Wild dogs and dingoes | Brisbane City Council

Wild dogs and dingoes

A wild dog is any free-ranging dog without an owner. This includes domestic dogs that have become feral.

Wild dogs, dingoes and dingo hybrids are listed as an Invasive Biosecurity Matter, which requires landholders to manage this species in accordance with the Biosecurity Act 2014.

Wild dogs pose a serious threat to native wildlife and domestic animals and are managed as described in the Brisbane Invasive Species Management Plan 2013-2017.

Wild dog general facts

Wild dogs:

  • can potentially produce two litters of five pups per year
  • vary in colour from black to a reddish brown
  • are often seen during the day in urban areas
  • howl to attract pack members and repel intruders from their territory
  • are territorial and may be aggressive if threatened, especially in situations where packs of dogs are encountered
  • can travel over ten kilometres in a night
  • weigh approximately 16 kilograms (average adult dingo in Australia)
  • usually breed between February and June.

Problems with wild dogs

Wild dogs pose a serious threat to native wildlife and may prey on a variety of species from small frogs and reptiles to adult kangaroos and wallabies. In isolated remnant pockets of forest, wild dogs can have devastating impacts on local wildlife species. They can also injure or kill domestic pets, livestock or poultry. 

Wild dog management

Land owners can remedy a wild dog problem on their property by using exclusion fencing. If you enclose your property with pest animal exclusion fencing will make it less attractive to wild dogs.

Fencing should be about 1.8 metres high and should be buried under the ground at least 150mm to prevent wild dogs from digging under. The most commonly used mesh size is 75mm square.

Due to the cost, you may want to use pest animal exclusion fencing only around specific areas like poultry pens and small livestock. This is also effective.  

Other wild dog management measures

  1. You should never feed or attempt to befriend wild dogs - wild dogs that lose their fear of humans are a hazard.
  2. Keep your pets inside at night - a wild dog will attack domestic dogs and any other pet or native animal if the opportunity arises.
  3. Stay away from wild dogs , but if one approaches you, do not run.
  4. If a wild dog approaches a horse with rider, the rider should calmly walk the horse away from the dog.

Report wild dogs

If you see a wild dog remain calm and walk away, just like you would with any unrestrained domestic dog. Never run away from the dog.

To report a wild dog, phone Council on 07 3403 8888 or complete Council’s online Report it: Feral animal sightings form.

More information

Find out more information about wild dogs or their management, phone Council on 07 3403 8888. You can also find information about looking after your own dog.

06 September 2018