wild dog


Definition of wild dog

: any of various undomesticated canids (such as an African wild dog or a dingo) that resemble the domestic dog

Examples of wild dog in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Despite anecdotal reports and unconfirmed photographs in recent years, many feared the New Guinea highland wild dog had become extinct through loss of habitat and mixing with feral village dogs. Katie Hunt, CNN, "Rare 'singing' dog, thought to be extinct in wild for 50 years, still thrives," 31 Aug. 2020 But anecdotal reports and a pair of photographs suggested a similarly tan-colored, medium-sized wild dog was roaming the mountainous terrain near a gold mine on Papua, the western, Indonesian half of the large island north of Australia. Alex Fox, Smithsonian Magazine, "Thought to Be Extinct, New Guinea’s Singing Dogs Found Alive in the Wild," 2 Sep. 2020 Enter the highland wild dog, an equally mysterious canine known only from anecdotal observations and two photographs taken in 1989 and 2012. Michael Price, Science | AAAS, "New Guinea’s mysterious singing dogs found again in the wild," 31 Aug. 2020 Since the 1960s, distribution ranges of the snow leopard, gray wolf, and dhole—a type of wild dog—in giant panda nature reserves have decreased by over 75 percent, the research found. National Geographic, "China forges ahead with ambitious national park plan," 27 Aug. 2020 That figure rises to 77% for wolves, 81% for leopards, and a staggering 95% for dholes, a type of wild dog. Jessie Yeung, CNN, "China saved the giant panda, but conservation efforts ignored other species says new study," 4 Aug. 2020 Licking is also thought to be passed down from wild dog behavior, according to Pedigree, a company that makes and sells dog food. Martha Sorren, Woman's Day, "Here's Why Dogs Lick You Like Mad (Not That You're Complaining)," 24 June 2020 Over this past weekend, wild dogs struck again, attacking five people. New York Times, "Killer Dogs Take 14 Lives. Did Closing Slaughterhouses Play a Role?," 22 May 2018 Other species are experiencing similar problems: In Laikipia, a previously healthy population of wild dogs was all but wiped out in 2017 by a virus that spread from domestic canines. Ed Yong, The Atlantic, "The Last Giraffes on Earth," 13 Mar. 2020

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1786, in the meaning defined above

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“Wild dog.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wild%20dog. Accessed 1 Dec. 2020.

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