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Is a dingo right for my family?

It takes a very special person to provide a home for a dingo and adopting saves two lives, the one you adopt and the next dingo we can save now we have a free spot at our shelter.
Please don't hesitate to let us know if you have any questions or if there's any way we can help! We understand this is a lot of new information to take in and we are here to assist in any way we can.


Please note it is not possible to keep a dingo in QLD, SA or TAS. To keep a dingo in NT or VIC you will need a permit prior to adoption. WA and NSW do not require permits. All interstate adoptions will still require a yard check, all dingoes must typically be collected in person and an face to face meet and greet with new owners at our Sydney shelter is required- in some cases it may be possible to fly dingoes to suitable homes after a Skype interview and yard check by local state-based volunteers.

Dingoes are not suitable to live with cats (unless kept entirely separately), birds, livestock, pocket pets or rabbits.

Dingoes are incredibly rewarding companions, they are intelligent, cheeky, energetic family members. They are extremely loyal animals, forming strong bonds with their owners. However dingoes are also a big commitment, they are high energy, aloof and independent. They live 15-20 years and due to the strong bonds they form with their families, rehoming is stressful and difficult for dingoes who can struggle to adapt to new environments and strangers. For this reason it's important to think about and research whether a dingo is a good fit for your lifestyle and family. Dingoes are for life.

We rehome a few types of dingo, what we typically call “low content” and “high content” dingoes, there's some fencing information specific to each different type of dingo below. We have both pups and adults looking for homes and their profiles (with information on all their different personalities and needs) can be viewed here:  Adoption fees range from $450 to $300 and this fee covers desexing, vaccinations and microchipping.  We do not support the breeding of dingoes and do not rehome undesexed dingoes.

A low content dingo typically has one parent who is a dog or a large amount of dog genetics. Low content dingoes are often called “dingo hybrids” or “dingo crosses”. Low content dingoes typically requires a 1.8m fence OR a dog enclosure/run. We are always more than happy to assist with dingo proofing fencing. Low content dingoes tend to have better recall (come when called) and are better off lead. High content dingoes cannot typically be allowed off lead outside the backyard.

A high content dingo typically has two dingo parents or a large amount of dingo genetics. High content dingoes are often known as “pure dingoes”. High content dingoes have much stricter fencing requirements due to their climbing ability. High content dingoes often have a high prey drive and cannot be around livestock, cats or birds. You will need ONE OR MORE of the follow BEFORE an adoption trial for a high content dingo can begin. Please note: we are always more than happy to assist with dingo proofing fencing free of charge.

- A 2.2m colour-bond or paling fence (one easy way to extend the height of fencing is with lattice)
- A 1.8m fence (of any sturdy material) with a 45 degree inward facing over-hang of 60cm to prevent climbing (see photos below).
- A dog enclosure at least 1.8m high with either a full roof or 45 degree inward facing over-hang of 60cm to prevent climbing. Must be at least 25m square (for instance 5m x 5m or 8m x 3m) we can help build a suitable enclosure for around $400

Please keep in mind regardless of height, mesh fencing is not suitable unless it has a curve at the top to prevent climbing.

Some manufacturers of pre-made dog enclosures include:


‚ÄčAnother option is using temporary construction fencing style panels from bunnings or welded mesh sheets and posts, an inward facing curve must be added to the top of the fence to prevent climbing.

Colourbond fencing can also be extended using lattice, the lattice comes in options of 30cm or 60cm high from most fencing suppliers.


A yard check is required for all adoptions and we also have a two week trial period to ensure every adoption is a good fit.
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