Monday, October 20, 2014

Rare Breed Monday: Kangaroo Dog

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The Kangaroo Dog is an Australian breed created by early settlers to help hunt for food and protect sheep against predators. There isn't a lot of information available about the breed and its history, but the earliest accounts go back to the late 1700s.

The breed is based on a deerhound and greyhound mix, and depending on what was available in the area other breeds such as Borzoi, Saluki, and Irish Wolfhound added qualities to create a running dog able to cope with the rugged and harsh conditions of Australia. The end result became a fast dog with fantastic eyesight, tough feet, and exceptional endurance.

Today the Kangaroo Dog is quite rare, and most of them still live as working dogs. They make good pets, but need something to do. Kangaroo Dogs are generally calm around the house, loyal, intelligent, affectionate, and good with children and other pets. These dogs will protect livestock from predators, but they make bad guard dogs because they really like people.

Kangaroo Dogs have a smooth coat, but there is also a version with rough coat that's called Staghound.  The two breeds are very similar, except for the coat.

~ Maria Sadowski ~

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