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So it's not a picture of Maltese but I thought some people might be interested :D

I just started my PhD working on conservation genetics of Dingoes (the native wild dog of Australia) and recently I went out to meet a few - it was amazing!

Note most dingoes aren't tame but these are a few young ones who have been very well socialized and seem to love everyone!





They are stunning animals - pity they are persecuted in the wild (who'd have thought they would eat sheep :smilie_tischkante:)

Luna is going in for a hair cut today - I'll share photos later :wub:
 

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Great pictures, and what an interesting PhD! I've never heard of such, but that really means nothing. LOL! Have fun and good luck with your studies.
 

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How neat!

lol Sorry, but I couldn't help thinking about that Seinfeld episode. "Maybe the dingo ate your baby!"

They look way to sweet to do such a thing though! Oh and congrats for getting into such a fun PhD program! Looks like it rocks!! :D
 

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How neat!

lol Sorry, but I couldn't help thinking about that Seinfeld episode. "Maybe the dingo ate your baby!"

They look way to sweet to do such a thing though! Oh and congrats for getting into such a fun PhD program! Looks like it rocks!! :D
:HistericalSmiley: That's always my first thought too!

They're really so beautiful. That's an interesting study, I'm sure.
 

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Thanks everyone :)

Shiba Inu's are probably closely related to the Dingo, which is according to recent DNA evidence is one of the oldest dogs in the world. Other very old breeds are the New Guinea Singing Dog, Basenji, Akita and Shar Pei :)

I am very lucky about the PhD subject - I was super excited when I found out about the project!
 

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Great Pics Kylie! Thanks for sharing. They really are a beautiful dog (to me anyway). I saw a few 'wild' ones years ago when I went to Fraser Island - from all the negative stories I had heard, I have to admit I was a teensy bit scared of them!
 

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Very VERY VERY interesting subject for study ... LOVE it and LOOOOOVE these pictures. Thank you so much for sharing:aktion033: I read about Dingoes and watched some interact with precious little Bindi Irwin - loved them afterwards. The ones who were with her were also tame. These little guys who are in your pictures look also stunning. Yes, they remind me of Shiba Inu's too.

I am very lucky about the PhD subject - I was super excited when I found out about the project!
oh and we are so lucky that you share the subjects' stories here:chili: please share more when you can ^_^

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Kat

ps. mind if I ask what did you first study in college (as a first degree) ?
 

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wow those r beautiful beautiful dogs , what an interesting topic .. lokking forward to hearing more about them and seeing pics of luna as well.
 

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Well I did a Bsc of Science majoring in genetics and biology - my honour's (kinda like a masters) was on genetics of a cricket (yuk)! I am very very very glad to be working with a mammal and a dog at that!

I will try to share as much as I can :D
 

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Gee, this sounds interesting. Yes, please, share with us what you learn. Maybe we can learn a thing or two more about our little ones....afterall they are related....a little bit.. :thumbsup:

oh oh.....what about the Pharo hounds - that's a really old breed too, isn't it? I love learning stuff about dogs. I never heard of that singing breed - do hey sing?
 

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New guinea singing dogs and dingoes (along with Basenjis) all howl or yodel instead of barking - so it is a 'kind' of singing I guess :thumbsup:

I'm not sure if Pharoh hounds are ancient or if they have been breed to look like an ancient dog - I will try to look it up :)

A really interesting read is a recent article in Nature about the domestication and origin of dogs - shows that alot of breeds in similar groups i.e. terriers are closely related.

Relevant to maltese - they have found evidence that the mutation that causes small size has evolved once in the middle east so either all small dogs come from that region originally or have been developed using those breeds.

Additionally they have found that all dogs likely originated from the middle east back when hunter/gatherers started settling down and domesticating animals.

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