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African Wild Dog
Considered a wild animal, it is questionable that the African Wild Dog would be suitable as a pet but as their numbers dwindle, their environment is encroached on and more threats to their existence appear, people will be tempted to save them.
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General Information
Group(s): Primitive-Pariah Height: 24 - 30 inches at the shoulder
Weight: 37-80 pouncs Longevity: 10 years
Colors: various mottled, Coat type: smooth
Recognized Registries:
Overall Appearance: A wild dog of the pariah or dingo variety. Its great variation in size, coloration and type is due to natural selection rather than the involvement of man in selecting for specific physical traits.
Personaility - Behavior - Training
Energy Level: unknown
General Nature: unknown
  with Children: unknown
  with other pets: unknown
  with dogs: unknown
Socialization requirements: unknown
Ideal home characteristics: unknown
Temperament Notes: unknown
Training requirement: unknown
Trainer notes: As a wild animal, they must be respected as having extremely strong prey and pack drives.  They will not be welcoming to strangers (of human or other species type).  Plenty of socializing may allow them to deal with a variety of environments but they will likely not cope with change well as adults.
Background Information
Year range of first recognition:
Country of Origin: Africa
Original Function:
Adoption Information
Deviations from Standard:
Health Notes:
Health Testing:
Questions to ask Breeder:  - The Breeder Questions as listed here provided with explanations and answers you will want to be looking for!

  • How long have you had African Wild Dogs?
  • How did you get your first ones?
  • How often do you breed or co-breed a litter?
  • Do you plan to keep a puppy from this litter?
  • How do you register your stock?
  • What health issues have you seen in the breed?
  • What do you consider the ideal temperament for an African Wild Dog?
  • What would you consider an ideal home?
  • Do you have a written contract and puppy guarantee?
  • What health clearances do you seek for your breeding stock?
  • Do you seek any titles for your breeding stock?
  • How do you know that you have a good example of the breed?
  • At what age do you send the puppies to their homes?
  • What would you consider an ideal home?
  • What suggestions do you have for raising and training an African Wild dog?
Web Sites: no rescues found
Other Resources
Breed standard: unrecognized by current legitimate registries
Breeder Ethics: without a parent club and thus without standard or ethics
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