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    Hi everyone,

    I'm after a little bit of advice...

    Recently, I rescued an 8 month old pup from the local pound.
    I've been told it's a Dingo-Whippet cross.

    I've researched all over the Internet, and been unable to find any information on this cross-breed.

    Is anyone able to give me any advice on this breed of dog; specifically what to feed it and how much to exercise it.

    Any advice appreciated.

    Cheers

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    Wowsa. My sister had a dingo. Sadly it was prone to wander and really was not that smart. Cute though.

    The thing with mixes is that you don't really know what part of each dog you're getting. Then, mixing them together could make for a totally different personality altogether!

    My advice would be don't stress about it. You won't find any 'true' answer because there isn't one, and your unique little pup is one of a kind! (Pictures, PLEASE! Its going to be trial and error.

    I have a mix terrier and I find that the best food for her is dry dog food mixed with raw mince -chicken or beef. Canned food is ok for her, but does terrible things to my other two, and it's full of crap anyway. You can buy pet mince, it's a lot cheaper than human mince because it is of a lesser quality. Some buy human mince because of this, personally it doesn't bother me.

    As for exercise, being a pup, he/she won't need as much as when fully grown. Play ball, walk, tug of war, fetch, all those things are great and will give you a good indication of how much energy your dog has. My dogs have crazy amounts, they get walked every second day and I can guarantee that after an hour of off lead running about, they'll sleep for an hour and be at it again! They don't need to be exhausted from it, just enough to keep them happy, free from boredom and destruction.

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    What a job !! good luck there, I would Google and try to find someone who works with Dingoes to give you some help, I do have a mate who owns a Whippet in a bush situation and he hunts rabbits and such, so you are going to need to keep your dog well contained yet give it plenty of exercise, I did hear of a study that found Dingoes roam over literally hundreds of ks in very short order and suspect that no human could ever walk or run one far enough to tire it, so you might need to be very inventive in finding ways to keep it occupied and happy
    a BARF diet would probably be best, Google that too

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    pounds don't always get their id's right. It could also be a kelpie x whippet.

    Whatever, both are hunting dogs, like to chase down small animals, and now you have a really fast one.

    So exercise wise, I'd be looking for somewhere you can get him to run but where small white fluffy dogs (who look like dinner to some prey driven dogs - eg dingos and greyhounds and whippets), will be safe. He may also be keen to chase and eat cats, possums, sheep, chooks etc - so you will have to be really careful he doesn't get the opportunity - ever. And he can probably win high jump competitions, I know whippets can.

    If he does good recall - he might be a candidate for agility sports. But not if he runs off to chase anything that moves. It all comes down to what he likes and whether you can use that to your advantage - training wise.

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    Thanks everyone for the helpful advice.

    I’ve been meaning to post a reply up with a few more questions much earlier, however our little Dingo-Whippet (name is Scotty) has been a real handful recently and I just haven’t had the time.

    In terms of food, the raw mince option sounds like a really good idea and I’m sure he will like it. We have tried to buy him some puppy food but he mostly prefers to eat things like pizza and chicken nuggets.

    Scotty has also started to become very adventurous and is prone to wandering away quite often without our knowledge. Does anyone have any advice as to how to curb this behaviour?

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    A dog run with a concrete floor and closed roof - is the only thing to stop a wandering dog from wandering. If he's not desexed - then desexing may also curb the desire. If you want to find out without going so far as cutting him, you can get an injection instead. I met a lab owner who has gotten his dog injected - and it's stopped the humping and occasional aggressive behaviour.

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    Our puppy didn't like puppy food either, but if you mix it with the mince they sort of don't notice it. It's important to get him to have that, or puppy milk, because it has nutrients and vitamins etc in it that help them grow. They're like babies and formula.

    As for the wandering, make sure he has a collar that can't come off, with a tag that has your phone number on it. Microchipping is also necessary, but a collar works wonders and can save a trip to the pound.

    Dingoes are natural wanderers, I don't think there will be any 'fix'. Is he getting enough exercise? If he's tired and also has plenty of entertainment at home it could keep him there. If he has a high prey drive I'd cater to that, meaning lots of fetch and chasing. Fluffy toys that squeak are also great.

    Obedience training is also excellent. It will get him socialised and help him to bond with you. It will also let him know that he works for you, there is a hierarchy and he's at the bottom.

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    Thanks guys we definitely have a lot to work with now.

    Little Scotty is terrible when it comes to humping – the desexing idea is a good one and if that can stop him wandering off all the time as well that would be fantastic. And he will stop hassling the poodle next door.

    Scotty seems to have a very high sex drive for a young dog.
    I tied him up outside Coles the other day, only to come out and find him humping a Golden Retriever; the owner of the dog was less than impressed to find our cross-breed trying to have sex with her dog.

    We have just started our own form of obedience training as we also believe it’s a good idea that he knows he’s at the bottom of the hierarchy. We reinforce this by throwing his food on the roof of the shed every now and again. When he has been a really bad dog we lock him in the garage for a period of time, this is also the usual punishment for when he wanders off. We would love any other ideas in this regard as being a dingo-whippet Scotty can be fairly rude, as most dingo-whippets tend to be.

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    Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm............ ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh.........hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm mmmmmmmmm.................

    If you last post is fair dinkum and not a put on, then you need to seek advice URGENTLY on obedience training and understanding the canine. Your training methods are beyond comprehension and I am not sure what you hope to achieve by them.

    As for the dog being a Dingo x Whippet, as Hya said above, it could be anything and I would not be counting on this descritpion as being precise.
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    In all honesty, I suspect deliberate troll behaviour here with the 'training methods' and the 'diet'.

    Actually, it isn't just the diet and the training methods, it is the unusual mix, the fact they state they can't find any info on this "breed", then they state that this breed is prone to being 'rude' as most Dingo x Whippets are.... they tie their dog up outside a shopping centre, the dog has an 'adventorous nature' and wanders (ie they don;t contain it in any way and its a pup).... its all bunkum people.
    Last edited by Anne; 06-29-2011 at 08:26 AM.
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    A realist just finishes the damn thing and refills it.

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