Wild Dog Breed List
May 6, 2019
By 2019, there aren’t all too many dog breeds which have been left undomesticated. Yet, there is still a handful of breeds which still happily roam the wild and don’t very much care for curling up on the sofa.
Naturally, these dog breeds do not make the best pets. Popular dog breeds such as Labradors, Poodles, and Bull Terriers have had generations of breeding behind them to make them the perfect household pet.
Wild dogs don’t have the same impulses to please as domesticated dogs. Instead, they rely on their natural instincts such as their prey-drives. These dogs can be incredibly dangerous to try and keep in check, so, it’s probably best you don’t get any ideas for future pets from this list of dogs – as cute as they may be!
The domestication of dog breeds happened somewhere between 16,000 and 32,000 years ago. So, that means domestic dogs have been our companions for around 10,000 years!
Here is a list of the top 8 wild or semi-wild dogs.
- African Wild Dogs
You may have seen African Wild Dogs in nature documentaries with their adorable Micky Mouse ears and distinctive fur markings. They are medium-sized dogs which like to hunt and live in packs to take down much larger prey. They also go by the name of Cape Wild Dog or Painted Wolf. To survive the wild, they have an incredibly athletic build which is capable of running at up to 41 miles per hour! They don’t hang around in making their kills either, it can be done in as little as two minutes!
- Asiatic Wild Dog
As we move through this list you will notice that many of the Wild dogs come from their own continent or geographical location. The Asiatic Wild Dog is a fox-like breed with a beautiful mane of fur, generally, they come from India and other Asian Countries, they go by names such as Red Wolf and Dhole. Just like the African Wild Dogs, they also like to hunt in packs and are built to survive in bitter, harsh and cold conditions such as the Himalayan mountains which border with Russia.
- Australian Dingo
The Australian Dingo is potentially the most well-known wild dog which features on this list. Film and other media have done a good job of painting Dingo wild dogs as loveable rogue characters. But what are they like in reality? Australians say that they are wolves in dog form. Whilst they may look like the Spitz breed of dog which is fairly stubborn minded, Australian Dingo dogs are extremely primitive dogs. This has led people to believe that they have been crossed with wolves in the past. This would explain a lot on why they still eat dead animal meat and still hunt in packs. Regardless, they are friendly with humans, and plenty of people have still made pets from them. It probably wouldn’t be recommended that you bring one into a small flat though!
- New Guinea Singing Dog
If you thought that Jack Russell Terriers were noisy dogs, you’d probably struggle with the decibels put out by the New Guinea Singing Dog which one of the rarest dog breeds to feature on this list. They have incredibly unique vocalization which is incredibly high pitched. Which, is a little strange when you consider their sturdy medium size. Other tricks up their sleeves are the ability to climb trees and spin their head around to 180 degrees! Unlike most of the dog breeds on this list, they only hunt in packs, but they generally like to live in pairs. Isn’t that adorable?
- Sri Lankan Yala Dog
Dogs don’t come much more hardy than the Sri Lankan Yala Dog, you may not have heard of them before as their numbers aren’t too great, however, if you were to head down to Yala National Park, you’d see plenty of the primitive dogs!
- Hierran Wolfdog
There are many forms of wolfdog still roaming in the wild, however, one of the most common is the Hierran Wolfdog who have avoided domestication for decades. They are one of the oldest breeds of dog known to man. No one even knows when or how their origin began, the best guess is that they come from Spain. They are incredibly athletic and very much built for the wild. So, it would be slightly cruel to expect them to be domesticated. However, reports show that they are incredibly intelligent and loyal. Yet, if you’re a stranger to a Hierran Wolfdog, don’t be all too surprised if they are slightly reserved.
- Racoon Dog
Racoon Dogs (or Tanukis) are one of the most adorable animals on the planet. Racoons may get a bad rep as trash pandas, but no dog lover would be able to resist a cuddle from a Raccoon dog! It is not known just how long that Raccoon dogs have been around, but recent evidence proves that they may have existed up to 2,588,000 years ago! No one can deny their reminiscence to actual racoons with their adorable bandit face masks. Sadly, in many parts of the world, it is illegal to own a racoon dog, just as it is illegal to own a racoon. It is said that they are to make good pets, however, they have never been a dog breed which has been fully domesticated. Some have tried only to learn that their racoon dogs aren’t all too well behaved, in fact, they have a tendency to steal things!
- Bush Dog
Bush Dogs look more like otters than they do dogs, however, they are very much canine! This is another rare breed to make the list, they aren’t often spotted outside of locations such as Panama or other leafy locations around South America. They’ve got some pretty funny tricks up their sleeves, well the female bush dogs do anyway, they like to mark their territory by doing a handstand on the trunk of a tree and urinating. How could you not love them?