|DAJACKIE PURE DINGOES
Captive Breeding Programe
|BREEDING PURE AUSTRALIAN DINGOES TO SAVE THEM FROM EXTINCTION
|My association with the Australian Dingo, goes back over 50 years, when as a ten
year old on a holiday in Outback NSW, I met a marvelous old Aboriginal Dingo
Trapper called Joshua Bolt. At first I was rather intimidated by the old man - he
was a tall man with huge hands, a bushy beard and snow white hair. He had black
eyes that seemed to look straight through me,through me, but spoke in a quiet
and gentle tone. Employed on a huge property as a Stock man and trapper, he
had tracked and shot dingoes that were known to have consistently killed or
badly injured livestock. It was interesting to find that Dingoes who were sick or
injured were the ones that resorted to trying to kill livestock and it was always
sick injured or dying livestock that fell prey to the Dingoes. Joshua had never
believed in the iron traps with the cruel metal jaws used my most trappers, and
as I became less intimidated by him, and grew very fond of him, I learnt that the
Property Owners were not at all like most landholders, who believed that "the
only good Dingo was a dead Dingo".
They were devout Christians and believed that everything alive had it's place in
God's Creation. I knew them as Auntie Neddie and Uncle Ted. Auntie Neddie
was the sister of my Mum's best friend and that is how we came to know Auntie
Neddie and Uncle Ted. They were lovely people and we were always welcomed
to spend time with them - which I did many times over the years.
The Aboriginal people on the property were treated in the same way as we were,
they ate at the same table as we did and were treated as equals, socially and in
all aspects of property work. That had earned Auntie Neddie and Uncle Ted the
love and respect of the Aboriginal people in the district, and they were repaid
with a devotion and loyalty that I had never seen anywhere, and have never seen
There was no problem with drink, or with mistreatment, and they were
encouraged to follow the traditions they had followed for centuries. Unlike most
Christian people of the time who thought of the Aboriginal people as Heathens
that needed "saving", Auntie Neddie and Uncle Ted did not believe it was right to
try and change these proud people into something they were not. Really, Auntie
Neddie and Uncle Ted were before their time, having such a wonderful attitude
towards the Aboriginal people, and believing that it was important not to destroy
the natural environment, or the native wildlife. They were living proof, that it was
possible and profitable to run livestock, at reasonable stocking numbers, whilst
co-existing with the natural environment and animals.
The Dingo was synonymous with the Aboriginal people, of the area, but unlike
some areas, the camp Dingoes on the property were healthy and well fed.
Joshua Bolt, was a champion of his people, and a respected Elder of his tribe,
and of all the Wildlife on the property, including the Dingo. Joshua was about 75
years old when I first met him and had been born on the property.
For some reason Joshua took me under his wing and taught me so much about the
wildlife of Australia. It was all so unique to me having come from the United
Kingdom when I was only 7 years old, and I was fascinated by the Wildlife which
was like nothing I had ever seen.
Of all the wildlife that Joshua showed me, none fascinated me like the Australian
Dingo. Yes there were more unusual creatures, fascinating in there own way and
unique in all creation, but the thing that took my attention with the Dingoes was
the ordered way in which they lived, the way a male and female became partners
for life, the way they existed as a family group, and the way they regulated the
numbers of puppies born each year. The other important fact was that the Dingo
was top order predator, so there were no feral animals (cats foxes, and rabbits)
and neither did the Kangaroo population get out of hand on the property.
Had the Dingo been left pure without the interference of domestic dogs we
would never have had a "wild dog" problem. But with settlement and travel came
domestic dogs of all shapes and sizes, Worst were the hunting dogs, bred to
maim and kill. These dogs often "went bush" to breed with the purebred Dingo
producing a hybrid dog that had the instinct to kill anything, and the cunning to
track its prey anywhere.
That is how the purebred Dingo so unjustly got such a bad name - not because the
pure Dingo was an indiscriminate killer, but because the crossbred/hybrid was
just that, a killer of anything on four legs, native or domestic.
Today the purebred Dingo has been all but wiped out, by hunting, and baiting, but
mostly because domestic dogs have continued crossbreeding with these
wonderful animals. Today the purity of the Australian Dingo is preserved by a
dedicated group of people who continue to breed purebred Dingoes in captivity,
to prevent the extinction of this incredible animal.
Anyone who has been associated with the purebred Australian Dingo will tell you
the experience is like none other. Descendant of the Asiatic Wolf they are known
to be one of the oldest remaining ancestors of our domestic dog. To loose this
link from the past would be tragic, so it remains the task of dedicated breeders
and indeed anyone who shares a love and/or respect for them to educate the
public to see the difference between the purebred Dingo and the wild dog, so
that the Dingo is not blamed for the damage caused to livestock by the wild dog.
Remember the Wild Dog that does so much damage is not a purebred Dingo - it is
a hybrid - most often the result of pig dogs gone wild and then breeding with
THE FATE OF THE PUREBRED AUSTRALIAN DINGO IS IN ALL OUR
HANDS AND IT IS ONLY YOU AND I THAT CAN SAVE THIS
INCREDIBLE ANIMAL FROM EXTINCTION. PLEASE DO EVERYTHING
YOU CAN TO HELP THOSE FEW DEDICATED BREEDERS WHO ARE
INVOLVED IN CAPTIVE BREEDING PROGRAMS.
All enquiries to Mrs Jackie Davis, Dajackie Australian Dingoes
phone: 02-6368-3419 (in Australia) or 61-2-6368-3419 (overseas)
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