Why did I put the Dingo in my Australian Series you ask?
Hmmmm to be honest I didn’t really know that they had only come to Australia some 4,000 years ago. It wasn’t till I started researching that I found this out.
But yes it's thought to believe that the Dingo came to Australia fromtravellers from Indonesia or Southeast Asia, dropping the once-domesticated south Asian variety of a Grey Wolf to Australia roughly 4000 years ago. The dogs, left to their own devices, thrived by falling back on the wolfish instincts of their ancestors. While some dingoes would travel and eat with Aboriginal tribes, they were wary companions and certainly not pets.
Technically, dingoes are not a breed of dog. They're only semi-domesticated and are just as much wolf as they are dog.
Some evidence suggests that they may once have been pets, but were abandoned and left to revert to their wild state.
Left to fend for themselves, dingoes became the largest predator in Australia and enjoyed a wide variety of prey to munch on! It wasn't until the English came to the country with their sheep that the dingo ran into some trouble. Dingoes feasted on the newcomers' livestock until the farmers went crazy. While most dogs are considered man's best friend, dingoes are decidedly an enemy of the Australian farmer.
Wild Australian dingoes kill and eat prey ranging in size from small lizards, birds and rodents up to sheep and kangaroos.
Dingoes are extremely intelligent animals. They are more independent and harder to train than other dogs and have larger canine teeth than domestic dogs.
You can find dingo blood in Australian Kelpies and Australian cattle dogs. Breeders realised that the sturdy wild dogs were perfect to help bulk up working dogs.
Dingoes are well-equipped for the Australian Outback, and have an impressive sense of vision. They can even swivel their heads about 180 degrees and the colour of their coat can adapt to the area they live in.
Unlike your standard dog, dingoes are much quieter. Instead of barking, the dogs have a yodel-like howl.
So there you go, it must of been my love of Wolves that drew me to the Dingo. I feel they are rightful to be included in this series as they are now iconically known to only be found in Australia.
Hand drawn with just lead pencil,. I added just a hint of watercolours and gouache paints at the end.
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