Can a dhole be a pet?

Dholes are descended from wild ones. Some were domesticated to hunt or as pets in 1500s. There are over 1,550 breeds now, ranging from coyote-size to Great Dane-size. Hodgson kept several as pets. He found them as trainable as dogs.

They are not interfertile with Canis genus. Dholes are more distantly related to dogs than to black-backed jackals. Jackals cannot interbreed with dogs/wolves/dingoes.

Dholes are 90cm long, 50cm shoulder height. They have 45cm tails. They weigh 12-20kg. They live in forests and steppes. Foxes and cats cannot breed.

Some were pets in 1500s. There are over 1,550 breeds now. Hodgson kept them as pets. He found them trainable.

But dhole teeth are different from dogs. Hodgson kept them as pets. He found them trainable as dogs. Dholes are not cats.

Packs have 2-10 members. They run fast and hunt in packs, taking deer. Packs have been seen taking tigers – maybe killing some.

They eat fast and regurgitate food for others. They communicate like foxes. They also whistle.

Once many on 3 continents – Asia, Europe, North America. Habitat destruction threatens the 2,500 remaining. Mainly in reserves now.

Are dholes friendly?

Dholes are endangered. The total population is between 949 to 2,215 adults. Dholes live in Asia. In India they live in the Western Ghats, Central India, Northeast India, Eastern Ghats and Western Himalayas of Uttarakhand. Dholes are social. They live in clans. Common clan sizes are 12. Some clans have over 40 members. Clans have multiple breeding females. No rigid dominance hierarchies exist.

Dholes hunt in packs during day and night. They target large ungulates like deer, pigs, buffalo and goats. Dholes compete with tigers and leopards. Dholes are fast runners, swimmers and jumpers. They can jump over 7 feet high.

Dholes are not dangerous to humans but killed due to livestock threats. They can be domesticated. People steal kills from dhole packs. Though fearful of humans, they attack large animals including tigers. Dhole packs have even killed elephants.

Dholes face threats from habitat loss. Palm plantations, infrastructure development isolate them. Conservation efforts are needed. Dholes do not retreat at sight of humans.

Can dholes breed with dogs?

Dholes are dogs! The dhole is known as the Asiatic wild dog, red dog, and whistling dog. It is about the size of a German shepherd but looks more like a long-legged fox. Dholes communicate among themselves using a series of whistles, clicks, yips, and growls. Female dholes produce up to 12 pups per litter.

Dholes are more distantly related to dogs than they are to black-backed jackals. Dholes cannot interbreed with domestic dogs or wolves. Dholes are endangered with only 2,500 left worldwide.

Large wild cats such as tigers and leopards are the only natural predators of the dhole. The biggest threat to dhole populations has been from humans. Dholes are important predators in tropical forests and grasslands of Southeast Asia. Their long fur is water resistant and keeps them warm. This helps them hunt prey.

Do tigers eat dholes?

Tigers can attack, kill, and sometimes eat leopards and dholes. In wildlife reserves with abundant prey, dholes have less contact with more nocturnal tigers and leopards. Dhole packs can have 2 to 25 members. Dholes share space with tigers, leopards, wolves, and snow leopards. Predators of dholes include tigers and leopards. Dholes prey on deer, pigs, buffalo, and goats in India. In Southeast Asia they eat deer, gaur, and banteng. In Siberia they eat deer, sheep, and reindeer. Dholes also eat berries, bugs, lizards, and rabbits.

Dholes are easier to domesticate than wolves. Hodgson kept several as pets and found them trainable. Their hunting range is about 40 square km. The dhole lives in forest steppes, thick plains and hill jungles.

Dholes are wild canids, efficient predators and communal pack hunters. Dhole packs have even killed tigers. But dholes remain endangered.

Alligators, bears, crocodiles, dholes, elephants, hyenas, leopards, other tigers and humans prey on tigers. Many think tigers lack predators. But cubs attract predators.

People eat tigers in Asia. Tiger meat is a delicacy. Some use tiger parts for medicine. Although illegal, some people don’t care.

Yes, tigers eat their young. Humans, leopards, crocodiles, dholes and even other tigers prey on tigers. Tiger cubs have more predators than adults.

Dholes communicate through whines, yaps, screams, growls and chatter calls. IUCN lists dholes as endangered. Dholes deal with competition from tigers and leopards for resources and lack of global recognition.

In India, tigers kill and eat rhinos. Tiger attacks kill 15 to 20 rhino cubs a year in Assam’s Kaziranga Park. Territorial crocodiles attack when disturbed, especially in mating season.

While dholes and maybe crocodiles eat tigers, few animals kill tigers. Those that can mainly do so in defense. But cubs face harm from many animals.

Human, dholes and tigers prey on tigers. Poaching and habitat loss speed the decline of tigers. Tiger cubs can fall victim to adult tigers. Encounters with dholes may also kill tigers, though dholes suffer losses.