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Are there dogs in Australia?

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There are domestic dogs in Australia, and racing dogs, called greyhounds. Australia also has sheep dogs.

A unique dog to Australia is the Dingo

Image: 250px-Dingo_on_the_road.jpg An Australian dingo in the Outback

The Dingo is a domestic dog which has reverted to a wild state for thousands of years and today lives largely independent from humans in the majority of its distribution. They do not make pets, will walk beside you, but if you pat them, they are likely to bite you.

It is often wrongly asserted that dingoes do not bark. Compared to most other domestic dogs, the bark of a dingo is short.

Image: 180px-Das_Rudel_heult.jpg Captive dingos howling

Australian dingoes have three basic forms of howling (moans, bark-howl, snuffs) with at least 10 variations. Usually there are three kinds of howls distinguished: long and persistent, rising and ebbing, and short and abrupt.

Image: 180px-Dingo-australian_zoo.jpg Resting Dingo

Dingos are very often nocturnal in warmer regions, but more active during the day in cooler areas. Their main time of activity is around dusk and dawn. The periods of activity are short (often less than one hour) with short times of resting. They have two kinds of movement: a searching movement, apparently associated with hunting, and an exploratory movement, probably for contact and communication with other dogs

Dingos are pests, and will attack sheep and cattle. There is a dingo fence in Australia which runs hundreds and hundreds of miles, to keep them out from farms.

Includes CC-BY-SA content from Wikipedia's Dingo article (authors)

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