New DNA testing technology shows majority of wild dingoes are pure, not hybrids

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Article written by Ben Knight, via on 30 May 2023

Wild dingo populations have less dog lineage, with a significantly greater proportion of pure dingoes than previously thought, according to new research, challenging the view that pure dingoes are on the decline due to crossbreeding.
“This meant it often identified an animal as crossbred when it was a pure dingo or historical backcross.
“Most dingoes in the wild are pure dingoes, and the remaining animals are more dingo than anything else.
So, there may be even more variation in dingoes,” Dr Cairns says.
But the term obscures the reality that many pure dingoes and dingo-dominant backcrosses are being killed,” Dr Cairns says.

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