Habitat of the African wild dog
Habitat of the African wild dog
 
 
Two wild dog pups
Two wild dog pups
 
 
An adult wild dog
An adult wild dog
 
 
Close-up of an African wild dog
Close-up of an African wild dog
 
 
A pair of wild dogs
A pair of wild dogs
 
 
Wild dogs have a keen sense of hearing.
Wild dogs have a keen sense of hearing.
 
 
A hunting pack of wild dogs
A hunting pack of wild dogs
 
African Wild Dog
Topic(s):   Dogs (Wild), Endangered Animals, Grassland Animals, Mammals, Savanna Animals, Woodland Animals
Quick Facts
Type of Animal mammal
Biome(s) tropical grasslands
Habitat(s) open woodlands and savannas of Africa
Diet gazelles, impalas, zebras, wildebeests, hares, rodents, other small animals
Male male
Female female
Baby pup
Group pack
Predators hyenas, lions, crocodiles, people
Endangered yes; loss of habitat, hunted by farmers

The African wild dog lives in Africa. It has a coat with brown, black, white, and yellow patches. Each dog has unique patches. The patches are similar to our fingerprints. No two dogs will have the same patches.

The patches help the dog blend in with the pack. A pack is a group of dogs that lives together. When all the dogs blend together, predators cannot tell how many dogs there are. This helps to protect the dogs from being attacked.

This animal has large, rounded ears. The African wild dog also has very long legs that help it run fast. Each dog needs to run fast to catch food for the pack.

The African wild dog is very sociable. It lives in a pack of up to ten dogs. The dogs in the pack have common calls and even have a meeting before hunting!

There is one male dog and one female that are in charge. They are called the dominant pair. Only the dominant pair has pups. All the dogs in the pack take care of the pups. When it is time to eat, the pups eat first.

The African wild dog is endangered. People hunt and kill it. It is sometimes run over by cars. The dog may die because of diseases. Another reason the African wild dog is endangered is because people are using much of the land it lives on.

Resource information

African wild dog | Description, Habitat, & Facts. (n.d.). Retrieved from https://www.britannica.com/animal/African-hunting-dog

African Wild Dog | National Geographic. (2011, June 10). Retrieved from https://www.nationalgeographic.com/animals/mammals/a/african-wild-dog/

African Wild Dog. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.animalplanet.com/wild-animals/endangered-species/african-wild-dog/

A-Z-Animals.com. (n.d.). African Wild Dog. Retrieved from https://a-z-animals.com/animals/african-wild-dog/

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