Tuesday, April 1, 2014
Something interesting about dingoes
Hello gals and guys! Julia here. I was fascinated by a report in the Sydney Morning Herald on Monday about dingoes. Everyone based their description on the drawing of a dingo in the journal of the first Governor, Arthur Phillip and, according to Matthew Crowther, the research leader from Sydney University, the lack of official status has meant that dingoes are often confused with wild dogs - a pest to farmers. However, from a mix of skeletons, skins and preserved specimens held mostly in European museums, the team determined the physical characteristics that define a dingo - a longer snout, bushy tail and pointy ears, and a large skull. Their appearance was more varied than people assumed, with considerable differences in the colours of their coats. While dingoes and domestic dogs have a common ancestor, the dingo has lived in isolation for more than 3,000 years, so it is appropriate that the dingoes scientific classification is Canis dingo, as they are not descended from wolves, were distinct from dogs and were not a sub-species. I am interested in all this because we know one!. He belongs to our friend Wendy Wouter, fox-terrier breeder and prize winning groomer. He really is beautiful with a wonderful expression and huge grey eyes. He is micro-chipped and, alas, carefully confined because if he goes walk about he will definitely kill smaller farm animals Nevertheless he really is a gorgeous creature !