Skip to comments.Dingo- The World's Oldest Dog
Posted on 05/02/2010 9:09:53 AM PDT by nickcarraway
A recent study has revealed that Dingo is the world's oldest breed of dog.
This dog according to experts is basically a cross between dogs and wolves. Experts have found closest genetic similarity between the dingo and wolves.
Dingo's have been discovered to be the close kin of, the rare New Guinea singing dog as they shares similar DNA.
Dingos and the singing dogs, even their similar features to other dogs were from other breeds for thousands of years.
"This gives us a huge weight of evidence supporting the theory that the dingo is quite distinct from all modern dog breeds," said joint author Alan Wilton, of Sydney's University of New South Wales.
Dingo's were first brought to Australia from Indonesia and then after became a permanent resident. Dingo though kept as pet in many households, are more destructive than other dogs. In Australia they are a curse to the sheep industry.
Somebody has to say it:
“Maybe the dingo took the baby.”
Hehehe. You beat me to it!
The world’s oldest breed? Is that measured in dog years?
This dog according to experts is basically a cross between dogs and wolves.
Hmmmm, scratching head. What about the dogs that 'crossed" with wolves. Were they not a breed? If not, why not?
Maybe they meant oldest breed still in existance?
Maybe dogs from the future went back in a time machine, bred with wolves, and came back.
One-upped the One-upper, eh?
The dingo is a curious lot. They are kept on display at Steve Irwin’s (Croc Hunter) Australia Zoo. Not even as big as a Golden Retriever. And not as easily spooked as wolves. They look like a domesticated house dog. But they are wily buggers in the wild.
Do they ever attack people?
I have a fall-back though. Remember the band from the 60s? The one with John, Paul, George and Dingo Starr?
Neighbor unknowingly had one and all of the cats in the neighborhood disappeared over a 3 month span. Someone put 2 and 2 together with the dog and realized it was a dingo. It was taken away.
Yes, they attack people. Especially when they have lost fear of people. If I recall correctly, 6 rangers in Australia were killed by Dingos just recently. I could be wrong about this one incident but I know for a fact they have killed people and they absolutely rip through a herd of sheep.
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