five pups, but it can have fewer or more than that.

Dingo pups, just like all puppies, are very cute.
dingo pups

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