African Wild Dog

African Wild Dog

Each African hunting dog pack has a dominant monogamous breeding pair that prevents subordinates from breeding.

Each African hunting dog pack has a dominant breeding pair.

This pair can be identified by their increased tendency to urine mark. They are normally the only pair of pack members to mate and they tend to remain monogamous for life. Their life expectancy is approximately ten years.

Generally the dominant pair prevents subordinates from breeding. Breeding suppression between females may often result in aggressive interactions. Occasionally a subordinate female is allowed to mate and rear young.


Image | © zoofanatic, Some Rights Reserved (CC BY 2.0)
Sources | (Estes, 1991; Kingdon, 1997; Mulheisen, Allen, Allen, 2002; Nowak, 1999; Stuart & Stuart, 2007)

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