Cross breeds worry

Central and North Burnett Times - - RURAL UPDATE -

CROSSED breeds, not pure din­goes, are the real ones to worry about.

Rather than in­stalling some do­mes­tic ci­vil­ity into their wild cousins, Monto shooter Clive Turner said din­goes bred with Al­sa­tians or Marem­mas in par­tic­u­lar were some of the most ag­gres­sive dogs he ever came across.

“The clos­est call I ever had was prob­a­bly with a dingo crossed with a Maremma, they’re those big cat­tle dogs,” he said.

“It was huge, prob­a­bly about a third big­ger than a pure-bred. I shot it and it went into a big lump of lan­tana. I thought a lot be­fore go­ing in on my hands and knees. It was re­ally sav­age.

“Any­way, I got him ay. I wouldn’t’ have liked to chase that fella around in the dark for too long.”

While Mr Turner said a “nor­mal lit­tle dingo” is okay up to a point, they will still chase cat­tle. But the much big­ger and more ag­gres­sive cross-breds are be­com­ing much more popular, and he said it is rare to ever see a pure-bred dingo any­more.

“No mat­ter if they are cross bred or pure, din­goes will al­ways have a white tip on the end of their tail,” he said.

“That’s one thing I’ve no­ticed over the years. To see one with­out it is very rare.”

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